Putnam – Robert T. Gilbert, 88, of Battey St., died Friday, March 20, 2015 in Matulaitis Nursing Home. He is the loving husband of Gloria (Greene) Gilbert. Born in Putnam, he was the son of the late Wilfred and Annabelle (Harrington) Gilbert.
Mr. Gilbert was a United States Navy veteran of WWII. He worked for the State Highway Department and also for Joy’s Orchard in Woodstock. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening and was a member of the Albert J Breault VFW.
In addition to his wife, Robert is survived by his sons; Robert Gilbert and his wife Donna of Ohio, David Gilbert and his wife Pat of Putnam, James Gilbert and his wife Debbie of Dayville, John Gilbert and his wife Patricia of Dayville, Gary Gilbert and his wife Mary of Danielson, Dennis Gilbert of Putnam, Timothy Gilbert and his companion John of Manchester, Kevin Gilbert of Eastford, Paul Gilbert and his wife Maryann of Woodstock, Keith Gilbert and his wife Tory of Putnam; daughters, Terry Perron and her husband Norm of Putnam, Cathy O’Connor and her husband Patrick of NH, and Cricket Brennan and her husband Bill of Michigan; brother, Henry Gilbert of Putnam; sisters, Kay Lyons of Leicester, MA, Pauline Gilbert of South Killingly, and Leonie Dauphinais of Putnam; 27 grandchildren; and 30 great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his brothers, James, Wilfred and Bernard “Cookie” Gilbert; and his sister, Mary Szruba.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Robert’s family from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, March 23, 2015 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam. A gathering will begin in the funeral home at 10:00 am on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St, Putnam, CT. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Roberts name to St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St., Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.