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06/26/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Tom Gilbert

Thomas Eugene Gilbert
(24 Apr 1946 - 23 June 2016)

Newport News High School Class of 1964

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have another sad, if quite belated, edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.     Tom Gilbert, Class of 1964, brother of Marcia Gilbert Crosse of Northern VA and of the late Mary Jane Gilbert, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016 in Melbourne, Florida at the age of 70.

    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/25/19, 7:08 PM - "Death of    Thomas Gilbert, NNHS 1964":


I am deeply saddened to report to you that we have received news of the death of our classmate, Thomas Gilbert, on June 23, 2016 in Melbourne, Florida.

I learned of his passing in a note from his wife, Amy. She wrote:

I received a reunion letter addressed to my husband yesterday. I needed to let you know that he has passed away. His name is Thomas Gilbert. He passed away on June 23, 2016. He always enjoyed getting the announcements of the reunions, but we were not able to attend.

She provided a link to his obituary:

You may still leave condolences at that web page.

David Spriggs

   Oh, David, I'm so sorry to learn of this. Thank you so much for letting us know. 

From Florida Today - 07/09/16:

    Thomas Eugene Gilbert


    MELBOURNE, FLORIDA - Tom was born on April 24, 1946 in Rockingham County, NC, and grew up in Newport News, VA. Tom passed away on June 23, 2016, at the age of 70, after losing a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He was honorably discharged from the United States Army. Tom graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with a BS in Computer Science. He worked much of his career as a software engineer in multiple divisions within Harris Corporation.

Tom was predeceased by his sister, Mary Jane Gilbert. He is survived by his wife, Amy Ward Gilbert, of Melbourne, FL, and his sister, Marcia Gilbert Crosse, of Arlington, VA.

A gathering will be held at Beach Funeral Home, 4999 N Wickham Road, Melbourne, on July 14, Thursday, from 5pm to 7pm, military honors will be held at 6pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Brevard Humane Society, 1020 Cox Rd, Cocoa, FL 32926, or the .

Tom Gilbert
  Published in FLORIDA TODAY from July 9 to July 13, 2016.
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July 09, 2016
Amy, I am so sorry to hear about Tom.
You are on my mind, in my heart, and in my prayers.

God Bless,
Sandy Jarrell
~ Sandy Jarrell, Malabar, Florida

July 11, 2016

To Amy,

I would like to express my deepest sympathy. Tom was a dear friend, wonderful neighbor, and a gentleman. Our family will always miss him.


~ The Davis Family

June 29, 2019



June 29, 2019



  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Tom's family, friends, and classmates.

   This information is also posted here:

  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Amazing Grace

Words by John Newton, 1779
(24 July 1725 21 Dec 1807)

 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

Bagpipes Version of "Amazing Grace" midi courtesy of - 05/25/08
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks, Dave!

"Amazing Grace" lyrics courtesy of - 03/15/05

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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