John W. Gilbert, 64, passed away at his home Feb. 2, 2011.

John, the son of Homer and Olive Gilbert, was born in Belfast on Dec. 21, 1946. He graduated from Rockland High School in 1964 and served with the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War.

John worked on the family dairy farm, for Grant’s Dairy as a manager and delivery person, and as a machinist at Tibbetts Industries. John was most well-known for his finish carpentry skills and he worked on a multitude of projects in the Knox and Waldo county area over the years, including the Sharp’s Wharf project in Camden.

In his youth, John raced dirt bikes. His enjoyment of motorcycles carried through to adulthood as a member of the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club. He enjoyed time spent riding his Harley-Davidson and especially enjoyed participating in the annual toy run to Augusta.

John was also an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, canoeing and participating in whitewater canoe races as well as tooling around Megunticook Lake on his party boat. John had a fabulous sense of humor and enjoyed joking around with his wide circle of friends and family while playing horseshoes or simply hanging out on his deck.

He loved spending time with all of his grandchildren and especially appreciated time spent at their various sporting events and watching them play at the lake. He carried on a love/hate relationship with New England sports teams over the years and will be greatly missed at his Saturday night poker games.

John appreciated evenings on Megunticook Lake with his family and friends watching thunderheads, fireworks and blasting the cannon over the water as well as quiet afternoons spent in the woods with his dog Cassie, cutting fire wood and burning brush piles.

John was predeceased by his parents and step-father, Charlie Holt.

He is survived by his wife, Jude Gilbert, of Lincolnville; his three sons, John R. Gilbert and Daniel W. Gilbert of Hope and Nathan A. Gilbert and his girlfriend Diane L. Sturgeon of Searsmont; a stepdaughter, Tina Chambers and her partner Steve Hamilton of Searsport; two brothers, Bruce “Bud” Gilbert and his wife, Sally, of Thomaston and Brian “Buck” Gilbert of Plymouth; two sisters, Joanne Weatherbee and her husband, Jeff, of Owls Head; Jane Grierson of Rockland, seven grandchildren, Jared, Sydney, Sierra, Carly, Zachary, Taylor and Rilee; his wife’s parents, Edith and Lee Phillips of Belfast; and several nieces and nephews and many friends.

A celebration of John’s life will be held Friday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Rockport Masonic Center, 361 Main St. in Rockport.

If desired, memorial donations in John’s memory may be made to the Camden First Aid Association, P.O. Box 368, Camden, ME 04843.

Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St. in Camden. Condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Gilbert family by visiting their book of memories at longfuneralhomecamden.com.