|Birth: ||Jun. 30, 1904, Russia|
|Death: ||Aug. 30, 2010|
SIDNEY GILBERT, 106, a 64 year resident of Lakeland, passed away at his home August 30, 2010. Mr. Gilbert was born in Krupki, Russia. After he and his family moved to the United States in 1911, they made their home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1934 he married Clara Franzblau. She preceded him in death in 1976. Mr. Gilbert with his brother, Irving, owned a grocery store, Gilberts' SuperValue, in Hutchinson, Minnesota. He was active in the local organizations of Odd Fellow and Freemasons.
In 1946, Mr. Gilbert and his family moved to Lakeland, Florida, where he and his father-in-law, Aaron Franzblau, founded the Franzblau-Gilbert Equipment Company, an International Harvester dealership. Mr. Gilbert was prominent in the citrus industry as a grove owner, as well as being an active member in civic organization such as the Lakeland Kiwanis. A Kiwanian since 1949, Mr. Gilbert was recently recognized by the International Kiwanis as the oldest club member in the world. He was a life member of the Shriners, a member of the Scottish Rite and an 80 year member of the Masons. He went through the ranks of the local lodge of Masons and achieved the honor of 33rd degree. He was a member of Temple Emanuel and a founding member the Lone Palm Golf Club. During his lifetime, he was given many honors including Honorary Polk County Deputy Sheriff and in 2004 and 2010 June 30th was proclaimed "Sidney Gilbert Day" in Lakeland. In 1983, he married Ingrid Katz of Montreal, who preceded him in death in 2007.
Mr. Gilbert was predeceased in death by his parents, Rose and Hyman Gittlewitch, his brothers, Nathan and Irving Gilbert, his sisters, Zelda Silverman and Lottie Weinberg.
Mr. Gilbert is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law Jean and Leonard Gilbert of Tampa and Beverly and Edward Gilbert of Gainesville; his grandchildren Jonathan S. Gilbert of Palm Beach, Suzanne Gilbert of Orlando, Dr. Aaron Gilbert and Robert Holloway of Chicago, Illinois, and Samone Gilbert and husband, Rick Acosta, of Gainesville; and his great grandchildren Valon Acosta and Peyton Acosta of Gainesville.
The family thanks the Rose Team of Good Shephard Hospice and his caregivers, Susan Stephan, Candice Whitaker, Teddie Fix and Ida Mitchell for their devotion and loving care.
Funeral services will be held at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, 1833 S. Florida Ave. on Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 10:30am. Masonic Rites and graveside services will immediately follow at Temple Emanuel Oak Hill Burial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to Temple Emanuel, the Shriners Hospital for Children, or the charity of your choice.
Clara F. Gilbert (1909 - 1976)
Ingrid Frances Gilbert (____ - 2007)
Oak Hill Burial Park
Created by: Vera Mikell Sodek
Record added: Sep 01, 2010
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