George Gilbert, 76, Baltimore policeman

March 04, 1996|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,SUN STAFF

George Daniel Gilbert, a retired member of the Baltimore police force, died Wednesday of cardiac arrest at the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center. He was 76.

A native of Baltimore, Mr. Gilbert -- known as Gil -- worked for years with the Western Police Boys Club, an organization that paired Baltimore boys with police officers who worked as mentors and role models for the youths.

"He was a father figure, or a second father, to many of the boys there," said his stepson, Eric Redwine. "So many of them looked up to him."

Beginning in 1958, Mr. Gilbert worked with the club until his retirement from the police force in 1976, receiving many awards and trophies for coaching the club's football and softball leagues.

"That was how he channeled his energy," said Mr. Gilbert's niece, Harriette Matthews. "He loved young people and liked the father role, the protector role."

A 1937 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School, Mr. Gilbert studied mathematics at Morgan State University until 1941, when he left to enter the Army during World War II.

Four years later, in 1945, Mr. Gilbert was honorably discharged after serving in Louisiana, Virginia and Oklahoma. He then began working at the Social Security Administration, taking courses at the Cortez Peters Business School on the side.

At this point, Mr. Gilbert married Lois Solomon. The marriage ended in divorce. He joined the police force in 1955.

In 1969, Mr. Gilbert married Ruth L. Brown of Easton. They lived in Northwest Baltimore until he was admitted to Sinai Hospital for kidney failure in January.

A wake is planned for 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, followed by a funeral at 11 a.m. at Sharp Street Methodist Church near the intersection of Dolphin and Etting streets. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, 2130 Woodlawn Drive.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Gilbert is survived by a daughter, Gail Diane Parke; a sister, Genesta Lane; three stepchildren; and six grandchildren, all of Baltimore.

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