Gilbert R. Birdsey, 71, of Reading, Pa., formerly of South Windsor, passed away on Monday, March 3, 2014.
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He was born on Nov. 19, 1942, in Hartford son of the late Ralph and Millicent (Peterson) Birdsey. Gilbert was raised in South Windsor and attended local schools. Prior to moving to Reading he was a department manager for the former Kings Department Store on Pine Street in Manchester.
He is survived by two sons; a brother; his sister, Janice Schroeder, and her husband, Denver, of Coventry; seven step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews; and many wonderful friends.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. in section R of East Cemetery, 240 E. Center St., Manchester. There are no calling hours.
Holmes Funeral Home, Manchester, has care of the arrangements. To leave an online condolence please visit
Published in Journal Inquirer from Mar. 17 to Mar. 21, 2014