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He was a 1964 graduate of Bethel High School and was the owner of Bethel Barber Shop for 41 years. Earlier in his career, he worked at a family-owned plumbing and heating contractor business. Gilbert was also a Navy Veteran, having served during the Vietnam War on the USS Oriskany aircraft carrier. He was an avid collector of nautical antiques and rare books throughout his life. His other passion was volunteering and assisting the local community with the preservation, collection and research of historical information.
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