FAMILY-OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1912

Brad Gilbert

Brad Gilbert

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.

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Submitted by Anne correll on
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It’s so sad to lose Brad. He could always have a good time doing anything. From working to play. Brad always made the best of everything. My heart and prayers go to everyone in the family.

Submitted by Sharyn Yackenchick on
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So sorry for your family's loss. Shared some great times when visiting. Brad thought it was funny to scare me growing up or throwing me across the pool. May your memories give you comfort.

Submitted by Scott & Julie Such on
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Our heartfelt sympathies to Sue, Amy, Jess, and their extended family. We met Brad & Sue over 25 years ago in Jamaica, and had some wild times, since we figured we’d never see these people again. How wrong we were! We met up once we were back in the states, and raised our kids together on camping trips. We loved our weekends together, and only stopped once the kids were in high school. After the kids were grown, we reconnected for adult-only vacations. So many good memories together, we will definitely miss Brad (aka Girth). Rest In Peace buddy, you were taken too soon. <3

Submitted by Tom Saienni on
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Scott,,please accept my condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with the Gilbert family.

Submitted by Tom and Gail Keating on
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Brad was just a kid of 11years when we met him. Happy and carefree, he hung around a lot when we lived across from his Mom and Dad. He grew into a caring person and we saw him at family events throughout the years. Most recently we visited him in rehab and even though he was incapacitated, he was the same old Brad, cracking jokes and making us laugh. He is surely gone too soon. He was blessed to have Sue by his side. Our sympathies are with the whole Gilbert family. Tom and Gail Keating

Submitted by Brenda Smith on
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Sue, Bruce and I are so sorry about the loss of Brad. We both remember a really good guy who was a lot of fun! Bruce & Brenda. Friends from Hart’s Landing, Lewes, DE

Submitted by Dee Myers on
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I’m so sorry for your loss, a great father, a loving husband, a loving son and brother. My prayers and condolences for the entire family. God must have needed another Angel. RIP Brad❣️

Submitted by Mil Mealey on
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I am so stunned by the news of Brad's illness & death. Please know that me deepest condolences are with you. Somehow, I always think of you "youngsters" locked in time. I know how deep your feelings wee for each other so your memories will carry you through this painful time. My love to you all.

Submitted by Ed & Sandy Hennessy on
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Our condolences to Sue, Jessica and Amy. We are very grateful for the time we had with Brad and the times we shared with the family as long time neighbors in Hockessin. Drinking a beer in the garage after mowing our lawns, sitting around the fire pit on a summer evening, combining some leftovers for a dinner. We will miss Brad but know his spirit lives on through his family and all our special memories.

Submitted by Art and Debbie ... on
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To the entire Gilbert families, so sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs to you all.

Submitted by Carmela Matthews on
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I am so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. It is so hard to lose a parent. I know that God will comfort you through the support of your family and friends.

Submitted by Mark Lazarczyk on
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Sue & family , this really saddens me to learn about Loss of Brad & U know as well as me that Brad fought this with all the positive energy that he symbolized with his demeanor as I knew Brad growing up with him . He never had a negative thing to say about anything or anyone . I really respected Brad for his positive personality . My biggest regret is not staying in touch over the years . I will miss him dearly . Great friend .

Submitted by Dianne Hess on
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Sue, Jess and Amy - I am so sorry to hear that Brad passed away. Many great memories on Gates Circle with all of you. I remember the many visits you would make to come visit the puppies and help me out. Brad was a wonderful, kind person and will be missed.

Submitted by Olivia on
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I am truly sorry for your loss. May God give you and your entire family strength and bring you joy and peace that you deserve. The scriptures in Revelation 21:4 gives us encouragement. God promises death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. So we know that all these things that bring pain in our lives will be done away with in the future. Please read them and they will give you strength and hope during this tough time.

Submitted by Joseph Baker on
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I worked with Brad when he first started at DuPont, I always enjoyed working with him, great guy.

Submitted by Olivia on
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I am truly sorry for your loss. May God give you and your entire family strength and bring you joy and peace that you deserve. The scriptures in Revelation 21:4 gives us encouragement. God promises death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. So we know that all these things that bring pain in our lives will be done away with in the future. Please read the scriptures in the Bible and they will give you strength and hope during this tough time.