Gilbert Collamore

December 28, 2015

Gilbert Collamore
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

GILBERT COLLAMORE – of Peabody, December 28th, beloved husband of Margaret (Gilgun) Collamore. Devoted father of Brian Collamore and his wife Chris, of Rutland, VT, Barry Collamore and Susan Kirkman of Concord, and Bruce Collamore and Debbie Campbell of Newbury, NH. Beloved grandfather to Stephany Collamore, Ian Collamore and his wife Maryellen, David Collamore and his wife Betsy, and Brian J. Collamore. Dear brother-in-law of Frederick V. Gilgun and his wife Dorothy, Rosemarie Gilgun and David I. Gilgun all of Woburn and the late Mary Cullinane, Rose Gilgun, Fr Bernard E. Gilgun, Richard E. Gilgun, Laurence P. Gilgun and John F. Gilgun. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch –Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St. Woburn, on Saturday, January 2nd at 8:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 9. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Friday, January 1st, from 2 to 5 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Gil’s memory to the Bedford Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Attention Voluntary Services, 200 Springs Rd, Bedford, MA 01730.

OBITUARY:

Gilbert Collamore passed away peacefully at the age of 93 at the Kaplan House in Danvers, MA after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of Margaret (Gilgun) Collamore of Brooksby Village, Peabody, MA. They were married for 65 years and lived at Brooksby Village for the last 12 years.

Gil was born in Detroit, MI the only son of Kenelm and Blanche (Gaudet) Collamore. He attended the public schools of Detroit and shortly after graduating from Detroit High School; Gil joined the American Field Service and served as an ambulance driver in North Africa supporting the Allies during WWII. When he finished his tour with the American Field Service, he then joined the United States Army in the European theatre and attained the rank of sergeant before the war ended.

He met his wife Margaret (Gilgun) Collamore while both were attending the University of Detroit on the GI bill and they married in 1950. Soon after, Gil started working in the Personnel Department at the Veteran’s Hospital in Dearborn, MI and also went to graduate school part-time studying psychology. In 1961, after 3 children joined the family, they moved to the greater Boston area and Gil transferred his job to the Bedford Veteran’s Hospital where he worked as a psychologist until his retirement in 1992.

Gil was well loved by all who knew him as he constantly sought ways to be helpful to others. He only stopped working at the age of 70 because it was the mandatory retirement age within the Veteran’s Administration, and he then put more energy into his volunteer activities and was very involved in supporting his children and grandchildren in their endeavors. The expression that his family heard often from Gil was “anything I can do to help?”

After retirement, Gil and Margaret spent a great deal of time in Gloucester and could be frequently seen strolling the sands of Good Harbor Beach. They were also loyal attendees at many sports activities of their grandchildren.

At Brooksby Village, the retirement community where he and Margaret lived for the past 12 years, Gil organized a table tennis group for his fellow residents. Gil was a talented table tennis player himself but was most interested in teaching others to play, as the role of being a mentor was one he greatly enjoyed. Gil had many friends at Brooksby and greatly enjoyed the sense of community there. He will be dearly missed by his family and the people he helped over the years.

Gilbert was the beloved husband of Margaret (Gilgun) Collamore. Devoted father of Brian Collamore and his wife Chris, of Rutland, VT, Barry Collamore and his partner Susan of Concord, and Bruce Collamore and Debbie Campbell of Newbury, NH. Beloved grandfather to Stephany Collamore, Ian Collamore and his wife Maryellen, David Collamore and his wife Betsy, and Brian J. Collamore. Dear brother-in-law of Frederick Gilgun and his wife Dorothy, Rosemarie Gilgun and David Gilgun all of Woburn and the late Mary Cullinane, Rose Gilgun, Fr Bernard E. Gilgun, Richard E. Gilgun, Laurence P. Gilgun and John F Gilgun. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch –Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St. Woburn, on Saturday, January 2nd at 8:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 9. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Friday, January 1st, from 2 to 5 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Gil’s memory to the Bedford Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Attention Voluntary Services, 200 Springs Rd, Bedford, MA 01730.

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  1. Barry,
    We are so sorry for your loss of your Dad in this life, he sounds like a wonderful man who lived a very full and giving life.
    May you and your family be comforted in this sad time.
    Noreen and Cian Fields

  2. Martin
    To the family, With deep sympathy, we share your sorrow. ” Jesus said to her. I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life. “- John 11: 25

  3. Brian,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your father was obviously part of the Greatest Generation and lived quite a full life. I am sure he will be sorely missed by your family.

    My Condolences

    Thomas Murray

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