Gilbert E. Broberg

February 20, 1945June 23, 2020

Yarmouth, ME- Gilbert (Gil) Broberg, of Yarmouth, died at home on June 23, 2020, due to metastatic melanoma. He was born in Rochester N.Y., a son of Anna and Gilbert Broberg and graduated from Canandaigua Academy and the University of Maine with a B.S. in business and economics. He also attended Cornell University and, as his family likes to say, he managed very successfully to “party” his way out. Gil served 7 years in the Air Force. He married Laurie Jane Winchenbach in 1967 and they have one son, Stephen Broberg. Gil was a real family man and cared for his family with love, kindness and a generous heart.

Gil was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in his early thirties, by the age of 40 he used a wheelchair for mobility and he then became an outspoken advocate for others who lived with a disability. He served on the boards of the Maine Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Alpha One, Disability Rights Maine (DRM) and Maine Association of Handicapped Persons. Gil was also a member of the Governor’s Committees for Supported Employment and Employment of People with Disabilities. More recently he served on the Yarmouth Aging in Place Advisory Committee. He also received many awards for his advocacy work including a “6 Who Care” award and a President’s Award at Unum.

Gil was employed for 25 years as a senior underwriter at Unum where his last work assignment was to design and implement strategies to expand employment of people with disabilities. While at Unum, Gil oversaw the creation of the “Day in the Life”, that was a three day event to increase awareness and knowledge of disability issues. He also developed and acted as primary presenter of Disability Etiquette training sessions at Unum. Gil was previously a member of the Lisbon Falls School Board and Yarmouth’s Planning Board.

Gil lived an active life in spite of being in a wheelchair for a great part of his adult life. He enjoyed New England Sports, coaching Little League when his son played; attending classes at Osher Institute’s Lifelong Learning in Maine and Master the Possibilities in Florida, spending winters in Florida where he made many friends, growing herbs in his raised garden beds, going around town in his electric scooter, a good meal and a glass of single malt scotch. His son, Stephen, always said that no moss grew under his “wheels.” He was a generous man with his time and was always available to people, at any time of the day or night, struggling with a disability.

He was very loved and supported by his family and friends and he will be missed, but remembered with deep love and fondness. The executive director of DRM wrote in a recent letter to Gil: “You will be leaving more of yourself with us than you will be taking with you, because you have been an enormous power for change.” His granddaughter, Caroline, wrote: “You never let the tough times ruin your life, rather embraced them and learned to adapt. When I think of the strongest person I know, I immediately think of you.”

Gil is survived by his wife Laurie, his son Stephen and his wife Brenda Wolfe-Broberg, his stepdaughter Margie, his granddaughter Caroline, his sisters Jean Broberg and Lucille Broberg, his son-in-law Dr. Kevin Finley, his brother-in-law Fred Winchenbach and his wife Doris, numerous nephews and nieces and a special nephew Erik Winchenbach, who was like a son to Gil and Laurie.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers that helped Gil on his long journey but a special thank you goes to Mary Weir who helped Gil and his family for the past 4 years during the hardest part of his journey. Thank you Mary for helping us care for this amazing and much loved man during his last days.

Services will be held at a later date.

Please visit to sign Gil’s online guest book.


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Kim Moody

July 20, 2020

Laurie and Stephen;

Thank you both for sharing Gil with all of us. I miss him terribly. He was my dearest friend; more like a brother. How we laughed at how angry we could get together, at injustice. He forever changed so many lives, including mine and he will be with me always. I promise to continue his fight for equality, inclusion and employment!

And thank you, Laurie, for always being front and center at our dinner. I'm including a picture I cherish.

Kim Moody

Leigh Kirchner

June 28, 2020

To all of Gil’s family,
I only got to know Gil for a couple of years as he supported the work of Yarmouth Aging in Place project. In that short time Gil taught me more about accessibility issues than I had learned in a lifetime. He was gracious and tenacious. He will be sorely missed. Rest easy and know that you’ve left an awesome legacy.

Rod Frye

June 27, 2020

My thoughts and prayers for Laurie, Steve and extended family, Gil was a awesome and generous, caring, friend. Loved being your neighbor for so many years. Rest in peace Gil and go with Gods speed. Love you my friend. See you again some day.

Rod Frye

Shelby Turcotte

June 26, 2020

Laurie and family - My sincerest condolences to you and your family during this time. All my best, Shelby.

Elise Scala

June 26, 2020

I wish to express condolences to the Broberg family, and join Gil's many colleagues in saying how much I learned about disability advocacy because I had the chance to work with Gil. He provided guidance with friendship and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend time with Gil. This was time he gave me. I learned from his work and ways, and his passing reminds me that I could be doing more. Thank you Gil, forever.

Bob Wooten

June 25, 2020

I knew Gil at UNUM and considered him a friend, not just an 'associate', we continued our friendship after retirement and he co-opted me onto the board of directors for the retirees' organization (VALUR). He got me more involved in volunteerism. I thank him for teaching me that! We used to have occasional 'political discussion' lunches and share views and issues and would catch up on retiree gossip tales. Gil was a gentleman, and he will be truly missed. He gave of himself in so many ways and really made a difference in the world around him.

Connie Adams

June 25, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Gil’s passing. Not just a customer for the past 20 plus years but more as a friend. Will miss lunches shared. Love and hugs to Laurie and family. I feel like I knew you all.

Pennie McVicker

June 25, 2020

My condolences to Gil's family. I worked with Gill for many years, and he will be missed.

Caryl Gilman

June 25, 2020

Gil was an inspiration to me. He was a person who lived his life and served others, no matter what he was dealing with (healthwise). He taught so many of us at Unum what it was like to live with a disability. But more, he taught me that speaking up and educating was a way to get conversations going and help increase understanding. Thank you Gil

Jan Cooper

June 25, 2020

What a friend, what a strong, inspiring, beloved guy. Gil could and did move mountains and, in the process, moved many of us to do the next right thing to make this world a better place. So many of us share your family's deep sense of loss, Laurie.