Gilbert P. Branson

Gilbert Branson-Rochester Cremation

 Gilbert P. Branson

Rochester, NY – April 26, 2024 at age 92. Gil is predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Virginia C. Branson (nee Zamorek). He was a devoted father to Desiree’ (Rudolph) Branson; cherished son of the late Levi and Mary Elizabeth Branson; brother of the late Jayne, Polly, Mary, Ruth and Joe Branson.

Gil was born in Buffalo, NY. He attended Lafayette High School and was an active member of the Westside Rowing Club. He also went to Muskingum University in Ohio where he played football. In 1952 he enlisted and became a proud Veteran of the United States 5th Airforce, 1 st Comm. Squad; Korean War. He played guard (#40) with the Southern Conference Air Force Japan Champions, Nagoya “Comets”. He shared these and other memories with friends in years to come at the reunion events across the country. Upon return home from the military he worked for Bell Aircraft Corporation and later retired as a manufacturing engineer manager from LTV Corp., Sierra Research Division, Buffalo, NY. In 1957 Gil met the love of his life, Virginia, one night at Duff’s in Buffalo and nothing would be the same – marrying on September 27, 1958. They had a beautiful, devoted life together and shared many joyful moments with their daughter on family trips or just sharing a sunset on Buffalo’s waterfront. Gil enjoyed bowling, golfing, watching the Buffalo Bills, playing cards with friends and having a fun evening at the casino. Gil was an active member of the Leonard Post 6251 VFW and attended many functions at the Town of Cheektowaga Senior Center.

A memorial service and mass will be held for Gilbert and Virginia at the St. John Fisher University, Hermance Family Chapel in Rochester, NY on Monday, June 10, 2024 at 10:00 am – family and friends invited.

Please visit the guest book online for Gilbert at and for Virginia at  to share your memories and leave condolences for the family.



5 Condolences

  1. Darla on May 8, 2024 at 9:18 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Both of your parents meant a lot to me. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Doug on May 8, 2024 at 3:39 pm

    God bless Gill God bless the wonderful times that we had here thank you for sharing your mother and father with me it’s nice to feel at home in a place that’s not your home with other people you have a wonderful family bless you and Rudy and as always and Papa take care

  3. Linda Forbes on May 9, 2024 at 5:04 pm

    May all your fond memories warm your hearts with his love.

  4. Diane Dunn on May 23, 2024 at 10:07 am

    Desiree, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I remember him as a kind, gentle man who adored his family. Wishing you peace and comfort.

  5. Diane Dunn on May 23, 2024 at 10:16 am

    Desiree, I am so sorry to read of your Dad’s passing. I remember him as a kind, gentle man who adored his family. Wishing you peace and comfort.

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