Captain Graig A. Gilbert

Craig Gilbert Ledyard CT Obituary, Rtd. Capt. Craig Gilbert Funerals Details

Craig Gilbert Death – Obituary News: Captain Graig A. Gilbert ‘RTD’, 61, of Ledyard, Connecticut, former Capitão with The United States Coast Guard, has sadly passed away on Friday, September 2nd, 2022, leaving family, closer relatives and other loved ones in total devastations and sadness. Family and friends were devastated when Craig passed away.

Graig was born to the late Jacqueline and Gary Gilbert in Sayre, Pennsylvania. Craig was raised in Mystic, Connecticut where he attended St. Bernard High School and played football, wrestled, and ran track. After graduating high school in 1978 he was a collegiate athlete, playing football and hockey for McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Craig then transferred to the United States Coast Guard Academy and graduated in 1984, earning a degree in marine engineering.

Craig went on to have a successful career in the Coast Guard, including commanding the rescue of nine crew members from the Bering Sea, being deployed during the Perfect Storm, and serving as the Captain of Coast Guard cutters Firebush 1995-1998 and Storis 2000-2002. He retired in 2009 after 25 years of honorable service to his country and, for the rest of his life, would continue to serve his family as a civilian contractor for two separate successful family businesses: Independence Physical Therapy and Cole Engineering.

He was married to his best friend and soulmate Jeanne for 35 years. In addition to being a devoted and loving husband, he was an incredible father to three children, Tucker, Tessa, and Dean. After his military career at sea, Craig turned his attention to the land, eventually cultivating a beautiful garden and orchard. Never a lawn had straighter lines with as many trees. Craig never missed a crossword puzzle or sudoku, was an avid tinkerer, and a dedicated mentor to all he could teach.

Craig’s greatest title remains “Skipper” to his six grandchildren: Jack (4), Grant (3), Peyton (2), Wavey (20mos), Piper (4mos), and Bentley (2mos). As a grandfather his days were filled with laughter, his heart with love, and his hands with rocks and dinos. He will be missed by all who knew him, and his witty sense of humor and boisterous laugher will live forever in our hearts.

He is survived by his wife Jeanne (Thompson); son Tucker Gilbert; daughter Tessa and son-in-law John Harrington (SFC); son Dean Gilbert (LT) and daughter-in-law Allie (Wiggins); brother Moose Gilbert and sister in law Jenny (Cassell) and their children: Connor, Kale, and Grace; mother-in-law Marie Thompson; brother-in-law Redmond Thompson and his children: Sydney (Obed Rios and daughter Selena, 1), Nikki (Edward O’Regan), Blake, and Mykelle; brother-in-law Matthew Thompson and children: Christian, Samuel, and Natalie; sister-in-law Maureen Epps and children: William, Charley (Madyson and son Bennett, 3 mos), James, and Kennedy; sisters-in-law Johannah and Lauren Atkinson and their children: Alec, Nolan, and Grace; and his brother from another mother (as described by Craig) Paul Dempsey and family.

Tributes and Condolences

We had the honor of meeting Craig Gilbert when we came to kodiak in 1997 when Keith Morin was stationed on the USCG Cutter Firebush. He in-trusted me to be his Ombudsman for the Firebush and also when he was the Captain of the USCG Cutter Storis. He always made the families feel as important as the service member.

His wife Jeanne Gilbert never wore her husbands stripes . She came to our gatherings and made us feel like we were family. They both came to Kodiak last year to share in the change of command for Riley Gatewood who also has a great wife Karen GatewoodThey all came to breakfast and i was able to tell him the story of something he did for me.

The Storis was having a picnic at the top of Old women one weekend. Of course we had to walk. Short story is Craig could have just gone to the top and been there in good time but he didn’t. He saw i had 3 young kids and couldn’t walk very fast. He choose to stay with me and help get the kids to the top.

Keith had hauling equipment. Thats the kind of person he was. May you Rest Easy now Sailor. Dean Tucker and Tessa Harrington Thank you for sharing your dad with all of us. Jeannie we love you. ~ Kathie Morin

Funerals and Burial Arrangements

Visiting hours will be held at Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly from 4pm to 8pm on Monday September 12th, 2022. A Funeral Service will take place at the Coast Guard Academy Memorial Chapel, 31 Mohegan Ave, New London, CT at 11 a.m. on Tuesday September 13th, 2022. Please bring proper identification in order to get onto the Coast Guard Academy. Burial is private.

For online condolences please visit In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Bernard’s high school athletic department.

Author: Danny