Jean-Paul Gilbert, 94, of Colchester, passed away on the morning of Friday, September 24, 2021, at home surrounded by his loving family. Born June 14, 1927 in Saint-Ludger, Québec, Canada; he was a son of the late Odilon and Cecile (Doyon) Gilbert. Jean-Paul worked for many years as a lumberjack, and worked as a drywall installer until his retirement at the age of 87. In 1953 he married his wife Marie Hamel, the couple settled in Connecticut, where they raised their family. He was a man of considerable faith; Jean-Paul and Marie have been devoted communicants of St. Andrew Church in Colchester for many years. He will always be remembered as a loving father, grandpa, great-grandpa, and friend. He will be forever loved and remembered by his wife of 68 years, Marie Gilbert; children Lise (Wayne) Silvernail, Andre (Glorida) Gilbert, and Nicole (Kevin) Gilbert-O’Brien; grandchildren Jaime and Jamye Lynn Gilbert, Derek and Jennifer Dube, Justin and Carrie Gilbert, Jeffrey and Melissa Batulevitz, Jonathan and Ashley Shelden, Melanie Silvernail and Michael Becker; great grandchildren Madysen Dean, Bailey Gilbert, Luke Gilbert, Tommy Keltonic, Payton Shelden, Greyson Dube, Rylee Gilbert, Everleigh Dube, Miles Gilbert, and Noah Batulevitz; numerous siblings, nieces and nephews and other extended family and friends. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 5-7 PM at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Rd, Colchester, CT 06415. A funeral mass will be held the following morning, Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11 AM, directly at the St. Andrew Church 128 Norwich Ave, Colchester, CT. Burial will follow in the New St. Andrew Cemetery on Gillettes Lane in Colchester. For online condolences, please visit www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com
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