Greenville – Thomas F. Gilbert Jr., 81, passed away peacefully November 9, 2019, at his home. He was born January 20, 1938, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Emily (Streker) and Thomas F. Gilbert Sr. A proud U.S. Army veteran, Tom retired after a career as a security guard for General Motors in Linden, New Jersey. He was an avid outdoorsman, and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling. Tom had a deep passion for rabbit hunting, and he raised beagles for over 40 years. Some of his favorite memories were teaching his boys to hunt and fish. He stood by the New York Giants, Yankees, and Rangers faithfully and enjoyed all sports. Tom often could be found reading; he read hundreds of books and especially appreciated reading about history.
Tom is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn (Hansen) Gilbert of Greenville; three sons, Thomas F. Gilbert III of Frenchtown, Michael J. Gilbert of Chapel Hill, Tennessee, and John P. Gilbert and his wife, Claudia, of Branchburg, New Jersey; four grandchildren, Matt, Abby, Christopher, and Nichole; great-grandson, Jasper; brother, Glenn of Wallington, New Jersey; brother-in-law, Dave Hansen and his wife, Sharon, of Greenville, and Tom and Marilyn’s oldest friend, Diana McKinley. He is deeply missed by his little Yorkie mix, Buddy. Tom was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Bruce Gilbert; and his fishing buddy, Richard McKinley.
No services as requested by the family. In lieu of flowers or cards, memorial contributions in memory of Tom may be made to CHCS Hospice, 42 Cedar Street, Bangor ME 04401. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.