Hilton Craig Gilbert, 92, of Monroe, formerly of Cranbury, passed away at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. Born in Deland, FL, Craig came north to New Jersey in 1932, and moved with his family in 1960 to Cranbury, where he resided until his move to Monroe in 2007.
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Craig was a graduate of Rutgers University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in English and his Masters Degree in Education. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1946, and was called to active duty as a signalman aboard the USS Oriskany during the Korean conflict. Craig served as principal in Montgomery and Monroe Townships, then as superintendent of the Monroe schools until his retirement in 1975. After retirement, he worked for Cranbury Township as utilities commissioner. A dedicated member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury for almost 60 years, he served as deacon, elder, president of the cemetery board, and a dependable bass in the church choir. After his second retirement, Craig, his wife and their friends were a regular presence for breakfast at Teddy’s on Main Street.
Predeceased by his daughter, Cynthia, he is survived by his wife of 70 years and best friend of 85 years, Beverly Smith Gilbert; one son, Michael Gilbert; two grandchildren, Samuel and Mary Elizabeth Gilbert; and his daughter-in-law, Beth Hurley.
Funeral services will be held at 11am on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury, 22 South Main Street, Cranbury, NJ 08512. Burial will follow at Brainerd Cemetery, Cranbury. In lieu of flowers, donations in Craig’s name may be made to Skeet’s Pantry, 22 South Main Street, Cranbury NJ 08512 or the Cranbury First Aid Squad, 68 Maplewood Avenue, Cranbury, NJ 08512. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Barlow & Zimmer Funeral Home, Hightstown.