Robert Joseph Gillmore, who passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, was born to Harry and Helen Gillmore in Gardena, Calif., on Jan. 4, 1925. Growing up in the Great Depression, he learned a variety of skills that served him well his entire life.
He joined the Army Air Corps and served during World War II as a tail gunner in a B-17 airplane and was stationed in Framlingham, England, during 1943 and 1944. He participated in the Allied invasion of Normandy and flew 33 missions. His plane was shot down in the North Sea.
His thirst for knowledge led him to a degree in mathematics from University of Southern California and in physics from California Polytechnic University. He met and married Madeline Anna Klein in 1952 while working for the McDonnell Douglas Aircraft company.
His career took him to the New York City area where he worked in the fledgling information technology industry and for various financial institutions. His computer career spanned several decades, from shortly after the war when crude early machines used vacuum tubes, until his retirement in 1992 from the Rock Island Refinery in Indianapolis, after many years of service.
During retirement he was able to pursue his passion for flying, traveling extensively with Madeline in their Cessna 210 airplane. He sold the Cessna and flew his own aerobatic aircraft until his early 80s, flying complicated loops, barrel turns and slow rolls. They moved to Georgia in 1998 to be near some of their grandchildren. His beloved Madeline passed away in 2002.
He was a true renaissance man, equally at ease doing hand-hammered metal work or complex computer calculations. He had a sharp intellect, and did not suffer fools gladly. He was passionate about the liberty that made the USA unique among nations.
In 2007, he met and married Barbarajean and shortly thereafter moved to Cape Coral. He is survived by his wife; children, Matthew John (Anita), David Robert (Sandy Held) and Barbara Anne Reed (Harvey); and his grandchildren, Sebrina, Nathan, Vincent, Cassandra, Roch, Robert, Benjamin, Christina, Victor, Gabriel, Louisamarie and Juliana Gillmore, Ronnie A. Rudd, Stacy L. Dunn and Lorie A. Alexander.
Memorial service and interment will be private. Donations in memory of Bob may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation: www.pdf.org.
Family and friends may sign the guest register by visiting www.dignifiedcremations.com.