Richard E. Gilmore, 86

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BATH — Richard E. “Lefty” Gilmore, 86, of Bath, died March 16 at his home, with his children by his side.

He was born in 1928, one of five children of Paul and Edith Eaton Gilmore. In 1946, he graduated from Morse High School, where he was a standout baseball pitcher. After high school, Gilmore served in Japan for several years as a member of the U.S. Army.

Upon returning home, he eventually opened Gilmore’s Seafood on Front Street in Bath, and ran the business until turning it over to his sons in the mid-1980s. Gilmore went on to work part-time as a fisherman; he loved being on the water and owned several fishing boats over his lifetime. Gilmore also constructed banjos, and enjoyed hobbies including vegetable gardening, braiding rugs, camping and fishing.

He was known as a kind, gentle man, who loved a good fish lie and especially loved his girls’ cooking.

Gilmore was predeceased just a few months ago by his wife, Marion.

He is survived by his three children, Ben Gilmore and wife, Betty, of Woolwich, Kevin Gilmore, of Bath, and Suzi Ater and husband, John, of Bath; two stepdaughters, Christine Coombs and Ellie Rommel; a sister, Janice Dannals, of Salem, New Hampshire; nine grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Visiting hours and a service were held March 20 at the David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, in Bath.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Gilmore’s name can be made to the Bath Area Food Bank, 150 Congress Ave., Bath, ME 04530.

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