- Lincoln Purkis Gilman, 70, of the Gulf Coast of Florida, passed away suddenly in the early morning hours at his home on Friday, February 24, 2017.
Lincoln was born on October 10, 1946, in Portland, Maine. He grew up in Presque Isle, Maine, with his father, Horton; mother, Mary; and brothers, Stephen and Michael. The family later moved to Gorham, Maine, where he graduated from high school in 1964. He went on to earn a degree in civil engineering from the University of Maine in Orono.
Living a short time in Illinois after college, Lincoln returned to Maine to embark on an entrepreneurial career path. In the early 1970s he opened Together Leather, one of the first shops in Portland's Old Port. At the shop, he sold leather goods that he designed and made. He then co-founded, developed and ran Portland's iconic Seaman's Club, which played host to both locals and dignitaries. He later began rehabbing historic Old Port buildings before starting The Gilman Group Inc., a renovation and remodeling firm that did extensive, high-quality work for clients in the greater Portland region for nearly 30 years.
Married to Linda Nardi in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1977, the couple raised their two children, Edward and Elizabeth, in a West Buxton, Maine, home designed and built by Lincoln.
In 1999, Lincoln married Susan Carr of Cornish, Maine. The couple began building homes together in York and Cumberland counties, before moving in 2006 to Florida, where they opened a clothing and accessories beach shop.
Lincoln is fondly remembered for the integrity, selflessness, and thoughtfulness he brought to all his endeavors - both professionally and personally. His friends and family will never forget his positive outlook on life, humor, and dedication to the ones he loved.
When times got tough, he would remind his family of the old words of wisdom: "Life by the yard is awfully hard, but inch by inch, it's a cinch" - a common refrain used by his father Horton, a World War II veteran who participated in the Allies' advance on Germany from Normandy Beach.
Lincoln is survived by his wife, Susan Carr Gilman; and her son, Thomas Owens of Alexandria, Virginia; son, Edward Gilman and his wife, Kate, of Alexandria, Virginia, and their children, Mia and Emily; daughter, Elizabeth Carlson and her husband, Erik, of Portland, Maine; and their children, Wesley and Payton; brother, Stephen Gilman and his wife, Ellen, of Readfield, Maine; and their children, Nicholas, Benjamin and Michael; sister-in-law, Mindy Gilman of York, New York; and her children, Tyler and Halie; nephew, Lincoln Kaiser of Westwood, Massachusetts, son of his brother, Michael; as well as many other family and friends. Lincoln was predeceased by his father, Horton Gilman; mother, Mary Gilman; stepmother, Anne Gilman; and brother, Michael Gilman.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lincoln's memory to: University of Southern Maine - Donor Services, PO Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104-9300, Reference: Horton and Mary Purkis Gilman Scholarship.
Published on  March 2, 2017