Dear friends and family,
Brad passed away Monday night August 12th, after a short battle with brain cancer.
He worked at DuPont for 30 years, as an electrician until he retired in December 2016 to move to Texas. He retired, but always kept busy. He was always installing or fixing something, or lending a helping hand to someone. Brad was incredibly hard working and organized, and was someone you could always count on, to get the job done. One of his favorite sayings was “This ain’t getting nothing done”. Heaven forbid we were sitting idly drinking coffee, when there were chores to be done. The move to Texas was brief, and he was grateful to be back home to Delaware, to be with family and friends.
He was also a great husband and father. He is survived by his devoted wife Sue, and loving twin daughters Jessica (Matt) and Amy (Mike). He shared with them his love of watching cheesy old Westerns, and showed them how any problem can be fixed with either zip-ties or duct tape. He could “MacGyver” just about anything.
He is also survived by his mother Marie (Hollister) Gilbert. His father Joe (Jr.) passed away in September 2016. They raised Brad to be a caring and generous man, and we are forever grateful. Brads mom was able to visit him several times recently, and he was comforted knowing that she was there.
He leaves behind his brothers Joe Gilbert III (Sandie) and Scott Gilbert (Kim), with whom he was very close. He was also extremely close to his brothers and sisters in law: Kevin Lysinger, Linda Papa (and the late Vincent Papa), and Dan Lysinger (Lorea). Brad also has numerous nieces, nephews and other close family members who will miss him dearly.
He loved spending time with his family and friends whether it was playing bocce; smoking cigars in the garage, or surf fishing at the beach while listening to classic rock. He loved yelling at the TV when the Eagles played, and nothing made him happier than when the Birds won the Super Bowl. Brad was a dog person, and especially loved his favorite beagle Boo. Boo was his best buddy, his little knucklehead, and his constant shadow. It is comforting to know that they are together again. In memory of Brad and his love of dogs, please make any contributions to the Delaware Humane Association, or Delaware Puppy Rescue, in lieu of flowers.
Funeral arrangements will be private at the convenience of the family.