Gilbert Paul Wilson
  • 64 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 31, 1952
  • Date of passing: Nov 19, 2016
Let the memory of Gil be with us forever. Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day… unseen, unheard but always near. Still loved, still missed and very dear.

This memorial website was created in memory of Gilbert (Gil) Paul Wilson, loving husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend.  We will remember him always. Please feel free to share any stories, photos, videos, or celebrations of Gil's life here online.  The more the better and don't be shy about posting funny stories, we can use some laughs.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
3:00 pm until 9:00 pm
Glueckert Funeral Home Ltd.
1520 N. Arlington Heights Road (4 blocks south of Palatine Road)
Arlington Heights, IL  60004. 

Memorial Service
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
10 am
Our Saviour Evangelical Free Church
300 North Schoenbeck Road
Wheeling, IL  60090. 

Interment is private.

In lieu of Flowers the family suggests donations be made in his memory to your favorite charity or one of Gil’s:
        Salesian Missions
        Guiding Eyes of the Blind


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Janette Peterson on 19th November 2017

"Paul and me remember Gil with love, not only today, but everyday.  He was a great guy, and he will be forever missed.  May the love and support of family and friends continue to comfort your hearts.  We love you!   ❤️"

This tribute was added by Mike Iannotti on 7th April 2017

"I just heard that Gil had passed.Altho it has been years since I had talked to Gil I will alway have such fond memories of such a great guy. We grew up a block away from eachother and hung out every day. All thru grade school and high school. When I got my first apartment I asked Gil to get it with me and we became room mates. Two punk teens that new everything. Lol We had some great times togetber and I will miss him."

This tribute was added by Rachel Bodzioch on 1st December 2016

"A week and a day Dear Gil, I look at the red rose that Donna so nicely gifted me with and smell it's sweet smell. It is  opening up nicely and slowly so that I can savor it for a while yet. I think mostly now of Donna and Reed for you are in a happier place my cousin. I prayed last night that you and the rest of the family were in heaven with God enjoying the goodness of eternal life. Now my prayers are for Donna and Reed that they may be comforted by their memories of you."

This tribute was added by Mary Withrow on 28th November 2016

"My sincere condolences .. worked with Gil back in 1996 on a Quality Success Story "Heartland taxes Indiana" .. his contribution was invaluable,  was truly a pleasure to work with .. will keep him in my prayers."

This tribute was added by Jessica Vasalos on 28th November 2016

"We are extremely sorry for your loss and it is with great sadness that we leave this message.  We hope you and Reed find some comfort in this hard time.  May God bless and keep you both.

Your friends at NWSRA."

This tribute was added by Liza Ahrendt on 28th November 2016

"Donna & Reed...words can not express by sympathy for the loss of Gil...a loving husband, father, and friend.  I remember the night we (Donna & I) met Gil for the first time and we became friends instantly.  I vividly recall the big group cruise and Gil being the life of the party.  We were all truly blessed to have known him and the world a better place for it.  Rest in knowing that he is now at peace.  Much Love to you both!"

This tribute was added by Janette Peterson on 27th November 2016

"Hello, Donna and Reed,

As the Thanksgiving weekend ends, I wanted to share with you this thought.  It was wonderful to share with you the special thoughts and memories during Gil's memorial service, both at the wake and at the church.  I was very sad for his loss, but then I kept thinking how lucky we all are that he was part of our lives.  We had the chance to share special times with him, he made us laugh, and that alone is reason enough to be happy and thankful that we knew him.  His warm smile brought much joy to many, and I consider myself very, very lucky to have called him a friend.  When these next few days, weeks, and months become challenging for you, just remember how lucky you both were to have had him as a husband and father.  Not a lot of people out there are lucky enough to have a "Gil" in their lives...   I love you!!!  XXOO   ~Janette Peterson~"

This tribute was added by Jane Lamson on 25th November 2016

"We first met Gil when we moved to our neighborhood years ago.  He went out of his way to welcome us and enjoyed our weekly chats.  Our dog would cry hearing Gil and Misty approaching, and he never once passed our home without coming to our yard and greeting his awaiting friend.  You will be missed, dear neighbor.  This place will never be the same without your smiling face."

This tribute was added by larry creamer on 23rd November 2016

"I first met Gil at Continental airlines and then FedEx..both me and my wife knew him at Continental in the 70s=great Guy

Best Regards Linda and Larry Creamer"

This tribute was added by Diane Dillow on 23rd November 2016

"Donna  and Reed, thinking of you at this sad time, so sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by Deborah Donovan on 22nd November 2016

"We used to hang out in high school. I will always remember him as a happy, fun and loving man. Although it has been many years since we last spoke, he will always remain a part of my life's history and growing up without him would have been different.
My condolences and heartfelt sorrow for his family and everyone who's life he touched. God bless you my friend, heaven just got an angel"

This tribute was added by Mike Vaughn on 22nd November 2016

"My condolences to Gil's family. I am sorry for your loss. I count it a blessing in knowing Gil."

