April 29, 1953 ~ May 4, 2022

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: Hamden, CT

Henry M. “Happy” Gilmore, 69, of Hamden, passed away at his home on May 4, 2022. Born in New Haven on April 29, 1953, he was the son of the late Henry F. & Barbara (Wehner) Gilmore. Henry is survived by his wife Lizz (Ehly) Gilmore; his sister Patricia Burke Gilmore of No. Haven; and his nephew Gary Burke of Colorado. Henry retired from the Town of Hamden Department of Public Works in 2017. He was a man that was always doing something. For most of his life he resided in Hamden. He repaired, transported, bought and sold cars after his retirement. He was a member of the Conn. Classic Chevy Club and was an avid Nascar fan. Happy could always be counted on to be Santa Clause in his Hamden community for many organizations during the holiday season.
Friends may visit with his family on Saturday, May 7th from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. His Prayer Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.


Visitation: May 7, 2022 9:30 - 11:00 am

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


Prayer Service: May 7, 2022 11:00 am

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


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  1. My sincere condolences to Lizz, Patty and Gary. One of the kindest man that I’ve ever known. We all grew up together and went to school in Hamden. My son, became friends with Henry. Henry loved dressing up as Santa and he was a jolly Santa. Each year, he’d go visit my son and granddaughter at Christmas time. Of course, he came as Santa. He will be missed by so many. Everyone knew him and was always praised as a great guy. During this difficult and sad time, I hope you find some comfort knowing that Henry was loved and well regarded by many. My deepest sympathy.
    Michelle DeFeo Taruska

  2. Henry was one of a kind, a kindhearted person who can’t be replaced. He was always there for everyone. He was his own person, didn’t care what people thought of him. Not that it mattered, everyone who knew him, loved him. The town of Hamden has lost a great person. Henry, I love you.

  3. I’m so so Sorry for the loss if Henry. My heart and prayers go out to his family and friends….Henry was one of a kind for sure…Always someone you can count on….You will be missed for sure my friend.. Now your on your next journey.. Till we meet again my friend… Rest in peace Henry.. 🙏 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  4. My sincerest condolences to Lizz and the Gillmore family for your loss. I will always remember Henry ‘s many visits to my office with his pets…and the many pleasurable conversations we had. Henry was the type of person that when you met him for the first time it felt as you knew him for ever. May he rest in peace.

  5. Henry’s zest for life and doing what he loves will be remembered fondly. His stories always made us laugh! He will be greatly missed.

  6. My condolences to the Gilmore family. Although I haven’t lived in Hamden for a number of years, the Gilmores were only three houses away and my brothers, sister and I grew up with he and sister Patty as friends. RIP Henry.

  7. To Henry’s Family:

    We are so sad to hear this news. With Our Deepest Sympathy 0n your loss of such a great guy. I will remember all the good times.

    Ernie Leonardo and Family

  8. My sincere condolences to Pat and entire Gilmore family.
    So many fond memories Pat of you & your lovely mother and father over the years, (many years ago) taking care of your eyeglass needs.
    Charles Guthrie

  9. My sincere condolences to Liz, Patty and Gary. I’ve known Henry since I was 12 years old, he was a great older and protective brother to Patty and a wonderful husband to Liz. I am so sorry to know that he is gone, kind hearted people are irreplaceable. Prayers and Love to Liz and Patty.

  10. RIP my friend, great times back in the day . Chevy’s, Racing , many fun times
    Joe Aritta

  11. My sincere condolences to the Gilmore family. I met Henry nearly 50 years ago when walking the beat in Highwood. I was a rookie police officer and Henry would like to talk to me and I to him. Over the years I saw him and would enjoy talking to him. I haven’t seen him in years since I retired. He was a fine person. May he Rest In Peace.

  12. Liz, Henry trained me back in the day at Perrottis- my name is Frank Gargiulo.so very sorry to hear of his passing – he was a great guy and I will forever remember him- condolences to you and your family

  13. To the whole Gilmore family, I am so sorry for your loss. I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Henrys passing. He was one of a kind. He had a big, loving heart. I’ve known him for years. We grew up together and worked together many years ago at Stone. We talked often after he went to work for the Town. He truly loved everyone and would always be there if you needed him. We lost touch after he married, but he lived right around the corner. He would pass my house on his way home, honk and waved. I will truly miss him as will anyone that knew him.

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