Richard William Gillman began his journey into the spirit world on April 6, 2022, surrounded by his family.
Ric worked in the field of mental health, both in Seattle and the Chequamegon Bay Area. He served as the Recreation Director in Washburn, and as the Charter Master at the Madeline Island Yacht Club. At the time of his passing, he was employed by the Town of La Pointe as the Zoning Administrator.
Music and history were the loves of Ric’s life. He was a talented performer, delighting audiences with both his skills on the guitar and his captivating story-telling abilities. He especially cherished his collaborations with Big Top Chautauqua greats Don Pavel, Ed Willet and Bruce Bowers. Ric organized and promoted numerous fund-raising events, produced the Madeline Island Radio Hour, wrote songs and performed for productions of Positivity Children’s Theater as well as those of the La Pointe School, and was always willing to lend sound reinforcement for community celebrations. When he wasn’t strumming, he loved reading history books. A celebration of Ric’s life was held on May 20, at Hansen Park in New Brighton, MN.
He is survived by his wife, Sheri Milburn, siblings Jeff (Rena) Gillman, Beth Gillman (Denny Olsen), Karen Gillman, children Casey Parkinson (Nathan), Bent-ley Gillman (Monica Walch), and eight grandchildren.
Many performers will be honoring Ric this summer at the Bell Street Gallery In La Pointe, where he frequently performed. Visit their web-site, www.bellstgallery.com or their Facebook page for details.
On August 11, as part of the La Pointe Center concert series, Ric’s band, The CharterKats, will be performing.
The family is establishing the Ric Gillman Scholarship/History Fund in his honor. The purpose is to provide funds for the activities of area music students and support for the Madeline Island Historical Preservation Association.
Contributions may be sent to Bentley Gillman, 1595 7th St. NW, New Brighton, MN 55112.