James Gray Gilbert Jr.

August 8, 1942April 7, 2018

James G. Gilbert Jr., age 75, passed away on Saturday April 7th, 2018, after a long illness. He was born August 8th 1942 to Gnita F Johnston and James Gray G Gilbert Sr. in St Louis, Missouri. Jim Graduated from Rocky River High School in 1960 and went on to the University of Michigan where he graduated with a physics degree in 1964.

Jim Gilbert and Judy Burghdorf were married in October of 1964 and had a daughter Martha.

Jim was employed by IBM right out of college. Jim & Judy moved to Ft. Walden Beach Florida for his first assignment at Eglin Air Force Base. In 1969 IBM moved them to the Washington DC area where he continued to work with computers for the government and the New York Stock Exchange. They moved for the last time with IBM in 1976 to Austin, Texas. Jim was with IBM until 1983 when he left for a start up called N.A.I. and in 1984 he joined BMC Software. Jim was responsible for managing the first BMC Austin office and establishing worldwide offices in London, Milan, Paris and Frankfurt. Jim retired from BMC Software in December of 1989.

Jim and Candace Nance were married in March of 1990 and had a son Edward.

Jim and Candace spent many years volunteering in their community and in the schools that Edward attended. Jim founded the Spicewood Springs Elementary School computer club spending countless hours building computers and teaching students. They also gave time to their local library, and Edwards Boy Scout Troop.

Jim was preceded in Death by his parents, Brother Eddy, Wife Judy and Wife Candace. Jim is survived by his daughter & son in law Martha & Jay Johnson, son Edward Hastings Gilbert, brother & his wife Richard & Mary Gilbert, their children Rick & Jennifer and mother in law Ramona Nance.

Memorial services celebrating Jim’s life will be held Friday June 1st 2:00pm at Bethany United Methodist Church, 10010 Anderson Mill Rd. To share memories of Jim with his family please visit


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James Gray Gilbert Jr.

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Mary Ueberhorst Hartz

June 6, 2018

We met Jim and Judy shortly after Ted joined IBM. Much in common - U of Michigan grads, parents of a toddler, love of music, and computers and do it yourself projects.
Godparents of our daughter. We went to the beach together several times.
We used to love Jim's stories about U of M shenanigans.
We kept in touch after they moved to Austin.

Kay & Ernie Orr

June 2, 2018

Jim and Judy were great friends of ours while we all lived in Maryland and especially Florida at the same time. Ernie worked for IBM as well. Jim and Judy lived in a one bedroom apartment in Ft. Walton Beach with the bedroom on the second floor where Martha slept. They slept on the sleep sofa in the living room downstairs. One night during the Christmas season, the Christmas tree fell onto their bed. After that they tied it up to the curtain rod behind the tree. We spent many hours playing games together and having fun. Jim and Judy were God parents to our son Greg. We will miss him and always remember him fondly.