Dana A. Gilman
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Dana (Dan) A Gilman, 64, of Frederick, Maryland, died on May 5, 2019, surrounded by his loving family, and holding the hand of his wife, Marjorie Boutelle Blouin. Dan fought a brave battle with brain cancer, never gave up the will to live, and passed away peacefully facing his favorite mountain view in their Middletown, Maryland home. He was the son of Joseph Gilman and the late Constance (Anthony) Gilman.

Growing up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he graduated from Cheltenham High School in 1972. On his sixteenth birthday, Dan followed his passion for firefighting and joined the Elkins Park, PA Volunteer Fire Company. After serving four years, he was elected president at the age of twenty. Dan moved to Montgomery County, Maryland, where he worked as a firefighter/paramedic, public information officer, and suppression officer. He was an exemplary mentor and after twenty-five years of service, he retired as a Captain and Station Commander of the Montgomery County Department of Fire Rescue Services. Dan continued to have a great career as a trainer in surveillance, counter-surveillance, and law enforcement for many government intelligence agencies.

Thirty-four years ago, Dan met Marjorie Blouin, who became the love of his life. Through their partnership, he helped to raise her beautiful daughter Chadrenne Blouin. Dan and Marjorie were best friends, partners, enjoyed a loving courtship of thirty-three years, and were married last year. Dan loved and provided for Chadrenne, as if she were his own, and was broken-hearted as Chadrenne passed away unexpectedly last year. Dan especially enjoyed golf, travel, fine wine and scotch, and adored life on their farm with Marjorie's extended family.

Dan is survived by his wife, Marjorie Blouin, his father Joseph Gilman, sisters Lysia Stonemetz and Shaleen (Gary) Goldberg, nieces Shey (David) Detterline, Lyssa (Jurgen) Born, Shannon Stonemetz, and Madison (Brent) DeFillippo, as well as his great-nephews/nieces Heath and Siena Detterline and Kade, Parker, and Brooks Born. He is also survived by his brother-in-laws, John Boutelle and Richard Boutelle and sister-in-law, Katherine Boutelle, who were instrumental in caring for Dan during the last months of his life. Dan is also survived by many Boutelle/Bishop family members, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, on both sides of Dan and Marjorie's family. Dan was predeceased by his mother, Constance, and his step-daughter, Chadrenne Boutelle Blouin.

Those who knew and loved Dan know that he was always there for his family and friends and lived life to the fullest. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy of love, sense of humor, and admirable years of hardwork, mentoring and service to others will be fondly remembered.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday June 23rd, 2019, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 pm at Musket Ridge Golf Club, 3555 Brethren Church Road, Myersville, MD 21773.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either : HEROES, INC, 1200 29th N.W., Washington, DC, www.heroes.org or National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, PO Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727, www.firehero.org.

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Published in The Frederick News-Post from May 24 to May 26, 2019.
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June 19, 2019
Our deepest sympathy on his passing and our prayers for Marjorie and his family as they carry on without him. Bruce & Lori Garnant
May 29, 2019
My deepest sympathies to the Gilman family. My earliest memories of Dan go way back to his days as an ambulance driver working in Philadelphia. He had recently left the copy machine sales life and enjoyed helping people.When he left for Montgomery County Maryland, we were all sad but happy for him as he so looked forward to working in the fire service full time. I'm sad that we lost touch. He was a very special guy. God Speed my friend.
Dean Bollendorf
May 28, 2019
To the Gilman Family,

I had the pleasure of working with Dan on some training exercises involving the police department and fire rescue services back in the 1980's. Not only was Dan a brilliant guy who could create scenarios magically but he possessed the best and sharpest sense of humor of any person I ever worked with. Did we have more fun or did we actually get our job done?

Following my retirement from the Montgomery County Police Department in 1992 I lost touch with Dan but by reading his obituary I was able to see he had retired as a Captain, which was well deserved.

Its not goodbye.... because one of these days when its my turn to leave this life I will see Dan in heaven in that special corner where the "cops and the hose draggers" gather to share some laughs!
Robert Disinger
May 27, 2019
To the Gilman family, You have my deepest sympathy & heartfelt prayers in the passing of Dan. I had the pleasure to work with Dan( LT as we called him ) on numerous surveillance exercises. Truly one of the "good guys". LT, thanks for the memories.
Larry Meyer
May 27, 2019

I Feel so bad for your recent loss. I hope you find strength and comfort through your family and friends and knowing that he touched so many people in a positive way.

Anne Schley Zumbach
May 26, 2019
I'm so sorry for the sadness that Dan's passing has left on the shoulder's of my friends and neighbors. I hope you all find peace and happiness to heal your hearts once again soon.
Diana Kaye
May 26, 2019
Thank you for your service to our country, and for being the best, funniest and most caring uncle. Take care of chad for us.
Shey Detterline
May 25, 2019
May you all find comfort in knowing that your loved one is no longer experiencing pain. Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10
May 25, 2019
To Marjorie, I wish you great peace now. You had a wonderful life with Dan and took fantastic care of him during his devastating illness. I pray for you and all your family to find peace at this time. We have fewer and fewer of us to rely on as the days of our lives grow longer and we loose those that we love. I will always be here for you. Blessings and peace to all. Hebrews 10:24-25
Melinda Geisbert
May 24, 2019
With deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Dana A. Gilman. May "the love of God" and heartwarming memories of your dearly loved family member and friend give you comfort beyond measure. (1 John 4:9)
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