CARMEL - David Michael Gilks, 42, was surrounded by friends and family as his courageous battle with Wegner's Granulomatosis ended on Sept. 6, 2013.
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David was born on Dec. 8, 1970, in Chicopee, Mass., and came to Maine at a young age where he has resided ever since. He grew up in Hermon and Winterport and most recently had resided in Carmel. David lead a fun filled life and saw the beauty in things that others didn't. He loved camping, fishing, photography (especially with his sister) and any time spent with family and friends. He was a youth football coach, a Cub Scout Den Leader, an Assistant Scout Master, a Foster Parent and most importantly an extremely proud father of three; Austin, Dylan and Elizabeth. He also had a love for animals, especially for his two "puppas" Moxie Quinn and Bailey Jade. David was loved by many people and he touched many lives. He made friends where ever he went and knew someone no matter where he was. His smiling face and charming personality made everyone want to be his friend.
David's legacy continues to live on through many special people; his wife, Jodi of Carmel; his three extraordinary children, Dylan, Austin and Elizabeth of Carmel and Bangor; his parents, Arnold and Pam of Old Town; his sisters, Becky of Michigan and Kelly of Old Town; his brother, Cody of Old Town; his Grammy Kay of Hermon; his in-laws, Jim and Nancy of East Millinocket and Alison of Hampden; four beautiful nieces, Allyson, Hannah, Emily and Mariah; one favorite nephew, Nic; and some great friends that he also considered family, Adrienne, Tim, Derek, Gary and Dave. He also has many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends that he loved very much.
David was a "trucker" by trade and a kid at heart by nature. If we learned anything from his life we should all live by his theory of "if you are going to do something do it big," and visit Disney World often!
There will be a celebration of his life held 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at his residence, 57 Garland Road, Carmel. All are welcome. Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor.
Published in BDN Maine on Sept. 9, 2013