a Bayonne resident since 2008, passed away suddenly on Monday, July 17. He worked for 32 years at a job that he loved as a pilot for American Airlines; was an active volunteer and parishioner of Grace Lutheran Church; commodore and educator at the Lackawanna Sail and Power Squadron; volunteer for the Camelback Ski Patrol, and a very involved member of the Robbins Reef Yacht Club. He had a deep and enthusiastic love for his family, skiing, travelling, sailing, and his boat the Summer Wind. Thomas is predeceased by his parents, Jack and Evelyn (nee Thiemann) Gilbert. He is survived by his loving wife, Diane Borkowski-Gilbert; his children, Amanda and Brian Gilbert; his sister, Lois Brown and her husband, Curt and their son, Clark; his sisters-in-law, Katherine Cauley and Linda Ferri and her husband Tom Ferri; his nieces and nephews, Rae and Ian Cauley and Kelsey and Zach Ferri; and his feathered friends, Simone, an African gray parrot, and Buddy, a yellow head parrot. Visitation will take place at the Dzikowski, Pierce and Levis Funeral Home in Bayonne on Saturday, July 22, from 2-4 P.M. and 7-9 p.m. A brief prayer service will be held during the evening visitation. Guests will be invited to share their fond memories of Tom. A Celebration of Life Memorial and repast will be held on Sunday, July 23, at Robbins Reef Yacht Club in Bayonne from 2-5 p.m. A funeral service will also be held at the Grace Lutheran Church in Bayonne on Sunday, July 30 at noon. All are welcome to all services. For more information, please contact the funeral home at (201) 436-4408 or go to: (http://dplfh.com/book-of-memories/2989600/Gilbert-Thomas/service-details.php to leave a message of condolence. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Tom’s name to either Grace Lutheran Church, 836 Avenue C, Bayonne, NJ 07002 or the Lackawanna Sail and Power Squadron, 37 Lines Avenue, Hopatcong, NJ 07843. Funeral arrangements by DZIKOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 24 East 19th St.