Gene R. Gilman
September 15, 1932 – December 19, 2015
Gene R. Gilman, 83, of North Woodstock, NH, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on December 19, 2015. Gene was born in Littleton, NH on September 15, 1932, to Elmer H. and Muriel Stiles Gilman (both deceased). He started school in 1937 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic School in Littleton, NH and subsequently graduated in 1949 from Whitefield High School in Whitefield, NH. He became a great Dad to nine, loyal friend to countless more, dedicated mentor to us all, and an entrepreneur who refused to accept mediocrity or take ‘no’ for an answer. Aside from a passion for cooking, Gene loved to hunt, fish, amuse us with jokes and witty quips, and haggle with car dealers. He was a member of Parker Lodge #97, N. Woodstock, NH, for over 30 years.
Gene discovered his passion for culinary arts early on when he started working at the Mountain View Grand Hotel at the age of 13. He was apprenticed to the bake shop under European chefs where he worked for five years. His talent and entrepreneurial spirit, compelled Gene to purchase the Dreamwold Cafe and Dancehall Roller Skating Rink in Twin Mountain at the ripe old age of 20. He eventually returned to the Mountain View Hotel in 1962 as Sous Chef, mastering his lifelong craft. He was a chef at many local hotels such as Horse and Hound of Franconia,the Lancaster Hotel and Whitefield Resort. Gene worked as Executive Chef for Treadway Inns for 19 years at Mittersill Alpine Resort, and Colby Sawyer College in New London, NH. In 1977, he built and operated with his family the Scottish Pine Dining Room, in North Woodstock.
His brother Elmer and sister Geneva preceded him in death. He is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Sonja J. Gilman, formerly of Winthrop, MA, five children (Mark Gilman of Lincoln, NH; Jerry Gilman of Chester, VT; Terri Treloar of Gainesville, FL; Gene Gilman Jr. of Kailua, HI; and Kathy Gilman of Littleton, NH), four step-children (Christine Williamson of OR;Ted Plumley of Hilliard, FL; Bruce Plumley of Saranac Lake, NY; and Mark Plumley of Cranston, RI),16 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held Monday, December 28, 2015, between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the Fournier-Hale Funeral Home, 144 Main Street, North Woodstock, NH. A private burial service for family will be in June 2016.
Online guestbook at www.fournier-hale.com.