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Gilbert Pemberton II

May 8, 1932 February 21, 2019
Gilbert Pemberton II
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Obituary for Gilbert Pemberton II

Gilbert Pemberton, II, 86, passed into eternal life on February 21, 2019. He was the cherished husband of Margaret E. Thomas for almost 36 years.

Gil was born in Providence to William Pemberton and Grace (Rex) Pemberton on May 8, 1932. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Scott (AnneMarie Dubois) of Cumberland, Robert (Lori) of Cumberland, Jeffrey (Michelle) of North Attleboro; three grandchildren, James (Tara)of Oregon; Dana of Cumberland; Skylar of North Attleboro; and three great-grandchildren. He was the brother of the late W. Peter Pemberton.

He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Dr. Anthony G. Thomas and his wife, Dr. Valerie Thomas of North Smithfield; a sister-in-law, Jennifer E. Thomas of Newport; two nieces, Holly Pemberton of Florida and Lisa Pemberton Johnston of Warwick and two nephews, Redley (Dan) Wilson-Thomas and Raymond Thomas, both of Warwick.

Gil graduated from Classical High School in 1950 and attended Brown University. After high school, he served in the Marines during the Korean War as a trainer in fire direction on large guns. He was an expert marksman. Gil was an outstanding athlete who continued to play softball, basketball, tennis, bike and ski for most of his life. Even after recovering from a stroke, he played nerf basketball in the kitchen.

Gil was an amateur softball umpire with the Blackstone Valley Umpires Association for over 40 years, also serving as the treasurer for many years, as well as umpiring in a World Softball Tournament.

Gil worked for over 45 years for Bell Atlantic, New England Telephone and then Verizon. After official retirement, he continued as a consultant. He loved his job and never missed a day of work unless it was “official” vacation.

Gil was a member and served on the vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church, Cranston. Prior to that he was a member of Emmanuel Church, Cumberland and St. Stephen’s in Providence, where he grew up. At St. Stephen’s, Gil was an acolyte and master of ceremonies. He served two terms as Governor and Treasurer of the Rhode Island Society of Mayflower Descendents.

On a personal level, Gil was an awesome guy; kind, loving, compassionate and helpful. He was chatty and fond of long stories, loved to cook, loved sweets and ice cream, sports and animals. On Fridays, he enjoyed getting cannolis and watching the Red Sox with Bob Anderson; also, working out with Thiago; going for a ride in the car; going to church; on vacation with the Demings and living life. He was a sweet and caring man who was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. Margaret will miss him most of all.

Gil’s family is very grateful for his devoted caregivers: Bob, Diane, Kristen, Izzy and Thiago; Maria, his favorite CNA from Hope Hospice and Palliative Care, and also Nyla, Daniel and Francois; and his primary nurse, June; also, his wonderful therapists, Aitor, Allison, Marianne and Christine.

The funeral will be held on Friday, March 1st at 8:45 from Monahan Drabble Sherman Funeral Home, 230 Waterman St., Providence, with a Requiem Eucharist at 10 a.m. from Trinity Church, 139 Ocean Ave., Cranston, RI. Burial will be in St. Columba Cemetery, Middletown, RI. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours at the funeral home on Thursday, February 28th from 4 to 7 p.m.

Anyone wishing to make a donation in Gil’s name may do so to Trinity Church, Hope Hospice and Palliative Care, or to the Rhode Island SPCA. Gil especially love animals and volunteered for the SPCA for many years.

The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

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