Bryan Martin Gilbert

July 18, 1953 - December 2, 2018
Bryan Martin Gilbert

Bryan Martin Gilbert (Bear), age 65, of Wilmington, NC died Sunday, December 2, 2018, at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter.

Bryan was born in Charlevoix Michigan on July 18, 1953, the son of Donald M. Gilbert and the late Jane O. Gilbert.

Bryan was a graduate of the Cape Fear Technical Institute majoring in Marine Biology. He was self-employed in the construction industry as a framing contractor running 2 to 3 crews at a time. Bryan was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed playing the guitar and writing his own music.

Surviving are his father Donald M. Gilbert, older sister Ann L. Graziano and husband Frank, brother Clark (Corky) Gilbert and wife Stephanie, niece Shannon Gilbert, nephew John Gilbert and wife Bridgett, grand-nephew Mason, grand-niece Madolyn, sister Francine G. Jones and husband Tom, and sister-in-law Kathleen Gilbert.

In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by his first wife Martha M. Gilbert and second wife Carol Gilbert, and his brother Eric (Rick) O. Gilbert.

The family asks that donations, in lieu of flowers, be sent to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

No services are planned at this time.

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  • December 04, 2018
    Jane Crowder says:
    Please accept our condolences in the passing of Brian. Don and Jane were good friends and Jane's passing and Don moving left a void in our community. May God's love be with you all during this time of need. Wilmington Funeral and Cremation Village Road Chapel Jane Crowder, Cindy Kersey and Mae Brinson

  • December 05, 2018
    Sandy Robbins says:
    Corky, so sorry to hear of the passing of your brother Bryan. I remember Ron often speaking of him. Condolences & sympathy for your family.

  • December 05, 2018
    David Mizerak says:
    Condolences to the Gilbert family on the passing of Bryan. Bryan was an interesting person and will be missed.

  • December 06, 2018
    Peter & Kathy Fritz says:
    Don, Corky, and family: So sorry to hear of your loss - Hold onto the good memories and be at peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • July 14, 2020
    Jack Odell says:
    So sad to hear of Bryan's passing. Decided to google him today and, sadly, found his obit. I went to Cape Fear Tech with him. A bigger character you will never find....but, truly, had a heart of gold. RIP, buddy...