Mr. Alfred Lee Gilman, age 88, died of complications from cancer Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital in Onancock. Mr. Gilman grew up in Great Neck, N.Y., and attended Manlius Military School in Syracuse, N.Y., which was one of the highlights of his youth. He then graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, enlisted in the U.S. Army, and is a veteran of the Korean War. In 1987, Mr. Gilman married his beloved wife, Doreta Simpson, while living in Key Biscayne, Fla., where they enjoyed the Miami opera, ballet and symphony, and became lifelong Miami Heat basketball fans. He was an active member of the Rotary Club and was concerned about nature and the environment, adopting and giving a home to many cats over his lifetime. Mr. Gilman was a great collector of books, stamps, and objects of art. He was passionate about politics and loved to play tennis and listen to classical music. A highlight of his career was creating and publishing the Stamp Show News Magazine.
Mr. and Mrs. Gilman built a log home in Onancock on the Chesapeake Bay after visiting one summer. They fell in love with the beautiful Eastern Shore and lived there happily for the last 20 years. They were members of the Eastern Shore Yacht and County Club, but his favorite pastime was being a member of the Onancock Ping Pong Club, playing to win!
Mr. Gilman is survived by his wife, Doreta; his children from his first marriage, Paul, Philip, and Emily; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
The Gilman family would like to extend their immense gratitude to all the staff at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital, Riverside Shore Cancer Center, and the Onancock Volunteer Fire Department whose caring service was invaluable.
Memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Society or to the Eastern Shore SPCA.