Gilbert R. McDowell


Gilbert R. McDowell

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Gilbert R. McDowell

Gilbert (“Mr. Gill”) R. McDowell, 77, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Friday, March 20, 2020.

He was born December 30, 1942 in Salt Lake City, Utah to the late Gilbert V. and Virginia (née Richmond) McDowell. Gill graduated from Ogden High School in Ogden, Utah. He attended the University of Utah; however, his education was interrupted by his military service in the U.S. Army. 

He met his future wife, Arlyse Sherman McDowell in November 1967, in Toledo, Ohio. As Gill liked to say, “it was an instant collision.” They married June 9, 1968. After their marriage, Arlyse and Gill moved to Philadelphia, where she taught school while he finished his education in motion picture and TV production at Temple University.

In 1975, they moved to New York City to begin a wonderful 30-year journey of fun and fulfillment in the motion picture industry. He was a lighting director and one of the founding partners and president of Liberty Lighting Ltd. He was also one of the founding partners in Softube Company, which produced the first dimmable fluorescent light fixture for film and TV production.

They retired in 2003 to Fernandina Beach. Since 2006, Gill had been part of the growth and development of NassauTRANSIT, first as a driver and then becoming chief of operations and lead driver for the east side of Nassau County. The operations center for NassauTRANSIT has been named the Gilbert R. McDowell Operations Center in his honor. That's where his heart was until he had to stop working last December.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Adams.

He is survived by his wife, Arlyse; his brother, Charles (Deborah); his sisters, Margaret Davis, Annette Stacey, and Elaine (Doug) Spencer, all of the Salt Lake area, and Martha (Bob) Sandone of the Philadelphia, Pa. area; and his beloved sisters-in-law, Jori (Jim) Manske, Wendy Jean and Karen


Memorials may be made in Gill’s name to the Nassau County Council on Aging and Community


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