That's Gilbert on the right, sitting in his wheel chair in 2008
(photo credit: Sam Casalino)
Late last night, I got word from my friend Barbara that Gilbert, the small, good natured wheel chair-bound man who sat next to the F train Station at 2nd Place every morning had passed away from a heart attack. This morning, I received an email from reader Kassie inquiring about him:
"I noticed today a bouquet of sunflowers and a piece of paper that said RIP Gilbert with a picture of the man that has been a fixture at the Carroll Street subway stop for at least as long as I have lived in Brooklyn. How sad. Do you know anything about him?" -Kassie
Indeed! Gilbert has been at the F Train station for most of the 25 years I have lived in the neighborhood. Before construction of the 360 Smith Street building started, Gilbert was stationed at the subway plaza across the street. He always asked for money, but was never pushy about it and if you took the time to chat with him, he would delight you with his little stories.
Does anyone have further information?