William M. Gilmore Jr.

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William M. Gilmore, Jr.
Norwalk Resident
William M. Gilmore, Jr., age 64, of Norwalk, passed away suddenly on Saturday, May 5, 2012.
Born in Newark, NJ to Emma Brantley Gilmore and the late William M. Gilmore, Sr., William (Gil) graduated from Norwalk High School (1965); was a graduate of Wesleyan University (B.A.1969), the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 1977) and the Wharton School of Business and Commerce of the University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A., 1978). Gil was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1978 and taught law at the University of Bridgeport and the Universidad Central del Ecuador.
Gil initially worked for the Pew Foundation in Philadelphia. Gil was committed to social justice. In addition to performing pro bono legal work, he was instrumental in establishing community credit unions in Philadelphia and Chester, Pennsylvania, in New Haven, Connecticut, and in West Virginia.
Gil was a gifted musician and member of the American Guild of Organists. He painstakingly built his own harpsichord. His teachers have included Clarence Cable and Phillip Prince (organ) and Jon Barlow (harpsichord). Formerly Director of Music at Calvary United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, he was also Director of Oracle, a choral and instrumental chamber ensemble. Oracle's repertoire focused on little-known gems of the Baroque, Renaissance, and contemporary periods; its concerts included: Music by Women Composers, Heritage of American Hymnody, and Classical Music by Black Composers. Gil's group participated in continuing education programs sponsored by the Philadelphia Area Cultural Consortium, Penn's College of General Studies, the Balch Institute and throughout the Delaware Valley.
Gil was also an avid cyclist and a Super Captain of the MASI Team for Bike New York. He cycled extensively through Europe and the Middle East. He later became a committed “transportational cyclist”, advocating for bicyclists' rights. Gil enjoyed the challenge of long-distance rides; in 1989 he left Philadelphia on a year-long journey that took him to Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, across the notoriously wild Darien Gap from Panama to Columbia, and on to Quito, Ecuador, earning his appellation, “The Intergalactic Crusader”.
Over the last few years, Gil worked as the primary caregiver for his disabled parents. His father, William M. Gilmore passed away in 2009 and his mother Emma resides in Norwalk, Connecticut.
In addition to his mother, Gil is survived by his devoted brother, Thomas C. Gilmore of Norwalk and five cousins, Glenn (Muriel), Carol, Francena “Fran” and Janet Brantley.
A Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 12:00 noon at the Norwalk United Methodist Church.
Donations may be made in his name to the Norwalk United Methodist Church, 718 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850 or the University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3501 Samson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
The Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Rd. in Fairfield Center has been entrusted with the arrangements. To send an online condolence, please visit www.shaughnesseybanks.com.
Published in The Hour from June 17 to June 20, 2012