William Warren Gilson, Jr. of Westford, MA

1937 - 2024

US Veteran U.S. Army

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William Warren Gilson, Jr., 86, of Westford, MA, passed away Monday, January 1, 2024 at home.

He was married to Florence L. Gilson with whom he recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on July 6th.

Born in Lowell, MA, he was the son of the late William Warren Gilson, Sr. and Emily Wilkins.

He graduated from Westford Academy High School with the class of 1955. He went on to serve in the United States Army.

He retired in 1998 from Hickory Hill Golf Course of Methuen after 28 years of service.

He enjoyed his model trains, woodworking, his aquariums, and the outdoors. He loved his faithful dog Lexi.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his son David Gilson and his wife Lisa of Merrimack, NH; his daughter Karen Belanger and her husband Donald of Concord, NH; his grandson Theodore Belanger; and his niece Pamela Norris and her husband John of West Bridgewater, MA; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late George R. Gilson and Phyllis Haberman.


Per Bill’s wishes there will be no calling hours or service. Memorials may be made in his name to a charity of one’s choice. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com

6 Condolences for William Warren Gilson, Jr. of Westford, MA

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    Sharon Teresko


    May he rest in everlasting peace
    We all loved ❤️ you Uncle Billy.
    It’s always so hard to loss a family member ?. You will always be remembered with loving memories

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    Doug Anderson


    Hi Folks,
    I’m Doug, Flo’s step-brother.
    In 1969, Bill hired me at Whip-Poor-Will
    golf course. It was my first real job.
    Right away, I learned some of Bill’s rules.
    It you take something,, put it back where you got it. If it’s dirty, put it back clean. If you make a mistake, tell me. These are greats bits of advice. Bill would never offer advice, before asking, but he imparted some deep thoughts into my head. I looked at him as a mentor.
    Bill was a proud US ARMY VETERAN.
    You didn’t often see him without his hat on.
    His love for Flo was beyond compare.
    We lost contact for quite awhile, but my wife, Sue and I were glad we were able to get together for lunches at his favorite place, Longhorns.
    A kind, caring, gentle man and loving husband of Flo is how I’ll remember Bill.

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    Kurtis Haberman


    He has always been known to me as Uncle Billy. He was my grandmother’s brother. He was a very kind and always quiet man. Even though he was quiet, he had much to say. I remember spending many thanksgivings at his house when I was a young child. I will never forget his 120 gallon fish tank with his custom built filter in his basement. I will also never forget the lady tattoo he had on his arm. He helped me with some projects around my house with his woodworking skills. For my own young children he was around a lot and spent a few christmas days with us as well. He was and will always be very special to me and my family. He will be missed and I am saddened by this loss.

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    Ann Coraggio


    Thank you for your service to our country Sir, and for your dedication to your wonderful family. May you rest in eternal heavenly peace.

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    Jack Conrad


    One of the BEST friends anyone can have.
    I remember the wonderful times we had
    Rest in peace my friend

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    Erin Prisk


    “He leadeth me besides still waters, He restoreth my soul” 23.2

    My deepest sympathies and condolences. I am saddened to learn of Uncle Billy passing away. I was fortunate and blessed to have a met such a kind, hardworking soul. He was filled with lots of stories and worldly advice. His love for his family was immeasurable and will be missed greatly. Thankyou for your kindness and warm memories.

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