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Donald R. Gilbert

Donald R. Gilbert

Died: Monday, September 20, 2004
Age: 81
Grosse Pointe Park resident Donald R. Gilbert, 81, died on Monday, Sept. 20, 2004, after a lengthy battle with Crohn’s disease.

Born in Detroit in 1923, Mr. Gilbert was raised in Canada. Known as “Whitey,” he played first base for several baseball teams in the Canadian Minor Leagues. He attended Ford Trade School preparing for a career in plastic mold construction. While working in Detroit, Mr. Gilbert married Olga Miotto the same year he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in the South Pacific during World War II.

Mr. Gilbert’s lengthy career in the plastic mold business culminated in the co-ownership of Mold-A-Matic Inc. He supported many local charities in and around Madison Heights, and encouraged and assisted in the start-up of numerous business endeavors.

His interests included golf, as a former member of the Red Run Golf Club. He spent many enjoyable summers at his Rose City residence. As a skilled wood craftsman, he designed, built and donated many items to local area schools. Insomnia brought out the artistic side of him, resulting in hundreds of elaborate needlepoint projects treasured by familiy and friends. His quick mind was apparent in his daily routine with crossword puzzles and his genius intimidated all who challenged him at gin rummy.

He is survived by his wife, Olga; his daughter, Dyan (Robert) Manion; sons, Michael and David (Cyndi); his grandchildren, Christopher, Belinda, Alexandra, Devyn and Spencer; and his close friend Dolores Czarnik.

A memorial service was held on Friday, Sept. 24, at Chas. Verheyden Inc. in Grosse Pointe Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 44110, Detroit, MI 48244-0110.
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