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Donald Alton, "Don" Gilmore

March 7, 1934 February 4, 2017
Donald Alton, "Don" Gilmore
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Donald Alton Gilmore, 82, of Winter Springs, Florida, passed away peacefully Saturday February 4, 2017. He was born March 7, 1934 in the Panama Canal Zone. He met his wife in York, Pennsylvania and they were life long high school sweethearts who met on a blind date.

Don was a dedicated community leader who served as a Winter Springs Council Member, Tuscawilla HOA Board Member, served on numerous advisory boards, authorities and committees. He also was a Rotarian, past president and a Freemason. Don spent his career as an Electrical Engineer and Facalities Manager earning a Professional Engering Designation. He graduated from UNC-C after many years of of night school. At Westinghouse Corporation Don worked at the Lester Plant installing heavy equipment then latter transferred to Charlotte where he facilitated construction of the Steam Turbine Manufacturing Plant. His most gratifying accomplishment was to coordinate the the construction of Westinghouse Steam Turbine Generator Divison Headquarters and development of the Quadrangle located in Orlando. Through these development projects he was able to develop close working relationships with the Central Florida Research Park and UCF. In 1995 he received the second quarter Presidents Total Quality Award from the Power Generator Business Unit.

He embodied old school values, provided a helping hand and could fix anything broken with a garage that overflowed. He meant what he said and worked with conviction. Don valued and appreciated personal relationships understanding many people helped him throughout his life. He was a ardent NASCAR fan attending many races and driving stock cars at several tracks thru the Richard Petty Driving School. Don enjoyed boating and fishing with trips to the Keys, Port Canaveral, area lakes and St. John's River. As the years passed the stories of past fishing accomplishments got larger and more grander. He enjoyed children and meeting new people which allowed him to speak with anybody. His frequent trips to Pubix was about connecting with everyone, setting his grandson up for a date and calling all the girls sweetie. His faith was strong and appreciated the members of his Bible study group.

Don is survived by his wife Hilda of 62 years, daughter Debbie Newell, son Wayne Gilmore; two grandchildren Brooks and Allison; and two great grandchildren Asher and Evelyn, his sister Carlyn and brother Emerson, and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emerson and Carlyn.

A celebration of his life will be held at 4:00pm Wednesday, Feburary 8 at Banfield Funeral Home. Reverend Dan Wo
lf will be officiating. Don will be laid to rest at Prospect Hill Cemetery in York, Pennsylvania. Memorials may be made to the Winter Springs Rotary.
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