AUBURN, Mass. – Robert E. Gilmore of Auburn died Jan. 8 after a brief illness. He was 86.
He was born March 23, 1926, in Worcester to Kenneth and Florida Burbank Gilmore. He grew up in Millbury and lived in Auburn for more than 60 years. Gilmore graduated from Millbury High School and Worcester Junior College.
Gilmore served in the Army as a sergeant in New Caledonia, Philippines and Japan during World War II. He received many awards during his service, including the Bronze Star. He retired from Wyman-Gordon Co. after more than 40 years. He was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Auburn.
He and his wife, Gloria, spent many years taking care of children through foster care. They received an award for their foster parenting in 1986. Gilmore also helped care for his wife through nine years of an illness.
He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Gloria T. McGrath Gilmore, in 2008; and a son, Gary, in 1972.
Gilmore is survived by three children, Carol (Oliver) Shoemaker, of Sebring, Fla., Bruce Gilmore, and his fiancée, Paula Mulcahy, of Jefferson, Mass., and Brian (Kathleen) Gilmore, of Rochdale, Mass.; two brothers, Lester Gilmore, of W. Yarmouth, Mass., and Ronald Gilmore, of Gaffney, S.C.; three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Visitation and a funeral service were held Friday. Britton-Wallace Funeral Home handled arrangements.