HERMITAGE, Pennsylvania (MyValleyTributes) – Thomas G. Gilson, 74 of Hermitage, passed away at 3:10 p.m. Monday, May 24, 2021 in the Cleveland Clinic following an extended illness.
Tom was born September 24, 1946, in Sharon, a son of the late Thomas Gilson, Jr. and Bebe (Dear) Gilson.
He was a lifelong area resident and a 1964 graduate of Sharon High School.
Having lost his mother at an early age, Tom began sweeping floors for Whitehead-Eagle Corporation on Sharpsville Avenue in Sharon when he was 14 years old. Through his loyalty, dedication and a strong work ethic, he and his wife became the owners of the commercial printing business in 1983. After having spent 59 years with the company, Tom retired in 2018 when he sold the business.
Throughout Tom’s life, he was an active member of the community and served on many boards, including the Shenango Valley Industrial Development Corp. (SVIDC), Subscribers Encouraging Economic Development (SEED), the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce where he was also a past president, and the Penn State Shenango Advisory Board. An avid golfer, he was a longtime member of the former Sharon Country Club.
Tom also enjoyed boating, competitive water skiing and snow skiing in his younger days. He loved spending time with his family, particularly his grandchildren and always looked forward to happy hour with lifelong friends.
Tom was a former member of Central Christian Church, Hermitage.
Surviving are: his wife of 39 years, the former Charlene Davelli, whom he married on December 4, 1981; a daughter, Kellie Shipman and her husband Stephen “Rico,” of Sharpsville; a son, Darren Gilson and his wife Anna, of Hermitage; five grandchildren, Nathaniel Titus (who Tom affectionately called Jake), Bianca and Ava Chaser and Darrian and Gina Gilson; three sisters, Kathleen Watrous, of Puyallup, Washington, Deborah Weber and her husband John, of Pace, FL and Rebecca “Becky” Nagy and her husband Ronald, of Milton, Florida; a brother, William Keith Gilson and his wife Grace, of Myrtle Beach, SC; his mother-in-law, Madeline Davelli, of Hermitage; a brother-in-law, Thomas A. Davelli, of Vermilion, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Thomas A. Davelli, Sr. The family suggests memorial contributions be forwarded to The First Tee, 1290 Forker Blvd., Hermitage, PA 16148.
Calling hours will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 28, 2021 in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 E. State Street, Sharon.
Funeral service will be Saturday, May 29, 2021 in the funeral home with the time to be announced.
Interment will be in America’s Cemetery, Hermitage.
A television tribute will air Wednesday, May 26 at the following approximate times: 5:17 a.m. on WKBN, 8:39 a.m. on FOX, 5:21 p.m. on WYTV and 6:35 p.m. on MyYTV.