In Memoriam: The Rev. Dr. George H. Gilmour


George Harvey Gilmour was born April 27, 1932, in Tulsa, OK, and died May 8, 2017, in Santa Barbara, CA. He ran cross-country and track at the University of Oklahoma. At Princeton Theological Seminary, he trained for the ministry, and found the love of his life?Sarah Leavens. George and Sarah wed in Santa Paula in July 1957.

George was pastor at Winter Memorial Presbyterian (Casper, WY), Bethany Presbyterian (Muskogee, OK), Central Presbyterian (Fort Smith, AR) and Lake Burien Presbyterian (Burien, WA). He earned a Doctorate of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary. After retiring, he was interim pastor in Santa Fe, NM and Maui, Hawaii. In 2006, he and Sarah moved to Santa Barbara where they enjoyed being part of the Samarkand retirement community.

George was a passionate and engaged Presbyterian living out his Christian faith though action and example. He was a gifted leader and teacher. He developed strong youth groups. Through his mentoring and guidance, many of the youth continued their faith journeys and stayed in touch over the years.

The beauty and wonder of life never left him. George explored a new activity or experience each year, with many different adventures. He avidly watched sports, especially those his grandchildren played, and was their biggest fan, After he retired, he enjoyed lawn bowling in Seattle and Santa Barbara. He loved music, singing, and attending symphony concerts. He enjoyed serving as a docent at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

George prized his family and his friends very highly, and took joy in meeting new people. He and Sarah enjoyed trips to visit friends, and the sights were an added bonus!

His beloved wife, Sarah, predeceased him. He is survived by his sister, Helen Jane Van Cleve of Petaluma, CA, his brother and sister-in-law, Matthew and Sharon Gilmour, of Springfield, IL, his sister-in-law, Mary Leavens Schwabauer of Ventura, CA, his son, Andrew and wife Chris Cozadd, his daughter, Maureen Cook and her husband Jim Cook, and his grandchildren, his ?favorite? great granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.

George?s life will be celebrated on Thursday, July 20th at 1:30 at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Barbara. Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Foundation fund in the name of George and Sarah Gilmour that serves mission in South America and around the world, or a charity of your choice.