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Bourke Wilmot

Well Known Attorney Bourke Wilmot Dies

   Bourke C. Wilmot, 87, well-known Gladwin attorney, died Tuesday, May 5, in the Gladwin Area Hospital following a long illness. Born in Fenton on December 8, 1893, he had spent most of his life in Gladwin County. Following graduation from Gladwin High School he attended the University of Michigan and received his law degree in 1915. He then entered law practice with his father Charles. He served in the U.S. Army in World War I, in France and attained the rank of sergeant.

   An avid sports fan and an athlete himself, he played baseball and was on the track team at Albion and was a shortstop on the U. of M. baseball team. A golfer and a bowler, he was a member of the first bowling league in Gladwin and was elected to the Gladwin-Beaverton Bowling Hall of Fame in 1978. In 1978, he donated $10,000 towards a new Gladwin High School baseball diamond, which was named "Wilmot Field." The same year he was named Gladwin County "Citizen of The Year."

   Mr. Wilmot served the public in many capacities through the years. He was mayor of Gladwin from 1923-24 and again in 1931-32 and was a councilman in 1943-44. He was prosecuting attorney and later Judge of Probate. He continued his law pratice until illness forced him to retire in early 1980.

   Never married, he is survived by one brother, Francis of Detroit and several nieces and nephews. Services were held Friday at 11 a.m. from the Hall Funeral Home, Gladwin Chapel. The Rev. Father Robert Henley officiated and burial was in the Highland Cemetery.

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Highland Cemetery, Gladwin, MI
Sgt. US Army WWI
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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January 2005
Tom Ladner
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