Thomas Edward Gilbert
February 5, 1962 – November 10, 2014
Thomas Edward Gilbert, age 52, of North East, MD, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 10, 2014 while surrounded by his family.
Born in Elkton, Maryland on February 5, 1962, Thomas was a son of Clarence E. Gilbert and Allene Conn Gilbert. He was a member of the Glasgow High School graduating class of 1980 and would later serve his country as a member of the Army National Guard. Thomas was currently employed as a packaging technician with the JM Smucker Company.
A talented handyman, he could fix anything and was happy to lend a helpful hand to anyone in need. Thomas enjoyed time spent outdoors and especially liked tending his vegetable garden. He was well known by family and friends as a “master griller” and for his outgoing and humorous personality. In his leisure time, Thomas loved fishing. He was happiest in the company of his beloved family and was a devoted father, son, brother, uncle and most of all – a cherished Pop-Pop to his grandchildren who were the apples of his eye.
Thomas was preceded in death by his father, Clarence and brother, Larry. He is survived by his mother, Allene; children, Thomas E. Gilbert, Jr. of Coatesville, PA, Tiffany E. Gilbert and fiancé, Matthew M. Hersh of West Orange, NJ, Melanie E. Gilbert of Portsmouth, NH and Zachary M. Gilbert and fiancée, Jessica A. Kimball of Coatesville, PA; brothers, William D. Gilbert of North East, MD and Michael S. Gilbert, Sr. and wife, Christine of Newark; sisters, Karen S. McGill of Elkton, MD and Mary Ann Gilbert of Fort Myers, FL; 3 grandchildren, Aiyana J. Reyes, Isaiah E. Reyes and Freya D. Gilbert; 7 nieces; and 6 nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 12 Noon on Friday, November 14, 2014, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 12 Noon. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sarcoma Foundation of America, 9899 Main Street, Suite 204, Damascus, MD 20872 or by visiting www.curesarcoma.org.