George H. Gillman Jr., 89, National Gypsum worker

March 15, 2004

George H. Gillman Jr., a retired employee of the National Gypsum Co. and a World War II veteran, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at the home of his daughter in Salamanca, N.Y. He was 89 and lived in Catonsville until last year.

Born in Reisterstown, Mr. Gillman was a 1932 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Engineering for two years. He entered the Army in 1941 and attained the rank of captain during five years of service in France, Belgium and Britain.

After the war, Mr. Gillman began a career of more than 30 years with National Gypsum, first at its plant in Baltimore, until moving to its corporate headquarters in Buffalo, N.Y. He worked in the distribution department as an estimator and planner, handling shipping problems and budget matters, until retiring in 1977.

He was married in 1941 to Beatrice E. Hagen, who died in 1981. After her death, Mr. Gillman moved to Catonsville and lived there for 12 years, until moving to Salamanca last year with his daughter, Amanda Grabowski.

Funeral services were Friday in Salamanca. A military graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Glen Haven Memorial Park in the 7200 block of Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Filbey of Westminster; a grandson; and two great-grandsons.

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