Gilbert MacLaren, Jr., 78, veteran, 37-year Ridgefielder

Gilbert Barkley MacLaren, Jr., age 78, of Ridgefield, CT, died at home on April 19, 2012. He was a resident of Ridgefield for 37 years.

He was born February 13, 1934, in Fort Edward, NY, son of the late Gilbert B. MacLaren, Sr. and Anna (Brown) MacLaren.

He attended elementary schools in Hudson Falls, NY and his family moved to Pennsylvania in 1942. He graduated from Radnor High School, Radnor, PA in 1951 and the University of Maine, Class of 1956.

He served in the US Army from 1956 to 1959. During his service he graduated from the Military Intelligence Service Language School in Monterey, CA, and was trained at Fort Meade, Maryland for the ASA (Army Security Agency) prior to being stationed in Okinawa and Taiwan.

He worked in risk management insurance for Thiokol Chemical Corp., Levittown, PA; Sanders Associates, Nashua, NH; Gillette Company, Boston, MA, ITT-Grinnell, Providence, RI, and retired from ITT Corporation World Headquarters in New York City. Upon retirement Gil also worked at the Ridgefield Golf course.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda Baker MacLaren, and six children: daughter Elizabeth Maldonado and husband Michael of San Antonio, Texas; son Gilbert and wife Jane of Lakeville, CT; daughter Laura Powell of Watsontown, PA; daughter Julia Anderson and husband Jeff of New Preston, CT; son Geoffrey and wife Audra of Bantam, CT and daughter Pamela of Somers, NY. Sixteen grandchildren, Jeffrey, Jason, Joshua, Erin and Jared Maldonado; Ryan, Connor and Garett MacLaren; Christopher, Sarah and Jacob Powell; Briana, Alina and Tegan Anderson; Alexandra and Katharine MacLaren, seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife of 11 years, Patricia Jean (Lacock) MacLaren. He is also survived by his sister Janet Conley of Wilmington, Delaware, brother and sister-in-law Ian and Barbara MacLaren of Argyle, NY and sister-in-law and husband Judy and Ed Hunter of E. Kingston, NH and their families.

A private graveside service will be held at Hillside Cemetery, East Kingston, NH at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT, 405 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810 would be appreciated.

Arrangements are by Brewitt Funeral Home, Exeter, NH.