Michael William Gilsenan Sr. passed away peacefully on February 11, 2020 after a long illness.
Raised in the Bronx, New York, Mike was predeceased by his parents Elizabeth and Philip Gilsenan and one sister Betty Lane. He was also predeceased by his first, loving wife of 55 years, Elaine Gilsenan (nee Irvine).
Mike is survived by his loving wife Barbara; his brothers Phil and John and sister Rose Bastedo; as well as his children Michael (Veronica), Brian (Karen), Kevin (Diane), Jill Mahoney (Tom), Sue Ann Platt (Richard), Damian (Maria), and Andrew (Marie); and his step children Carolyn and Joseph Romspert. He is also survived by his 15 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
As a US Marine, Mike proudly served his country during the Korean conflict.
While raising his family on Staten Island, he was active in community affairs including serving as President of Tottenville HS Football Fathers’ Club and coach of SI Boys’ Football League.
Mike enjoyed a 30-year career with the Bank of New York, retiring as Vice President of Bank Operations.
After relocating to Lewes, Delaware, Mike served as the treasurer of Oak Crest Farms’ first Board of Directors; he chaired several committees and served on the Board of Directors of the Cape Henlopen Elk Lodge 2540. During his retirement, Mike enjoyed travelling world-wide and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Visitation will take place on Sunday, February 16 at Bedell-Pizzo Funeral Home, 7447 Amboy Road, Staten Island 10307; hours are from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday February 17 at 10:00 am at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 23 Summit Street, Staten Island 10307.
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service and celebration of Mike’s life on Saturday February 22, at Cape Henlopen Elk Lodge 2540, 18544 Beaver Dam Road, Lewes 19958.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Mike’s name to Make-A-Wish, Delaware Office, 100 W. 10th Street, Suite 106, Wilmington, DE 19801.
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