Richard Gilpin, 51

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 12:45pm

Richard Reed Gilpin, 51, loving husband of Lori (Walason) Gilpin, passed away on Dec. 17, 2019. Born in Middletown, N.Y., on Dec. 20, 1967, he was the son of Robert A. Gilpin of Block Island and the late Ellen E. (Ritzinger) Gilpin.

Growing up in Circleville, N.Y., he spent many summers on Block Island with his family at the Vaill Hotel. In 1984, he moved to the island where he built houses before leaving to work on the maritime vessel Stuyvesant, spending the next few years traveling between ports and meeting new people.

Rich was a talented woodworker and over the years he designed and produced many one-of-a-kind creations and he restored antique furniture. If he wasn’t working with wood, he was gazing up at the stars, gathering crystals, building and programming computers or working on his car.

Rich and Lori met on Block Island and were married in 1999. After honeymooning in Egypt, they left the island and eventually settled in Danielson, Conn. Rich loved and respected the earth and became an avid organic gardener, giving to the land as much as he got in return; eventually, he was able to grow most of their own food.  

When he wasn’t whistling in the garden, he was researching and learning about food and nutrition, science and new technologies, which led him to discover his interest and talent for 3D printing. He took pride in everything he did and his Creative Fusion website was a way for him to share all that he learned and created with others.  

Rich had a big heart and a kind soul and he was always looking for ways to make a difference in people’s lives. He and Lori gave to many great causes and as animal lovers, over the years they rescued multiple cats as well as their two dachshunds, Roswell and Rosco. 

He was most happy when he was looking up at the sky, working in his gardens or just spending quiet time with his wife and their animals. 

In addition to his wife and father, Richard leaves behind his brother Robert E. Gilpin, and sisters Karen Martin (Richard), Gabrielle Schettini and Elizabeth Anderson (Jeffrey). He is also survived by nieces Alicia, Sarah, and Abigail; nephew Benjamin (Dani); great-nephews Mason and Neil, and a great-niece, Lily.

He will be sadly missed by his family and friends and his loving wife. A celebration of life will be held at a later date to be shared. 

“We can do this together, this difference we'll make.

If you give me your ear, that's all it will take.

Now, I've got land to watch grow and stars to make bright.

Yes, I'll watch over you, all day and all night.

But this is my time now to go see all I've dreamed.

I'm gonna conquer the heavens and pave them in stars!

Just know, I will never be far."

In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard’s memory can be made to I am ALS, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW #14135, Washington, D.C. 20044 (; to Hope Loves Company, P.O. Box 931, Pennington, NJ 08534 (;  or to The Mary D. Fund, P.O. Box 323, Block Island, RI 02807. Condolences may be offered and memories shared online at