Harry Gillum, president of West Virginia’s Showtime Music, passed away from pancreatic cancer on Feb. 27. He was 67.
“As some of you know, Harry’s long battle with pancreatic cancer ended on Sunday night,” wife Brenda Gillum wrote on Facebook. “He was our Superman but it was his time to finally be at peace. I know he will be missed by all. Our hearts are broken. Love to all, Brenda and family.”
Gillum opened Showtime Music in 1991, adding a second store in 2000. He was long a music industry advocate, serving on the board of the Independent Music Store Owners group.
Gillum was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer four years ago, and often provided updates on his progress. In his last post on Feb. 25, Gillum stated in part:
“I have no regrets and am thankful for the borrowed time I have been given. I may communicate again if I am given extra time.”
Gillum is survived by his wife of 46 years, Brenda Leigh Croop Gillum, of Stonewood, W.Va., whom he married on June 7, 1975.
Also surviving are his daughter, Gigi Thomas and husband Dave of Ohio; three sons, Chris Gillum and wife Fallon of Schellsburg, PA, Nick Gillum of Morgantown, and Jonathan Gillum of Stonewood; seven grandchildren, Zach and Austin Thomas, Paiton, Mackson, Asher, Landen and Norah James Gillum; one sister, Barbara Blankenship and husband Tom of Georgia; two brothers, Tom Gillum and wife Bette of North Carolina, and Mike Gillum of Fayetteville; and five nieces, Tami, Betsy, Stephanie, Jennifer, and Crystal.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made out to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, PO Box 1849 Longmont, CO 80502 in memory of Harry.
Harry Gillum will be sorely missed by the entire music instrument industry. There was an outpouring of support following word of his passing.