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GILMORE, JR., JOSEPH H., 80 -of Longport, died Friday, October 1 after a long illness. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA before moving to Ventnor in 1930. He attended Georgetown University before enlisting in the U.S. Navy to serve on the destroyer U.S.S. Caperton in World War II.

After the war, he moved to Longport where he started a construction company and went on to build many houses in Longport in the 1950's and 1960's. He loved art and architecture, his pets, antiques, and word games and spent much of his retirement drawing and painting. He was predeceased by his beloved son, Joseph H. Gilmore III in 2003.

He is survived by his daughter, Suzanne Gilmore of Longport; his son, Charles P. Gilmore, Esq. of San Juan, P.R.; his former wife, Nancy Phillips Gilmore of Longport; and a sister, Joanne Gilmore Lowe of Southfield, MI.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, October 5 at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany in Longport. Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Longport Volunteer Fire Department. George H. Wimberg Funeral Home.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004 - From the Atlantic City Press