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John Bernard "Jack" Gilmore, 77, of Cumberland, passed away on Monday, June 19, 2017, at Western Maryland Regional Medical Center after a short illness.
Born on Jan. 11, 1940, in Cumberland, he was the son of the late John Carroll Gilmore and Leona E. "Momo" Gilmore. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Helen C. (Gilmore) Leo; and aunt, Helen Tasker.
Jack was a graduate of LaSalle High School, class of 1958. From his graduation until death, he proudly wore his LaSalle class ring and lived by the school adage, "That boys will be boys, but LaSalle boys will be gentleman." He was a 1963 graduate of Frostburg State Teachers College, now Frostburg State University. While at Frostburg, Jack played and started on the school's first football team. Jack also obtained a Master's Degree in Geography from FSU in 1969.
Following graduation, Jack embarked on his life's work, being an educator. Jack spent the next 47 years of his life teaching young men and women. Jack taught for two years at Sparrows Point High School in Baltimore County, 18 years at Valley High School in Lonaconing, and 27 years at Allegany High School. During his summers, Jack worked for the City of Cumberland, Parks and Recreation Department. In addition to teaching, Jack spent many years involved in high school athletics, serving as football and basketball coach, as well as an athletic director.

When Jack wasn't coaching, he spent many years broadcasting high school sports. Jack served as a color commentator for football on both WCBC and Magic 100.5. Jack also broadcasted several Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournaments. Jack also served for approximately 20 years on the City of Cumberland Planning and Zoning Commission. When not working, Jack always enjoyed spending time with family and friends, usually talking sports, politics, or other current events. Jack was an avid reader and a passionate Orioles, Ravens, Notre Dame Football and Maryland Basketball fan.
Jack was an inductee of the Maryland High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, the Allegany High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Western Maryland Catholic Hall of Fame. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Parish.
Jack is survived by his wife, Janice L. (Ferrens) Gilmore; sons, J. Timothy Gilmore, Parkton, and J. Matthew Gilmore, Cumberland; three granddaughters, Rory Gilmore, Cumberland, Autumn Gilmore, Parkton, and Sydney Gilmore, Parkton; mother-in-law, Lillian E. Ferrens; brother-in-law, Larry E. Ferrens; and daughters-in-law, Jodi S. Gilmore, Parkton, and Staci M. Gilmore, Cumberland. Jack is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The Gilmore family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the providers and nurses at WMHS who provided outstanding care to him during his illness, particularly the nurses in the WMHS Intensive Care Unit.
Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, on Thursday, June 22, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 23, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the Shrine of SS Peter & Paul, 125 Fayette St., Cumberland, with Monsignor Paul Byrnes officiating.
Those wishing to honor Jack's memory may do so by making memorial contributions to the Bag Man Back Pack Program, Western Maryland Food Bank, P.O. Box 243, Cumberland, Maryland 21502.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com.
Published on June 20, 2017
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