DEXTER – Douglas Ambrose Gilbert, 86, died Feb. 19, 2010, at a Dexter health care facility. He was born Feb. 23, 1923, in Dexter, a son of Reginald and Ellen (Ambrose) Gilbert. He graduated from N.H. Faye High School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After returning to Dexter, Doug worked at Crosby Funeral Home. He also helped with the ambulance service and at E. L. Crosby and Sons Western Auto store for 11 years. He retired as general manager of Dexter Shoe Co. after 30-plus years, retiring in 1986. Doug was a communicant of St. Annes Catholic Church, Dexter, and was active in a number of church offices and activities. He was a fourth degree knight at Cardinal Mercier Post Knights of Columbus. After retiring Doug remained active in town affairs and served as a member of the board of directors of HAD No. 4 – Mayo Hospital. Doug is survived by his wife of 63 years, Theresa (Genest) Gilbert of Dexter; a daughter, Linda Reardon of Orrington; sons-in-law, Everett Hibbard of Ripley and Bill Reardon of Orrington; five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter, Joanne Hibbard, and two brothers, Roger and Robert Gilbert. Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Crosby & Neal, 61 Main St., Dexter. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22, at St. Annes Catholic Church, Dexter, with the Rev. Mark Nolette officiating. Spring committal services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, May 21, at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Dexter. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to Dexter Health Care Patient Activity Fund, 64 Park St., Dexter, ME 04930. Those who wish may leave written tributes at