The Life of John H Gilbert Sr.

John H. Gilbert, Sr., 87, a longtime resident of Prospect Park, Pa., passed away peacefully on December 9, 2017 at Crozer-Keystone Hospice Residence at Taylor Hospital surrounded by his loving family. John was born in Glenolden, Pa., the son of the late George and Effie Gilbert. He was a resident of Prospect Park for over 60 years.

He was a 1949 graduate of the former Glen-Nor High School, where he was a star pitcher on the high school baseball team.  He was signed to a professional baseball contract right out of high school with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  His contract was sold to the Brooklyn Dodgers and he played AA baseball for them in Mobile, Alabama.  He played pro-baseball from 1949 to 1953. John worked as a machinist for Gulf Oil for many years until his retirement.

He married his high school sweetheart, Joyce Kahlert, and they were married for 69 wonderful years. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, who was devoted to his family.

John is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; his sons, John Gilbert, Jr., Glenn K. (Laurie) Gilbert, and David (Patty) Gilbert; his four grandchildren; his three great-grandchildren; and his brother, George Gilbert.

His burial will be in Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in John's memory to Crozer-Keystone Hospice Residence at Taylor Hospital, 175 E. Chester Pike, Ridley Park, Pa. 19078 would be appreciated by his family.   

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