JOSEPH ATHERTON GILMAN III
JOSEPH ATHERTON GILMAN III Joseph "Joe" Atherton Gilman III of Kailua, Oahu passed away peacefully on March 28, 2016. Born on August 21, 1931, to Joseph Atherton Gilman, Jr. and Louise Taylor Gilman, Joe grew up on Kailua Beach and graduated from Punahou School, class of 1949. He briefly attended Holderness School in New Hampshire and the University of Hawaii at Manoa before being drafted in 1951 into the Marine Corps where he was stationed at Camp Pendleton. After being discharged in 1953, Joe joined Mutual Telephone Company and retired in 1999 as a construction supervisor after 46 years of service. As a young boy, Joe was surrounded by fishing gear, nets, and boats. The family home on Kailua Beach provided an ideal environment for the waterman that he was to become. He fished with and learned from the best: his father, Howell, Solo and Louie Mahoe of Kailua, and his Nottage cousins. Joe kept records of his secret fish and lobster holes in Kailua Bay; built and repaired his own fishing boats, including the 24-foot sampan Kaaoaopiliokala originally built by his father and the 25-foot Sarah Ann; and patched his own lobster and fish nets. Joe was a long time canoe paddler starting with Kai Oni Canoe Club of Kailua, winning the Molokai Channel race in 1957. Many years were spent with the dominant Waikiki Surf Club where he was a part of their Molokai Channel winning crew in 1960, 1962, 1963, and 1969. Joe is survived by wife Shellene Heen Gilman, daughter Sarah Ann Gilman Sur, son-in-law Michael Sur, grandson Michael Joseph Makuakai Sur, sister Patricia Gilman Greenwell of Waimea, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and sisters Bobbie Lou Gilman Engelhard and Lois Gilman Schuster. Scattering of ashes and a celebration of life will be on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. at the family home. Contributions in Joe's memory can be made to Hospice Hawaii.
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