RIP Tom Gilmore

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RIP Tom Gilmore

Post by Jaybird » Fri Nov 13, 2020 11:41 am

Thomas J. Gilmore
Longtime New Jersey Audubon Society president was staunch advocate for bringing people closer to nature
Thomas J. Gilmore, 74, of Pocono Pines, died unexpectedly Friday, November 6, 2020, at his home. He was the loving husband of Joanne (Gallagher) Gilmore, with whom he shared 52 years of marriage.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters: Jennifer Hornidge and her husband, James, of Westwood, New Jersey; Julie Becan of Maywood, New Jersey, and Christina Radigan and her husband, Bryan, of Ramsey, New Jersey; and six beloved grandchildren: Jack, Ashley, Reagan, Paige, Morgan, and Brooke.
Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Thomas M. and Margaret (Lang) Gilmore.
Thomas was President and CEO of the New Jersey Audubon Society (NJAS) for 30 years. Tom was a beloved and highly respected leader who, during his tenure, was instrumental in the passage of landmark conservation laws and the preservation of hundreds of thousands of acres of open space. A staunch advocate for bringing people closer to nature, Tom advanced environmental education through New Jersey Audubon nature centers, as well as in our schools and communities. Prior to NJAS, Thomas served as the Vice President and General Manager of the Philadelphia Zoo.
Earlier in his career, in 1968 he taught at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor, PA. While at the school, he combined his passion for sports with mentoring and launched and coached the first-ever boys soccer team.
Thomas was also an avid fly fisherman and outdoor enthusiast. After retiring in 2012, he focused his efforts on this outdoor writing having authored seven books and innumerable magazine articles.

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Re: RIP Tom Gilmore

Post by cowboyfan » Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:22 pm

Thanks for the post Jay. Tom put it out there, hopefully you picked it up. He shared so much information. Much thanks, Mr. Gilmore...RIP

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Re: RIP Tom Gilmore

Post by 46er » Sat Nov 14, 2020 7:21 am

Another good guy gone much too soon. :( ... m-gilmore/
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Re: RIP Tom Gilmore

Post by Rusty Spinner » Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:02 am

I got the call the day news broke and felt like I took a stomach punch. I was working with him on his new book and we were making plans to meet on the river one day soon. Tom was a giant here in NJ in the conservation world and is the father of the Highlands Drinking Water Protection and Planning Act (Highlands Act). He co-founded the Highlands Coalition that has fought hard to implement the Act. He wrote the quintessential book about Falso Albacore before that fish got hot. But more importantly, he was a wonderful man. He was kind, quick to share his wealth of knowledge, but was also a sponge when it came to learning new things. He will be greatly missed.......
"A sinking fly is closer to Hell" - Unknown

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