93, died in his Dania home November 11, 2013, after a period of declining health. Born in NYC, he was a gifted student who graduated from college in his early teens. He served in the U.S. Army as a chemist during WWII, where he developed a love of travel. After discharge, he worked in furniture manufacturing and sales in New York, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida, where he retired in 1986. Mr. Gilbert was known as a kind and modest man who collected art and loved music. He often could be heard playing his piano and singing or whistling songs, from Tin Pan Alley to show tunes. His love of comedy ranged from Laurel and Hardy to George Burns. He volunteered as a math tutor for 21 years at the Olsen Middle School. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Edythe; a daughter and son-in-law, Toni and Jay Dinkel; grandchildren Jennifer and Patricia Dinkel; a sister, Anne Busch; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Michael Gilbert. Services are private.
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Published in Miami Herald on Nov. 15, 2013