Edward R. Gillander
Edward Robert Gillander (Ed), 83, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, passed away on March 2, 2013 after a battle with cancer.
Edward was born in Portland, Maine, on Jan. 5, 1930. He graduated from Portland High School in 1948 and graduated Portland Junior College in 1951.
Edward was married on July 2, 1954 to Bertha Estelle Gillander, who passed away on June 7, 1987. He was also blessed to share the last 23 years of his life with Patricia Amabile Wilson of Portland, Maine.
Edward worked as an office clerk for Texaco for over 20 years, and prior to that, worked for the Portland Pipeline. Ed was an avid outdoorsman. His hobbies included camping, hunting, fishing and picking up “sea glass” while walking on the local area beaches. An accomplished photographer, Ed, spent many of his days traveling and taking photographs of the landscapes and nature he so loved. He also enjoyed tracing his Scots heritage. This passion for Celtic history and music took Edward twice to Scotland and he attended Highland Games events throughout the US. Edward was a 40 year member of Hiram Lodge 180 A.F.&A.M. He was also the Secretary of the Highland Memorial Cemetery Association.
Edward is survived by his son, Randall Alan Gillander; daughter, Jill Amy Gillander Cyr; grandchildren, Ellen Elyse Gillander and Ross Randall Gillander; his loving partner, Patricia Wilson; and her family to whom Eddie was a beloved father and grandfather; and countless other friends and family.
Edward was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Estelle Collins Gillander; parents, Maude Arlene and Eldon Robert Gillander; brothers, Raymond and Clifford “Buster” Gillander and Arnold and Paul Herrick.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 24, 2013 from 1 to 3 p.m. at A.T. Hutchins Funeral and Cremation Services, 660 Brighton Avenue, Portland, Maine. A memorial service will follow at the funeral home at 3 p.m., officiated by Pastor Ruth Morrison from the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church. A private interment will take place at Highland Memorial Cemetery at a later date. To offer words of condolence and share memories with the family, please go to the obituaries section at www.athutchins.com.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Maine Cancer Foundation, 170 US Route 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, Maine 04106 http://mainecancer.org/.
The family of Edward Gillander wishes to thank the staff of the Zolov Unit at the Barron Center in Portland for their kind and compassionate palliative care. Randy, Jill and Patty would also like to thank their work families from Mayo Clinic, Marriott International and the Park Danforth for their compassion and understanding in allowing them to share the most time possible with Ed in his last days.