Carl V. Gilbert, 84, of Whitman, Massachusetts died on March 12 at Golden Living Center in Middleboro after a long illness.
Born in Whitman, Massachusetts in 1932 and the oldest son of Carl Vincent A. Gilbert and Adelaide (Fox) Gilbert, he attended the Whitman Schools.
Prior to graduation he traveled to Idaho where he worked as a smoke jumper and later joined the US Army 82nd Airborne Division. He entered the Massachusetts State Police Academy in 1962 as part of the 45th RTT, retiring in 1974 with the rank of Sergeant. While in the State Police he served out of several barracks throughout the state.
A lifelong resident of Whitman, he started a remodeling business with his wife and two sons and later became the Whitman Building Commissioner.
He was a former member of Whitman’s Kiwanis Club and the American Legion. He enjoyed playing the guitar and banjo, often called to play for blue grass bands performing in Boston.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lorraine (West) Gilbert and his brother John Gilbert and his wife Shirley of California. He is predeceased by brother’s George Gilbert and James Gilbert, husband of Judy Gilbert of Falmouth and sisters Bette LePore, Linda March, wife of Richard March of Halifax and Corrine Collins. He leaves behind a daughter Kathleen (Gilbert) Marinucci of Norwood, two sons, Wayne Gilbert and his wife Beth of Marstons Mills and Paul Gilbert and his wife Erin of Whitman, his five grandchildren, several cousins, nieces and nephews and close friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to the Funeral Services on Tuesday March 21 at 10 a.m. at the Blanchard Funeral Chapel, Plymouth Street (Rte. 58 @ the rotary) Whitman. Burial will follow in the Colebrook Cemetery, Whitman. Visiting hours will be held on Monday March 20 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 1359 Broadway – Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018