The Reverend David Gilmartin died unexpectedly on March 11, 2012 in Eugene, OR. He was 71 years old.
Gilmartin was born and raised in Boston, MA. He was the son of Aron
Seymour and Helen Lasker Gilmartin. His father, Aron, was also a
Unitarian Universalist minister.
Rev. Gilmartin attended
Harvard University and earned his B.A. in 1969. He then went on to earn
his M. Div. from Starr King School for Religious Leadership in 1971.
As a community minister and social worker,
Rev. Gilmartin spent a significant portion of his life tirelessly
advocating for accessibility. He worked for organizations such as the
Center for Independent Living in Berkeley, CA; the Center for
Independence of the Disabled in Belmont, CA; the Ministry of
Accessibility in Walnut Creek, CA; Ferry Beach UU Camp and Conference
Center in Saco, ME; the New Horizons Independent Living Center in
Prescott Valley, AZ; and the Resources for Independent Living in
Sacramento, CA; among others.
His colleague, Alicia
Forsey, described him as kind, gentle, and intelligent, and added that
he had a memory "like a steel trap.”
Rev. Gilmartin was predeceased by his sister, Alice Gilmartin. He is
survived by his brother Peter Gilmartin. Notes of condolence may be sent
to Peter Gilmartin, 110 Highland St., Milton, MA 02186.