The Obit For Ed Gilman

Edwin C. Gilman

Published in the Gloucester Daily Times from 4/14/2009 - 4/15/2009

GLOUCESTER — Edwin Charles Gilman, 79, longtime resident of Gloucester and husband of Marcia J. Luster, died at DenMar Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Sunday, April 12, 2009 following a long illness.

Born in Ashland, March 7, 1930, he was raised in Ashland where he attended public schools.

Mr. Gilman was a star athlete in high school and following graduation he volunteered for service in the United States Navy where he served until his honorable discharge. Following completion of his Navy service, Mr. Gilman for several years played professional baseball in the Boston Braves organization. While playing for the Braves organization he had occasionally pitched to Willie Mays, where he would wryly comment some 40 years later, "I think the ball is still going."

Mr. Gilman retired in 1992, from Whitman and Howard Inc. where as an inspectional engineer he supervised large-scale infrastructure projects in many Massachusetts municipalities.

Following his retirement, Ed was most happy when he was spending time with his wife Marcia working on their East Gloucester home.

A skilled and tireless woodworker, Ed enjoyed helping family members with home renovation projects. During family gatherings Ed would most often be seen with one of his grandchildren asleep on his chest.

Mr. Gilman is survived by his wife Marcia of Gloucester; his three sons and two daughters, Edwin Gilman and his wife Danielle, Gary Gilman and his wife Dee, Jay Gilman and his wife Debbie, and daughters Jayne and husband Edward O'Neill, Tammy and husband Michael Stepien; three stepsons William Luster and his wife Kemith, Michael Luster and his wife Ann-Marie and Chris Gillon; his grand-children, Geoffrey, Jacqueline, Brittany, Eddie, Corey, Olivia, Julia, Emma, Sean, Drew, Charlie, Lizzie, Kit and Lucy-Jeanne; his brother-in-law Kevin Flaherty and his wife Judy and sister-in-law Patricia Pascucci. Mr. Gilman is also survived by former wife Barbara Gilman, of Ashland. He was predeceased by stepdaughter Elizabeth Luster.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester, on Saturday, April 18, at 11 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery.