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Ralph A. Gilmore 04/17/2016

NORTH ATTLEBORO – Ralph A. Gilmore, 77, a lifelong resident of North Attleboro passed away early Sunday, April 17, 2016 at home surrounded by his devoted family.  He was the loving husband of Donna (Dagosta) Gilmore for 59 years.


Born May 20, 1938 in Attleboro, he was a son of the late Ralph S. and Alberta (Hume) Gilmore.

Ralph was a 1956 graduate of North Attleboro High School and was a US Navy veteran serving from 1956-1962.

He co-owned R.S. Gilmore, Inc. Insurance Agency with his brother and worked there for 43 years before retiring in 2003.  He also worked part-time at Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home for many years both while he was at the insurance agency and later in his retirement.

Ralph served as a call fireman for five years in North Attleboro and later was on the Board of Fire Commissioners for 25 years.  He loved baseball and after attending Al Somers’ Umpire League School in Daytona Beach, FL he umpired local high school and college level baseball games.  From 1974-1980 he umpired for the semi-professional Cranberry League on Cape Cod and volunteered many years umpiring the Little North Attleboro League.

He served on the North Attleboro WWII Swimming Pool committee for 25 years and was a member of the B.P.O.E. “Elks” in North Attleboro for 54 years.  He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church and was a 4th degree Knight, life member and past Grand Knight of the Thomas P. McDonough Council of the Knights of Columbus and belonged to the Edward Douglas White Assembly.

Ralph was also a member of the former Kiwanis Club in North Attleboro where he served as president.

He was a devoted sports fan and loved the Patriots and Red Sox.  He also was an avid 10-pin bowler and played both in leagues and sponsored teams at North Bowl for many years.  He loved to golf and was proud to have scored a hole-in-one at Falmouth Country Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children: Mark S. Gilmore and wife Susan of North Attleboro, Rae-Ann Wallace and husband John of Attleboro, Bonnie L. Blanchard and husband David of Naples, FL and Amy Jo Pennella and husband Armando of Greenwich, CT; a sister Judith A. Getchell and husband Gary of Dresden, ME; his mother-in-law Gertrude Dagosta of North Attleboro; his sister-in-law Janice Gilmore of Attleboro; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was the father of the late Michael R. Gilmore, USCG who passed away in 2013, brother of the late Robert J. Gilmore and grandfather of the late James Gilmore, USAF and Jason Gilmore, sons of Mark and Susan Gilmore.

Visiting hours will be held in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro on Tuesday, April 19 from 4-8 p.m.

A funeral will be held from the funeral home on Wednesday, April 20 at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass in St. Mary’s Church, 14 Park Street, North Attleboro at 10 o’clock.  Burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Attleboro Falls.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Community VNA Hospice, 10 Emory Street, Attleboro, MA 02703 or St. Mary’s Church “Roof Fund”, 14 Park Street, North Attleboro, MA 02760.


#20 Paul E. Lambert, Sr. 2016-04-23 18:58
Rest in peace, Ralph, and may God be with the Gilmore clan in a special way during this difficult days.
#19 Evalyn Hart Maghakia 2016-04-23 01:10
I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Ralph. I have so many fond memories of 602 Mount Hope St. and the Gilmore's and Go-Go! My sincerest condolences at this difficult time.
#18 Ron Lemonde 2016-04-20 22:28
My deepest sympathy to the family. Ralph was a great man and I know he will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
#17 Ted & Taylor 2016-04-20 16:57
I am so sorry for your loss.I wish I had the right words, just know I care.I am always just a phone call away.
#16 Bob and Pat Maher 2016-04-20 12:52
Dear Donna,
We were sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. Though we are unable to attend the services, our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family during this difficult time.
#15 Matt McCarthy 2016-04-20 10:51
Very sorry to hear of Mr Gilmore's passing. My condolences to the entire family.

Matt & Glenda McCarthy
#14 Jim & Rose McElwain 2016-04-20 01:29
Amy Jo,
We are very sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Jim and Rose
#13 Jane & Mike Burgess 2016-04-19 07:14
Dear Judy and Gary,
Mike and I would like to express our sincerest condolences to you and the rest of your extended family. Judy, it appears that your brother chose to live life to the fullest, "wearing out not rusting out". May his soul rest in peace and "may the angels greet him in paradise".
#12 David Anderson 2016-04-19 00:31
So sorry to hear of the loss of my cousin. My thoughts and prayers go out to the rest of the family.
#11 Jim and Jane Curtis 2016-04-18 22:44
Thanks for all the great memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I will treasure always, "The Great Ralphie G" God bless you always!
#10 Michelle 2016-04-18 21:45
Our thoughts are with you and your family. May all the wonderful memories of your father give you strength to get through this difficult time. Sending love and prayers xoxo
#9 Kim & Tony Ovelgonne 2016-04-18 19:53
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Uncle Ralph was a man of integrity and character. He will be missed by all. Prayers and love to Aunt Donna and the family!
#8 Louise 2016-04-18 18:59
Wishing you all much sympathy, you are a beautiful family. Lots of Love, Louise
#7 Arlene Hall 2016-04-18 18:45
My sincere condolences on your loss. My prayers are with all of you. May he rest in peace.
#6 Lorraine and Tony 2016-04-18 18:44
Our prayers and sympathy is sent to the family at this time. May he rest in peace

From Rev Mr and Mrs Tony Cipriano
#5 Bob and June Brayton 2016-04-18 16:54
Judy and Gary, we are so very sorry to hear of the loss of Judy's brother. There are no words that can make the pain of loss go away, but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers for healing and strength.
#4 Cheryl Emerson 2016-04-18 16:36
The man with a twinkle in his eyes and a smile on his face....fondly remembered. My heart goes out to his children, wife, family and friends.
#3 Karen Killough 2016-04-18 14:34
I know what a difficult time this has been for your family. May God give you comfort and peace at this time.
#2 Paul and Judi Clark 2016-04-18 13:30
Our sympathy to you and your family. I enjoyed being a Knight with you all!
#1 Wendy 2016-04-18 12:19
My sincere condolences for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for the whole family.

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