Richard E. Gilfillan

Jun 30 1927
Nov 29 2019
92 Years
Honey Brook

Richard E. Gilfillan, 92, of Honey Brook, passed away at his home on Friday, November 29, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Frances S. (Skiles) Gilfillan with whom he shared 16 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Robert Vance Gilfillan and Martha (Hannum) Gilfillan.

Dick was an area resident all his life and a 1944 graduate of the former Scott High School of Coatesville. Following High School, he honorably served in the US Navy during WWII and later was called up again during the Korean War. He continued his education receiving a degree from Temple University and ultimately gained employment at the Lukens Steel Company of Coatesville where he served as Credit Manager/ Collection Claims Manager.

He is survived, in addition to his wife, by four children; Richard Gilfillan and wife Zhe of Alexandria, VA, Anne Marie Tran and husband Khai of Hollywood, MD, Kathleen Lumsargis and husband Mark of Exton, PA and Alexander C. Gilfillan and wife Linda of Thorndale, PA, six grandchildren and four step-children; Susan Miller and husband Richard of Worton, MD, Robert Johnstone and wife Teresa of Christiana, PA, Elizabeth Myrick and husband Harry of Paradise, PA, and Carol Herr and husband Ronald of Parkesburg. He was preceded in death by his son Douglas Gilfillan and three siblings.

A Celebration of Life Service will take place on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1520 W Kings Highway, Gap, PA 17527 with visitation at the church from 10:00 AM to the time of the service.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg. Online condolences can be made at

Service Date: 
Dec 7 2019 - 11:00am
Service Location: 
St. John's Episcopal Church, 1520 W Kings Highway, Gap, PA 17527


It was a pleasure to have served as Richard's priest. He was a special gentleman with impeccable old-fashioned manners--but also, with a twinkle in his eye and a good sense of humor and wit. I particularly enjoyed his stories about our historic church's past, and hope he is now chatting with some of those Revolutionary War heroes and brave Colonists in heaven. May the peace and comfort that only Our Lord Jesus Christ can bring be with Fran and all of Richard's family. He will be missed.

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It was a great pleasure to claim an acquaintance with Dick, my cousin and my grandfather’s dear nephew.  I remember how fun it was collaborating on family history and seeing photos of his latest model ship project.  A fine man is gone, I will remember him always.

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