Matthew A. Gilmore, Jr., a 50-year resident of North Salem, New York, died peacefully at Danbury Regional Hospice on July 2. 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, 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 Loral Space & Communications in Yonkers, from which he retired.
On September 9, 1961, Matt married his wife Marie C. Leno at Holy Family Church in Brooklyn. Together, they started their family in Flushing, Queens before moving to North Salem 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, Connecticut, Catherine M. Hennessey and her husband Joe of Annandale, Virginia and Maria C. Hlushko of North Salem; ten grandchildren, Claire (Aaron) Chriss, Megan Walsh, Erin, Richard and Kieran Taylor, Kristen, Michael and Brian Hennessey, and Kate and Anna Hlushko, along with his 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 was celebrated July 9 at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Brewster. Interment followed at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Somers.
Contributions in Matt’s memory may be made to: Regional Hospice and Palliative Care of Danbury, 30 Milestone Road, Danbury, CT 06810 or to Maryknoll Fathers, PO Box 304, Maryknoll, NY 10545- 0304, www.maryknoll.org.