Edward Robert Gilson, age 75, of Hannacroix, died Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Greene Meadows in Catskill, after a long battle with the effects of Agent Orange. He was born June 16, 1943 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Edward and Dorothy (Pittet) Gilson. Edward was one of 12 children, he had 5 brothers and 6 sisters.
Edward enlisted in the US Navy in 1966, and was a veteran of the Viet Nam Conflict. After his discharge in 1972, Edward then enlisted in the US Coast Guard and continued to serve our country for a combined total of 21 years. While stationed in Naples, Italy, Edward met his future wife, Mary Ellen Kirk, and married on May 8, 1984.
In 1988, Edward moved his family to Catskill, and was employed by Villagio Italia in Haines Falls; St. Joseph’s Villa in Catskill; and most recently at Kaaterskill Care in Catskill, prior to his retirement.
Edward is survived by his wife of 34 years, Mary Ellen (Kirk) Gilson of Hannacroix; two daughters, Jasmine LeAnnia Gilson (fiance Eon Adams), and Amber Marie Gilson, both of Hannacroix; and many extended family members.
Relatives and friends may call 2-6 PM Tuesday at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. Funeral services will be held 10 AM Wednesday at the funeral home. Fr. Steve Matthews will be officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill.