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ROLAND G. "GIL" GUILBAULT Roland G. "Gil" Guilbault, a man devoted to his wife, his family and the Navy passed away April 6, 2012 at his home in Indian River Shores, Fl. After graduating from the University of Montreal he attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I. and was commissioned an Ensign in May 1959. For the next 34 years he served in the Navy, retiring as a Rear Admiral in 1994. Admiral Guilbault commanded a Battle Force from the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower CVN-69; commanded Cruiser-Destroyer Group 12 out of Mayport, FL.; was the commanding officer of the first Aegis cruiser, USS Ticonderoga CG-47; commanded the USS Tattnall DDG-19; was on the commissioning crew of the nuclear powered destroyer USS- Bainbridge DLGN-25 which saw action off Vietnam. "Gil" continued his formal education during his Navy career. He obtained a MS in computer systems from George Washington University, graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and attended the Naval Post Graduate School. His last tour of duty was served in the Pentagon as Deputy Director of Space and Electronic Warfare overseeing the changing information warfare needs and operational requirements. After retiring from his long distinguished Naval career "Gil" took on many significant technical challenges in the defense high tech world for Digital Equipment Corporation, Lucent Technology, and Fortress Technologies. He continued to the very end to provide his expert services to clients supporting Information Technology solutions for the Federal government and international agencies. "Gil" always had time for providing his experience to the Treasure Coast Council of the Navy League where he served as President for three years; serving on the Gifford Youth Activity Center Board of Directors and the Homeless Family Center of Indian River County. He was one of the founding members of the Indian River County Democratic Executive Council and an avid supporter of providing equal opportunity for a better life for everyone. His many letters to the editor of the Press Journal were always factual and insightful of his thoughts and experience. "Gil" was a member of the Armed Forces Communication and Electronic Association, and the Military Officers Association of America. He and his wife Huguette were members of the Vero Beach Yacht Club. He is survived by his wife Huguette, his three children Marc, Michelle, and Paul, his brother Raymond, and stepsons Lance Thomson and Kim Davis, and 12 grandchildren. A memorial gathering will take place at 11 A.M. on April 11, 2012 at the Strunk Funeral Home, 916 17th St., Vero Beach, FL. Followed by a luncheon reception next door in the Plaza. Interment will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to a
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Published in the TC Palm on Apr. 10, 2012