Richard R. Gildersleeve
1942 - 2018
Portland Memorial Funeral Home
231 Main St
Portland, CT
Gildersleeve, Richard R.
Richard R. Gildersleeve, of Westbrook, formerly Portland, died Sunday, April 8, 2018, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born on November 23, 1942, to James B. and Mary (Allen) Gildersleeve. At a young age, Rick developed a passion for drumming that stayed with him for the rest of his life. He played in various local bands for many years. Rick worked as the Store Manager for Carolyn Adams Country Barn, in Durham. He also dedicated years of service to the Portland Historical Society, including serving as the Society's president and program director, and spent time researching and writing about Portland history, the Gildersleeve shipyards, and family genealogy. Rick's passion for history also led him to cultivate an interest in the Civil War and, especially, cannons. In his retirement, he devoted himself to serving Trinity Episcopal Church, where he attended services each week, served as a member of the Vestry, and volunteered his time cleaning and maintaining the church facility, even after moving to Westbrook. Rick also spent significant time in his retirement caring for his two young grandchildren, Abigail and Zachary, who adored their grandpa as much as he adored them.
He is survived by his wife of forty-two years, Lynn (Carey) Gildersleeve, of Westbrook; his daughter, Elizabeth Gildersleeve, her husband, Michael Alviar, and their children, Abigail and Zachary, of West New York, NJ; his son, Andrew Gildersleeve, and his girlfriend, Emily Keevil, of Arlington, VA; his sister, Rebecca (Gildersleeve) Robinson, of Middletown; his brother-in-law, John Carey, of Pawcatuck; his sister-in-law, Pamela Carey, of Holderness, NH; and devoted nieces, nephews, and friends.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 21st, at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 345 Main Street, Portland. A reception will follow immediately afterward in the church hall. Burial will be at the discretion of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 345 Main Street, Portland, CT, 06480, or the Portland Historical Society, 492 Main Street, Portland, CT, 06480. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main Street, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.
Published by Middletown Press from Apr. 10 to Apr. 18, 2018.
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May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Dave Larson
April 29, 2018
Rick was a good friend through elementary and high school. We were in many classes and band together. He was kind to everyone and made us smile with that unique humor. May warm memories comfort his family and friends. I can clearly picture him at his drumset when we stopped by his house on Cox Rd. Many happy memories!

Priscilla (Hale) Minnich
Priscilla Minnich
April 20, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. Sending both thoughts and prayers.

Sally Wassell
April 18, 2018
Dear Lynn, Bess, Andrew

We were so sorry to hear about Rick,s passing.
I will remember him fondly in our chats at your house when I would return your house keys.
He was truly a lovely person.

Sally and Carl Chi
Sally Chi
April 15, 2018
Lynn, Bess, Andrew,
By chance a friend visiting Ct, came to VT with a RiverEast.I saw Rick's obit. Very sorry to see that you lost him. Sympathy to you all. He was a very nice man Peace, thinking of you, Pat
Pat Stevenson
April 14, 2018
Pat Stevenson
April 14, 2018
I was shocked to read of Rick's passing. He was a warm and wonderful person and a hard-worker. His church will miss his dedication.
Lori Wilcox
April 14, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of Rick's passing, my deepest sympathy to Lynn, Bunny, his children and family. I remember hearing him practicing away on those drums when I would drive by the house on Cox Rd. Years later my husband and I were treated to the result of all that practicing when he played for a party on our patio with his band one summer, they were terrific. Rick was a fine man with a big heart and a gentle spirit, he will be sorely missed.
Sharon Buchanan
April 13, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. Rick was definitely one of the good guys. I will always remember his welcoming smiling face when I visited the store from childhood through adulthood. To me Rick was family. Beyond that he was a great friend to my son Trevor and I will always appreciate that.
Amanda Barrett
April 12, 2018
Dear Lynn, Bess and Andrew

I am sad to think that Prince Richard is no longer with us. I saw him in Mellili's one morning after many years. When I said "it's Prince Richard" I got a big laugh out of him and those surrounding us.
So very sorry. He was a great guy.
Much love from me, Martha (Johnson) Bilo
April 11, 2018
Dear Lynn, Bess and Andrew
I am so sorry to hear hear this news..From my family to yours our deepest sympathies on the loss of Rick
Alana Adams
April 11, 2018
Reading about Rick greatly saddens me. We crossed paths musically in the late 1960's when we played weekends for "exotic dancers" (I was 17) and continued playing other jobs through the mid 70's. We often returned to his home at 2am, where Rick would would spin Judy Garland and Sammy Davis, Jr. albums. Rick had a smooth jazzy feel on his Slingerland set, which made us turn around to watch him play his own stylistic approach. In later years, my parents ran into Rick at Carolyn Adams and I still have items he picked out for my home. Please accept my condolences. I have all fond memories. Rick was one of those good guys.
Paul Gallo
April 10, 2018
Lynn, I am so sorry to hear of Rick's passing. I often think of all the really great times he and I had with the music. He will forever be in my memories. Art Hammond
arthur Hammond
April 10, 2018
My family and I are deeply saddened to learn of Rick's death. His fun loving nature will be remembered on Post Avenue for years to come.
Joan DuQuette
April 10, 2018
I can't express how sad my family and I are over the loss of this wonderful loving man. RIP Rick.

- Joan DuQuette and familiy
April 10, 2018
Very sorry to read of Rick's death. Always a wonderful Cox Road neighbor and friend. Much sympathy to Lynn, Bunny and all his family. Tricia
Patricia Prout Tolliver
April 10, 2018
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