Laurence Edward Gilman, a longtime resident of East Side Road and formerly of Lincoln Green in Lincoln, passed away Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Grafton County Nursing Home in Haverhill, following a period of declining health.
Larry was born on December 26, 1932, in Woodstock, NH, the youngest of four sons of Fred S. and Florence A. (Russell) Gilman.
Larry was a lifelong resident of the Woodstock-Lincoln area and attended local schools. He was always glad to let his children know his walk to and from school was uphill both ways with snow knee deep.
Larry was a “jack of all trades” and never afraid to get his hands dirty. In earlier years, he was employed at the Franconia Paper Company, worked as a cook in area restaurants, and worked at Cannon and Loon Mountain doing various jobs from ski patrol to grooming and maintenance. He also worked as a tow rope operator for the Kanc Ski slope. One of his proudest moments was successfully designing the first “snow gun” for Loon Mountain in the late 1960’s after being challenged to do so by Sherman Adams, the resort’s founder. He worked construction for many years, retiring as a cement truck driver for Persons Concrete Co. in Campton, NH. In his retired years, he was a school bus driver.
Larry served his community as a member of the Select board, helping to bring Burndy Corp. to Lincoln. He was a volunteer firefighter and a member of the NH Army National Guard. He was a communicant of St. Joseph Church in Lincoln, NH and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
His fondest past-times and memories included hunting, fishing, camping at Elbow Pond, gardening, and building birdhouses. He was an avid cook with his saying being “The more you eat, the better I like you.” Servings were lumberjack size when Dad cooked, giving you ample opportunity for him to like you better. He loved to sing and play the harmonica and fiddle. He had a song for everything and everyone. He was a true Yankee and could tell good Yankee tales all day long. Being a leftover from an older generation who knew all about being a woodsman, he shared this knowledge with the next generation teaching them how to live in the wilderness. He used to say, “I know a little bit about everything and a lot about nothing.” His knowledge and love for animals was a big part of his life. Having grown up a farmer, he always continued to have a variety of animals incorporated into his family’s life from chickens, ducks, pigs, goats, and horses to the beloved family cats and dogs. In retirement, he also enjoyed traveling with his wife Lillian to Florida and around the country in their RV. They made it to all but three states.
Besides his parents, he is pre-deceased by a son Matthew Gilman and three brothers: Robert, Paul, and Murray Gilman.
He leaves behind his loving wife Lillian (Married May 22, 1987) of North Woodstock; three daughters: Louise Leigh (Brad) of York, ME, Laura Sears of Somersworth, NH, and Lydia Wallace (Russell) of Stanstead, P.Q.; two sons: John Gilman (Julie) of Windsor, VT and Patrick Gilman (Laurie) of Candia, NH; 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm Friday, May 18th at Fournier-Hale Funeral Home, 144 Main Street, No. Woodstock, NH.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am on Saturday, May 19th at St. Joseph Church in Lincoln, NH. Rev David Kneeland will officiate. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Lincoln.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Kanc Recreation area.
Online guestbook at www.fournier-hale.com.