Death of Mrs. William Gilbert

1 January 1945 The Tumut and Adelong Times

At Blowering Camping Reserve.  

At about 4.45 a.m. on December 26 the death occurred at Brandy Mary's Flat at East Blowering of Mrs. Catherine Angela Gilbert, wife of Mr. William Gilbert of Young, at the age of 63 years. 

Deceased was well known in Tumut, especially to the older generation, for she will be remembered as Miss Copaz, who used to teach at the old Tumut Public School in Fitzroy-st many years ago.

She was a native of Wollongong. 

Her husband, Mr. W. Gilbert, is a native of Tumut, having started his career in the employ of the late Mr. Gabriel  Speich at his newsagency and emporium (now Tod's) in Tumut.

He is now a stationer and bookseller at Young.

Incidentally, Mr. Gilbert is a brother of Mr. Ray Gilbert, a former headmaster of the Tumut Intermediate High School. 

Mr. and Mrs. W. Gilbert, accompanied by two of their daughters, Mrs. Gardiner and Miss Mary Gilbert, and other friends, of Young, were camping at Brandy Mary's, where they had arrived on the Sunday.

On the night prior to her demise the late Mrs. Gilbert retired to bed with her daughter Mary, who is a nurse, and was apparently feeling well.

She had been ailing for some years and had been suffering from a weak heart.

She had been at- tended to regularly by Dr. T. J. Gardiner of Young (her son-in-law), whom she saw last on December 23, when he advised her to have a change away from Young.

When deceased told the doctor she was going to Blowering for a week's camping he said that the change would do her a lot of good.

About 4.45 a.m. on December 26 Miss Gilbert woke up, as it was very cold, and when putting some more blankets over her mother she noticed she was dead. 

The remains were conveyed part of the way back to Young by Mr. C. W. Burt, funeral director of Tumut, and was met by Mr. Patterson of Young, who conveyed the body to the Catholic Church at Young.

The following morning Requiem Mass took place and the remains were later interred in the Young Cemetery. 

The late Mrs. Gilbert took a prominent part in many public organisations at Young.

She was very musical and for some years had charge of the church choir at that town. 

Besides the sorrowing husband there are three daughters and one son (who is a prisoner of war in Japanese hands) surviving.