In Loving Memory of Stephen Michael Gilman
Stephen Michael Gilman of Sarasota, Florida passed away on July 11, 2023.
He leaves behind his wife Fanny Rodriguez and three children, Diego Alejandro ( Guillermina Sosa ); Stephen Alan and Nicole Janyce and his dog Tiko, His sister Susan and brothers Robert, Michael ( Linda), Patrick, and Matthew along with two nephews Matthew and James, and three nieces Morgan, Kasey and Nora. He was predeceased by his mother Janyce G. Gilman and his father Robert Gilman.
Stephen grew up in New Haven, Ct, and he graduated from Northeastern University, Boston, MA, where he earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Communications minor.
Steve served his country in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry Officer in 1981 to 1987.
His first deployment was to Beirut, Lebanon, assigned to the 8th Marine Regiment, following his time in Lebanon, he was assigned as the Public Affairs Officers and XO of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Detroit, MI, during this time, he achieved the Rank of Captain.
Stephen decided to leave the Corps and transitioned to the private sector, beginning a career in aviation based Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions.
He deployed to multiple hotspots worldwide, including locations in the Caribbean, Central and South America, Africa and Southwest Asia.
Stephen flew as an Intelligence Sensor Operator and Air Mission Commander on Multiple ISR and MPA Aircraft, for over two decades.
He also performed roles including MSG Advisor/ Evaluator, Analyst, Mission Wing, Airborne Mission Planning, and Intelligence Fusion Center/PED Experience.
He was a Certified US Army Sensor Flight Instructor and Certified Evaluator / Instructor Afghan Air Force Special.
His final work was on the BT67 Program based at Albrook, Panama.
He was involved in the American Legion, and has a certificate of service for distinguished service in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Stephen enjoyed his family very much and he often said “ my wife and my children were the love of my live“
He also enjoyed time with his friends, and loved sports and the beach.
He will be remembered for being a gentleman and for his kindness, responsibility, honesty and joy“
He was a loving Husband, Father, Son, Brother, and Friend.
Stephen will be remembered by his wife and his children, as well as numerous other family members and friends.
The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to everyone in these difficult times.