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Horseman Lloyd Gilmour, 71, dies

February 28, 2017

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Lloyd H. Gilmour, part of the famous Gilmour clan in harness racing, died suddenly Feb. 26. He was 71.
Lovingly known as "Fuzzy" by his many friends and family, his laugh and sense of humor will be something that they will all remember.

Born and raised in Ft. Erie, Ontario, the son of William and Margaret Gilmour, Mr. Gilmour followed in the family business of harness racing with his father and brothers. He drove and trained many stakes winners and had 2,616 career driving wins.

He started his racing career in Toronto with longtime friend Frank Conlin. In 1968, Mr. Gilmour moved to Buffalo Raceway with Ray Remmen, Bev Kingston and Duke Dranichak. From there he moved to Vernon Downs and on to the Meadowlands. In 1985 he moved to Rosecroft Raceway.

His driving career was cut short by a serious racing accident in 1989. After that he continued to train and own horses with partner John Wagner.

Mr. Gilmour's two passions in life were horse racing and hockey. He proudly followed his oldest son Dale's racing success nightly at Pompano. He other passion was following his son Bret's hockey journey from the time he put him on skates at 2 years old with the assistance of hockey great Dale Hunter. He always could be found at the end of the rink near Bret in the goalie's net from youth to junior to college hockey.

Mr. Gilmour is survived by his wife of 31 years, Jan; sons, Bret and Dale; granddaughter, MacKenzie; siblings, Phyllis Sider, Joanne Renshaw and Barbara Knapp; and multiple nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, William "Buddy," George and John "Guy"; and sisters, Helen Reinhardt and Norma Robinson.

The family will receive friends at Robert E. Evans Funeral Home, 16000 Annapolis Rd., Bowie, MD on Friday (March 3) at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to DeMatha Catholic High School Hockey, 431f3 Madison St, Hyattsville, MD 20781 or Canisius College, 2001 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14208.

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