Life Story for
Matthew Gilmore Jr.
Matthew A. Gilmore, Jr., a 50-year resident of North Salem, NY, died peacefully at Danbury Regional Hospice on Monday July 2, 2018. Matt was in his 82nd year of life- a life that was full of love, joy, and splurging on extravagant meals.
Matt was Born on May 29, 1937 in Queens, NY, son of the late Matthew A. Gilmore Sr. and Dorothy (Durand) Gilmore. As a 1959 Manhattan College graduate, Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and eventually went on to work for Grumman, Technicon, and Loral Space & Communications in Yonkers, NY, from which he retired.
On September 9, 1961 Matt married his wife, Marie C. Leno at Holy Family Church in Brooklyn, NY. Together, they started their family in Flushing, Queens before moving to North Salem, NY in 1968. Marie predeceased Matthew on May 27, 2015.
Matt enjoyed puttering around the house, organizing and then re-organizing his many gadgets, fixing cars, and bragging about his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was the master of unfinished projects, a lover of single malt whiskey, and was genuinely good company. Matt considered himself a Traveling Catholic and more often than not, only God knew where he would be for Sunday Mass. At every family gathering, he could be found near the dessert table, talking about the latest gadget he found on Amazon, or napping upright wherever he was sitting. Matt will forever be remembered for his wit, his compassion, and his vast knowledge of random facts.
Matt is survived by his three daughters, Margaret G. Taylor of Danbury, CT, Catherine M. Hennessey and her husband Joe of Annandale, VA and Maria C. Hlushko of North Salem, NY; ten grandchildren, Claire (Aaron) Chriss, Megan Walsh, Erin, Richard and Kieran Taylor, Kristen, Michael and Brian Hennessey, Kate and Anna Hlushko. Also five great grandchildren, Colin, Fallon, Ryan, Adam and Sarah. He was also predeceased by his son Matthew A. Gilmore III on November 13, 1998.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday July 9, 2018 10:00am at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, Brewster, NY. Interment following at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Somers, NY. Friends may call at the Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Ave. Brewster on Sunday from 2-6pm. www.beecherfuneralhome.com
Contributions in Matt's memory may be made to: Regional Hospice and Palliative Care of Danbury, 30 Milestone Road, Danbury, CT 06810-OR- Maryknoll Fathers, PO Box 304, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0304. www.maryknoll.org