John F. Gilmour, 86, of Ogdensburg, died on October 25, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Allen-Nichols Funeral Home, Ogdensburg, is entrusted with arrangements. Calling hours will be on Sunday, October 27 from 2 – 4 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
A funeral service will be on Monday, October 28, at 11:00 a.m. at the Presbyterian Stone Church, Morristown, with Pastor David Hart officiating.
Burial will follow in the Stone Church Cemetery, Morristown, with military honors.
John is survived by his wife, Emma Ruth; sons David and wife Jane Gilmour of Ogdensburg, Robert and wife Kathy Gilmour of Ogdensburg and John Gilmour of Ogdensburg; daughters April and husband Peter Bruyere of Ogdensburg, and Sue Ann and husband Mike Stoner of Heuvelton; a sister, Vivian and husband Bill Culligan, Idaho; 18 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and a niece and nephew. He was predeceased by a son, Milford Gilmour, and a grandson, Jameson Gilmour.
John was born on August 26, 1927, the son of Warren and Doris Truax Gilmour, in Ogdensburg.
He graduated from Morristown Central School in 1945 and then entered the U.S. Navy, where he earned the American Theatre and Victory Medals.
He married Emma Ruth Kirby on April 8, 1948 at the Presbyterian Stone Church.
John owned and operated Gilmour’s Garage which he and his Dad began. He drove school bus for Morristown Central School, first driving an old woody and then a regular school bus. During his life John also farmed, delivered ice and feed, worked on construction, was a welder on the St. Lawrence Seaway, and owned and operated Gilmour Spray Foam Insulation. John also refurbished his garage into apartments.
He and Emma Ruth retired to their St. Lawrence River home (Camp Itty Bitty).
John was a member of the Presbyterian Stone Church, and an inductee in the Morristown Central School Hall of Fame. He loved spending time with his
grandchildren, telling jokes, tinkering, living on the river, doing carpentry, and building and racing go karts at the horsetrack as a teenager. He was a machinist and made parts, many times he would give these parts and do the repairs on people’s cars for free.
On their anniversary, John and Emma Ruth always left and spent time alone going to destinations unknown.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Presbyterian Stone Church, (tree planting fund), Stone Church Road, Ogdensburg, New York 13669, or Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.
Online condolences can be made at: www.allennicholsfuneralhome.com.