Lawrence Richard Gilman, 72

Lawrence Richard Gilman died peacefully at his home in Wilmington, NC on Sunday morning, April 20th, with his wife Sarah by his side.

Larry was a long-time resident of Wilton and lived in town from 1966 to 2002. He resided in two self-designed Deck Houses, one on Hulda Hill Road and another on Keelers Ridge Road, before settling into his home on Ridgefield Road.

Born on February 8th, 1942 to then Lieutenant Walter Gilman (NYFD) and wife Mary. Walter also worked in the New York public schools as a mathematics and science teacher. Larry grew up in the Bronx and loved the Yankees as a child. He attended Bronx Science graduating in 1959, and then attended Union College (’63), studying electrical engineering.  He was also captain of the Union College swim team.

Between 1963 and 1965 Larry obtained both Connecticut and New York professional engineering licenses and later a license in North Carolina; and was a license surveyor in Connecticut and New York.

In 1971, Larry and Harry Kabasakalian founded Nexus Engineering. Both gentlemen were simultaneously professors of electrical and civil engineering at Norwalk State Technical College (NCC). (1966-1997).  Nexus Engineering truly gained momentum with their road, septic and subdivision design for Clem Young’s Pipers Hill Road project (Buff and Rob Young of Piburo Builders) and for Jon and Sanford Kellogg’s Keeler’s Ridge development (Kellogg Brothers). Larry and Harry, together with Jon and Sandy, went on to build the DAWN Building at 12 Godfrey Place and were finalists in The Center School Project Design, both in Wilton.

Throughout the decades, Nexus worked closely with Piburo, Kellogg Brothers, Dominick Polito, Carmen Tomas and Wood Brothers Builders on land use, septic, road design, storm water retention, and new construction. Together Larry and Harry with their design team of Dennis Peters (Dennis Peters Designs), Tom Quinn (Peak Engineering), and the late Gary Grom, operated Nexus through 2002.

Larry met Sarah Adams in 1999 and the two were married in 2000 creating a wonderful extended family of children and grandchildren. Even after moving from Wilton, Larry continued his passion for family, profession and friends. Larry was an avid outdoorsman whose favorite activities included skiing, competitive rowing, and upland clays shooting. He shared his enthusiasm for life with his children and grandchildren.

In 1997, Larry returned to Union College where his support for his alma mater’s athletics led him to assist Coach Tom White in revamping the rowing program. This led to the founding of the “Gilman Cup,” which is a NCAA regatta between Union, Hamilton, St. Lawrence and Vassar Colleges to name a few.

Larry followed his father’s ambition for teaching.

As a professor, Larry continued to teach electrical and civil engineering as well as surveying at Brunswick, Cape Fear, Fayetteville and Southeastern Community Colleges in North Carolina.

Upon arriving in Wilmington, Larry began working at Cape Fear Engineering 2000-2005 before leaving once again to follow his entrepreneurial spirit. In 2004, Larry started Red Truck Engineering; a septic design, design and consulting firm with the help of son Todd. In addition the two went on to build one spec house and had two projects pending.

Larry is predeceased by his parents Walter and Mary Gilman, and infant son Luke Alexander Gilman. He is survived by his wife Sarah Adams, M.D., stepdaughter Jessica Stitt, sons Ilya and Kostya Gilman of Wilmington, daughter Jennifer Gilman West, her husband Tom West, and grandsons Zachary, Harrison, and Henry West of Austin, TX, son Todd Gilman (Teacher), grandsons Brett and Ryan Gilman of Wilton, and son Jeremy Gilman of Boulder, CO. Extended family members include Lillian Gilman of Hilton Head, SC and Nelly Gilman-Grennan of Savannah, GA.

If you would like to make a donation, the Gilman Family would like you to consider donations to your local hospice.

Todd has invited all to a gathering in memory of his father and to share tales and anecdotes at Old Town Hall in Wilton (69 Old Ridgefield Rd) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6.