WORCESTER – Thomas F. Gilmartin, 92, formerly of 95 Gage Street, Worcester, died after a short illness on Friday, October 27, 2023, in the Jewish Healthcare Center.
His brother, Rev. Paul P. Gilmartin, SJ. passed away in 2019. He leaves several distant cousins and many close and loyal friends. Those who mourn and will miss Tom wish to extend their thanks to his long-time primary care physician, Nandana Kansra, M.D., for her constant care and concern. Tom was born in Worcester, son of Francis and Margaret (McNiff) Gilmartin and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy, where he was elected Class President (1948), The College of The Holy Cross (1952) and the United States Army Language School in Monterey, California (1953), and received his Master’s Degree from Clark University upon his separation from Military Service.
Tom taught briefly at the Murdock High School in Winchendon and Assumption Preparatory School here in Worcester, before finding his “calling” as a social worker, at the Worcester Welfare Department under the tutelage of its then Director, James F. O’Neill. He was employed there for 32 years doing “God’s Work”, for the Department’s clients.
Not one to sit idly by, Tom volunteered as a Greeter and Docent at The Worcester Art Museum upon his retirement and followed all of the Athletic Teams at Holy Cross, his Alma Mater, in his spare time.
In addition to his membership in Holy Cross’ Alumni Association, Tom was a member of the Massachusetts State Association of Retirees, the State and Municipal Employees Association, the Worcester Art Museum, the Catholic Alumni Club of Boston, and a lifelong member of the former, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, October 31 at 10am in Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Loreto Church, 37 Massasoit Road. Burial will be in St. Leo’s Cemetery Leominster. There are no calling hours.