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Neil Gilmore

Neil Elton Gilmore

Wednesday, May 27th, 1936 - Sunday, August 23rd, 2020
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Obituary

Neil Elton Gilmore of Port Huron, St. Clair, and Fort Myers, age 84, passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2020, in St. Clair.

Neil was born May 27th, 1936, to the late Charles D. and Loretta G. (Howe) Gilmore at his grandparents’ home in Port Huron.

Neil married Karan O. Kerbyson on August 31, 1956, the wedding anniversary of both parents. They were childhood neighbors and spent kindergarten through graduating at Port Huron Junior College (now SC4) in 1956 together. Karan worked and saw Neil through University of Michigan, Dearborn Campus, in 1963 with a BBA.

Neil was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Port Huron; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, St. Clair; and Iona Hope Church, Fort Myers, Florida. Service groups included St. Clair Rotary and Port Huron Breakfast Optimist Club. He served seven years in the U.S. Army Reserve and helped draft the original Charter Revision Committee in Port Huron. He worked as Treasurer of Sheldon Industries, Budget Analyst of Mueller Brass Co., Director of Urban Renewal for the City of Port Huron, Stock Broker at Manly Bennett, Business Manager for East China School District (later serving as President of the East China School Board), and Comptroller for Unitron Industries of Port Huron. He coached Little League and was a Cub Scout Master.

More recently he enjoyed retirement with homes in Fort Myers, Florida and East China, Michigan. He will be remembered for his wonderful wit, his ready laugh, loving his precious family and will be forever missed by his wife, family and friends.

Neil is survived by his loving wife Karan of 64 years; children, Brian Gilmore, Brent (Sheila) Gilmore and Heather (Ron) Watson; five grandchildren, Brandon Gilmore, Clare Gilmore, Kaitlyn Bieth, Abigail Bieth, and Brendan Watson; brother-in-law, Thomas Cairns; sister in law, Carol J. Smith; brother and sister in law, Edmund Wade and Margaret Kerbyson; along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Sharon Cairns.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Smith Family Funeral Home-Hancock Street. Funeral services will be Thursday, August 27, 2020, in the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. Rev. David Vickers will officiate. Interment and graveside services will be held at Grace Episcopal Church Columbarium on Thursday, September 3, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. Rev. Lydia Speller will officiate.

Memorials for Neil may be made to St. Paul’s Church, Grace Episcopal Church, Alzheimer’s Disease Organization or Parkinson’s Disease Organization.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Smith Family Funeral Home - North
    Address
    1525 Hancock Street
    Port Huron, Michigan 48060
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  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, August 27th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, August 27th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Smith Family Funeral Home - North
    Address
    1525 Hancock Street
    Port Huron, Michigan 48060
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  • Service

    Thursday, August 27th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, August 27th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Smith Family Funeral Home - North
    Address
    1525 Hancock Street
    Port Huron, Michigan 48060
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    Officiant
    Rev. David Vickers
  • Interment

    Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 | 6:00pm
    When
    Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 6:00pm
    Location
    Grace Episcopal Church Columbarium
    Address
    1213 6th St
    Port Huron, Michigan 48060
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Posted at 05:43pm
Sending love and comfort to you. I'm keeping you in my thoughts. The love and laughter he shared will always be a blessing.
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Norma Meyer

Posted at 12:31pm
Dear Karan, so sorry to learn about Neil. He was always such a class act. Wish I could be with you but it seems for safety reasons I’m driving less and less. From what I glean, you’ve not had an easy row to hoe for a number of years. But I’m sure you have wonderful memories that will sustain you. With much love, Norma Meyer
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Christine Livingston

Posted at 09:58am
Neil was one of the best men I ever had the privilege of knowing. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Karen & their family.
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Posted at 08:39am
With caring thoughts and love,
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