Samuel Bellows Gilpin III

05/14/2019 4:20 PM |

Samuel Bellows Gilpin III died peacefully at his home on Shelter Island.

“Sandy,” as he was known by his friends, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., Feb. 25, 1927.

Sandy graduated from The Haverford School in 1944 and Yale University in 1949. During his college years and after, he served in the Navy as LTJG, Naval Intelligence. Sandy was president of Timothy Dwight College, sang in the Yale Glee Club and played squash and soccer. Sandy served as a class agent from graduation until his recent death. Sandy earned the distinction of the longest-serving class agent for Yale. Sandy was an avid tennis and squash player, winning many club championships at the Yale Club in New York City and the Merion Cricket Club. Sandy also loved to ski and dance.

After college, Sandy went to work for Continental Can Company before founding Gilpin and Company, Inc. The packaging industry took Sandy around the world several times, forging lasting friendships with colleagues across the globe.

Sandy was a member of his beloved Marble Collegiate Church, where he worshipped most Sundays, and was a long-serving usher and greeter at the front door. Sandy would give as his gift to Marble its first bath and exterior lighting.

Sandy is survived by his spouse, Elizabeth M. Gilpin (Lisa); his daughter, Marisa H. Gilpin of Clinton, N.Y.; his son, Luke H. Gilpin; his sister, Ann Taylor of Wayne, Pa.; his stepbrother, W. Craig Heston of Savannah, Ga.; and several adoring nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019, at the Gilpin residence, 21 Smith St., Shelter Island.

This is a paid notice.

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