This tribute was added by Linda Gryziecki on 22nd November 2016

"Sincere condolences to Donna and Reed.  I first met Gil on a vacation and what a trip it was!  He was a funny guy, sincere and caring.  He will definitely be missed!  Donna, anything you need, please call!"

This tribute was added by Beau Jensen on 22nd November 2016

"I first met Gill in the mid-eighties, we initially had some common interest, but what I remember most was his great sense of humor. As the years past I moved out of Illinois, but we continued to stay in touch through emails. He would send me pics of Reed as he grew up. He was very proud of him, and it was communicated through those emails. This past spring he and Donna came to Florida for a visit. It was really nice to re-connect with him  after all those years. I had always found him to be genuine, and honest. My condolences to both Donna, and Reed. He will be missed.
Beau Jensen"

This tribute was added by Gigi Burdette on 21st November 2016

"I met Gil when I first came into the Central Region training department. We were all on the 6th floor in Itasca. He would come and go  because of traveling and so would I, but we always had great conversations. As time pushed on we moved to a larger facility and this one time Gil said I met someone and she is the one, Donna it was you!  I was so happy he found someone to cherish and be cherished. Then came Reed, OMG, he really was over the moon. My sincere deepest thoughts and prayers are for you and your family."

This tribute was added by Sandra Kassabian on 21st November 2016

"I was very saddened to hear this news today though I never met Gil. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Reed and your family."

This tribute was added by Rick Abshier on 21st November 2016

"I first met Gil in 1985 at FedEx and spent a good deal of time with him in Memphis as we were both being certified to teach our respective classes.  Gil would make a friend at a restaurant (or a bar) within minutes with his warmth, generosity and friendliness.  He was a good friend and helped me a great deal in those years and I'm glad that we were able to keep in touch via the Internet in later years.   I was blessed to know him and call him a friend."

This tribute was added by Dave Eizinger on 21st November 2016

"I first met Gil working for Continental airlines in Chicago in the mid 70s. A great, generous guy; funny and sincere. My condolences. I will miss his funny emails."

This tribute was added by Alisha Schaefer on 21st November 2016

"Donna and Reed, I am deeply sorry for the loss of your loved one. While I didn't know him very long, he will definitely be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love and God Bless, Alisha and Andrew."

This tribute was added by Daniel Hanrahan on 21st November 2016

"Gil was a great guy. Many years ago I met Gil. Gil gave me a hat he had purchased in Europe. The hat was new. It was a grand gesture. That hat is gone now too, but it lasted for many years. I am fortunate to have have met Gil. My condolences to Gil's family and especially John Anderson and John's sister. I will be on an airplane on Tuesday morning headed for Arizona and will miss the memorial. God bless Gil!!!"

This tribute was added by Kim Heikkila on 21st November 2016

"Dear Donna and Reed... we are so so sorry to hear of Gil's passing .. please know that you have been and continue to be in our daily prayers. God Bless you
❤️ The Heikkila's"

This tribute was added by Mary Anderson on 21st November 2016

"My first love at 14 years old. My love and condolences Donna and Reed. I know what a wonderful person he was and he will be so missed.  I can't believe his entire family is gone."

This tribute was added by Jon Fujiu on 21st November 2016

"Big Smile, and great sense of Humor.  First time I met Gil was on the plane to Florida for a Cruise.  He was wearing a paper toilet seat cover around his neck.  Also he did the best tug boat horn imitation.  He will be missed.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
With love, Jon and Kathy"

This tribute was added by Liz Fiore on 21st November 2016

"Fond memories of Gil during grade school and high school. My condolences to his family.
Liz Fiore"

This tribute was added by Vicki Kropp on 21st November 2016

"So sad & sorry to hear of your great loss.  Donna, you & Reed are in our thoughts & prayers.  Mike & Vicki Kropp"

This tribute was added by Janette Peterson on 21st November 2016

"Donna and Reed, we are very saddened by your loss.  Gil was an amazing man who enjoyed making others laugh.  He will be truly missed.  You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.  We love you.  ~ Paul and Janette Peterson ~"

This tribute was added by Jim Radlein on 21st November 2016

"Our sincerest condolences Donna & Reed.  Your loss will be shared by many who admired, respected and enjoyed their contact with Gil.  He kept us here in NC connected via email with Arlington Heights and the Chicago area.
Sandy & Jim"

This tribute was added by Bill Bolton on 21st November 2016

"We will miss him, a good friend with a huge heart. He made the world a better place."

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