Gilbert DeGroote

September 3, 1929February 13, 2021

Gilbert DeGroote, age 91, passed away peacefully on February 13, 2021, in his home surrounded by his loving family.

Having lived much of his life in Philadelphia, he spent the last 22 years living in Souderton, Pennsylvania. Gilbert DeGroote was born on September 3, 1929, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to parents, Gilbert and Marie (nee Scherpereel). Gil went on to establish a career as a senior electronic technician, working for Heintz Division/Kelsey-Hayes for over 35 years. In addition, he served in the Army Infantry during the Korean War.

Gil enjoyed woodworking, going on trips and cruises with his family, and rooting for the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles. In his younger years, he appreciated motorcycle riding, and camping and fishing trips with his sons. He also enjoyed time spent with his large family as the undeniable patriarch.

Gil was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Irene Gardiner (Jack), Doris Daniele (Tony), Dolores Quinn (Tom), and Al. He was also proceeded by the untimely deaths of his daughter, Edie, and son, John, as well as his beloved dog, Buddy.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 69 years, Catharine (Katie), two sisters in-law, Marion, and EJ Richmond and his children, Bill (Yudith), Lorrie, Kathy, Mary Gimbel (Keith), Jeannie and Carolyn Mattingly (Dave), and daughter in-law, Holly. He will also be dearly missed by his 31 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

Services will be determined at a later date.


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Betsy Coyle

February 18, 2021

love and prayers for all the
De Groote family, I know jeanne and I agitated Mr. De Groote on many days...always wanting to use the driveway for the mat and climbing his tree. 💖

Mary Duffy

February 17, 2021

So sorry to hear this news
I have such fond memories of Mr. DeGroote- may he rest in peace.
Hugs & prayers to the DeGrootes and their extended families.
Mary & Marietta Duffy

John Radomicki

February 16, 2021

Uncle Gil, I remember running through your home, I remember being told to “get out of your chair”, I remember your beer at dinner, I remember your stern voice telling me to go outside, I remember your kids, my cousins and how I loved playing with them, I remember you, a husband, a father, and someone I will always look up to. May you Rest In Peace.

Jim Radomicki

February 16, 2021

Loved Uncle Gil... As a young boy, he was the kind of Man and Father I wanted to become... He was a tremendous influence and I am very grateful that he was in my life. Love and Prayers to Aunt Kate and all the cousins!!

Laura DeGroote

February 16, 2021

You are truly loved by everyone you've met and you will forever hold a special place in all of our hearts. I will miss seeing your half smerk smile that I could undoubtedly count on seeing every time I walked into the living room as you sat in your recliner. I will never forget our trip to the Phillies game.. I remember thinking how cool it was that you accepted the invite and the smile on your face during the game. It was so nice to have you and Grandmom there! I will miss the way that you lovingly made Grandmom the brunt of most of your jokes and the way all of our children would effortlessly migrate to you... Well because you're POP. I will miss you. Pick a cloud flower for Grandmom. Rest easy. Love you Pop. Xoxo