Haverhill — – Ernest R. “Gil” Guilbert, 84, of Haverhill died Saturday, January 5, at the Oxford Manor Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
Born and educated in Haverhill, he was the son of the late, Ernest G. and Lillian (Buisson) Guilbert. He attended St. Joseph’s Grammar School and was a graduate of Haverhill trade School, Class of 1946. He proudly served in the U.S. Army national Guard.
Beginning his career in the local shoe industry he worked for Knipe bros. and Ornstein Shoe. He then went to work for the Gillette Corporation in North Andover as a forklift operator retiring in 1992 after thirty years of service to the company. Having a special place in his heart for children, after retiring Gil was the Crossing Guard on Main Street at the Walnut Square School.
Gil was an avid runner and hiker. He ran two Boston marathons and along with his wife, Rae, they traveled throughout the country and hiked Mount Rainier in Washington State and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
He leaves his beloved wife of fifteen years; Rae E. (Knowlton) Guilbert, of Haverhill, two daughters; Donna Nevers, of Garden City, Idaho, and Susan Warcewicz, of Haverhill, three step children; Michael Wilkins of Haverhill, Donald Wilkins and his wife, Angela, of Sandown, NH, and Patricia Thayer and her husband, David, of El Cajon, CA; nine grandchildren, Troy Warcewicz, Ashley Defore and her husband, John, Philip and Patrick Fackler, Alora and Mahkala Nevers, Timothy Wilkins, and Brett and Cody Harris and one great grandson, Elijah Nevers. The widower of Irene (Rand) who died in 1992, he was predeceased by his sisters, Eleanor Zagouski, Lorette Klimovich, and Blanche Lavalle.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends and relatives are respectfully invited to call on Wednesday, January 9, from 5 until 8 PM at the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main St. (Rte 125) Haverhill. Funeral services and burial are private. Memorial donations are suggested to be made in his name to the children’s or animal charity of one’s choice. To send condolences or for directions, please visit Comeau Funeral Home on Facebook, or www.comeaufuneral.com