Donald Gilbert

Obituary of Donald Gilbert

Donald Gilbert, 87, of Ocean City, NJ, formerly of Holland, PA, went to be with the Lord, September 28, 2017. Don was born June 16, 1930, in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, PA. He was the son of Earl and Elsie (Black) Gilbert. Preceding him in death was his wife of 61 years, Susan Jane (Dougherty) Gilbert.

He is survived by three children: Sue (Rick) Reed, Gail Allen, Wayne (Patti) Gilbert, and five grandchildren: Nick (Amanda Hoffman) Reed, Zack (Jessica) Reed, Rachael Reed, and Becky and Luke Allen.

In his youth, his favorite pastime was playing basketball. He played on the very successful Beacon Presbyterian Church team. He also enjoyed many hours hanging out on a Kensington street corner with what would be his lifelong friends.

Don served in the army during the Korean conflict, and was a proud member of the American Legion Morvay - Miley Post 524. For most of his life, Don worked as a banker. He was an active member of The Union Chapel By The Sea. Don also was an avid Philadelphia sports fan, following the Eagles, Sixers, and Phillies. Many a game you could hear him coaching from the couch. He also enjoyed spending many hours on the golf course.

Don will be remembered for his friendliness and how he could make people feel comfortable. He always had something good to say and kept a positive attitude. He loved talking about his grandchildren. 

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 11:00 AM at the Union Chapel By The Sea, 55th & Asbury, Ocean City, NJ. A visitation will precede at 10:00 AM. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent in his name to Union Chapel by the Sea or Ocean City American Legion, Morvay - Miley Post 524.

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