Nelson F. Gilman Jr.


1923 – 2014

EAST WATERBORO — Nelson F. Gilman Jr., 91, of Farmington, passed away in East Waterboro on Saturday, Dec. 20, at the home of his daughter.

He was born in Harmony on May 28, 1923, a son of Nelson and Elizabeth Gilman Sr.

As a young man, he worked for Hight Chevrolet in Skowhegan as a mechanic before moving on to Bath Iron Works during World War II.

After living in Florida for a few years, he moved back to Maine and worked for local garages and married Marie Stewart. In 1966, they moved to Hawaii for two years before making their way back to Maine. Nelson worked as a bus driver for seven years for SAD 9. He retired as a car salesman from Knapp Brothers in Kingfield, upon its closing.

He was a very active and committed Mason for over 40 years. Nelson enjoyed camping, gardening, reading and collecting cars. He also enjoyed playing the banjo, his guitar and listening to bluegrass music. He was well-known for his sense of humor and ability to entertain and tell jokes. He wintered in North Carolina for many years, where he made many lifelong friends.

Nelson is survived by his son, Gerry Gilman and significant other, Nancy Weeks, of Mercer; his daughter, Donna Schofield and husband, Paul, of East Waterboro; his stepdaughter, Rosalie Perkins and husband, Lloyd, of New Sharon; grandchildren, Adam, Patrick, David, Carile, Sharon, Joanne and Karen; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marie; a grandson, Russell Greenwood; stepdaughter, Gloria Barr; his brother, Carl E. Gilman; and several half-sisters and -brothers.

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