Carl William Gilmore, 61, died unexpectedly on May 12, 2022. Born on July 23, 1960 in Gary, Indiana in 1960, he graduated from Portage High School and was an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. He studied economics and painting at Indiana State University in Terre Haute (class of 1984), where, as a member of the Indiana ETA Chapter of Phi Delta Theta, he met many brothers who would become lifelong friends. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Chicago in 1993, and a Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School in 2002. He worked his way up in the futures industry, starting as a runner at the Chicago Board of Trade, and became an expert in risk management, law, and compliance. He was a devoted, tenacious and successful provider for his family.
He had lived in Oak Park since 1988 and adored spending time at the family’s cottage in Ferrysburg, Michigan, which became a venue for many memorable vacations and events and was a wonderful host, who enjoyed throwing parties of all kinds. He was known for his ability to chat with everyone, no matter their background and made many friends wherever he went, with whom he shared his generosity and expansive spirit.
A loving father, brother, and husband, he was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Bonnie, and his brother, Richard. Carl is survived by his wife, Helen (née Wiss); his sons, Noah (Emily), and Will (Meaghan); and his brothers, Paul (Chrissy), and Kevin.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 26 at 5 p.m., at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 611 Randolph St., Oak Park. Donations in Carl’s memory can be made to: PING! (Providing Instruments for the Next Generation) https://pingoprf.org.