Brian Allan Gilman

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Brian Allan

  • Visitation
    • Sunday, December 4th, from 3-5pm at Heritage Funeral Home – 16880 W. National Ave. New Berlin
  • Prayer Service
    • Sunday, December 4th, starting at 5pm at Heritage Funeral Home – 16880 W. National Ave. New Berlin
  • Mass of Christian Burial
    • Monday, December 5th, at 10am at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – 12700 W. Howard Ave. New Berlin


NEW BERLIN – Passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Monday, November 28, 2022 at the age of 60. Devoted husband to Laura (nee Ritchie). Amazing dad to Allan, Ashley Diedrich and Alex Diedrich. Caring Papa to Ayden. Loving brother to Laurie (Dave) Norris-King, Susan Richards, Greg Gilman and Tom (Julie) Cattoi. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents Don and Leona (Pat) McDermott. His brother Randy Gilman and sister Donna McDermott.

A visitation will be held Sunday, December 4th, from 3-5pm at Heritage Funeral Home – New Berlin, followed by a prayer service at 5. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, December 5th, at 10am at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (12700 W. Howard Ave. New Berlin). Interment will immediately follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery – Milwaukee.

Brian was a graduate of Waukesha South, class of 1980.  He served as a police officer in St. Croix USVI for 5 years. He then returned to the New Berlin area, finished his bachelor’s degree, and began his career at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company which he worked at for over 26 years, retiring in 2021.

Brian was a fun and devoted family man. He could often be found boating, fixing anything he could, biking, traveling, and cooking.  Brian took great joy and pride in being a Boy Scout leader and raising 2 Eagle Scouts and was a diehard Packer fan! One of Brian’s greatest joys was being a Papa.

Brian had many achievements in life a few of which included: completing 5 triathlons and being a medal winner in 3 of those 5, obtaining a CPCU designation, he was the president of the Milwaukee Chapter of the CPCU Society.

Brian will be remembered as caring, fun loving, hardworking and the man that was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone.


  1. Judy Anderson November 29, 2022 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear about Brian. He put up a good fight and lived life to the fullest. He will be missed. Laura and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Laura and Ken November 29, 2022 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Brian was such a caring and kind man. Even as a little boy, Brian was so sweet, funny. I know how much he will be missed by his loving family and friends. We know for sure that heaven has a new incredible and funny angel! Laura you and your family are in our prayers.

  3. Katie Tamas November 29, 2022 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    My deepest condolences Laura and family. He was one of the good ones and he will be immensely missed. RIP Gilman.

  4. Josh Hilgemann November 29, 2022 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Brian was so fun, the kind of person you just wanted to be around due to his positive attitude and energy. He also would give you the shirt off his back. He helped shape me in my early 20’s and I’ll be forever grateful to him for that.

    Laura and family, I know how much he’ll be missed but just remember all those good times, you know that’s how he’d want it.

  5. Evans November 30, 2022 at 5:29 am - Reply

    Brian was a great and kind man.
    He taught me on how we ought to live with others.May the Almighty God strengthen the family and his friends at this trying moments

  6. Naomi Joseph, Lt. November 30, 2022 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Brian was an awesome police officer, a gentleman and a pleasure to work with. We both served together as members of the Virgin Islands Police Department and I was heart broken when he had to leave. Rest in peace Brian. A prayer of comfort is offered to the family and loved ones.

  7. Ann-Marie Burns November 30, 2022 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Brian made our work life – FUN. The events where he took on the role of Chef Gilman and made omelet’s were the best. Always smiling and always including everyone. RIP Brian. Blessings for strength to the family as you go through this difficult time.

  8. David Lancaster November 30, 2022 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    I worked with Brian at Wausau and Liberty back in the day and sadly had not connected with him in recent years. I can fondly say that Brian is one of the most positive people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and befriending on this Earth. He inspired and influenced others and this world is a better place for having had him as part of it. We will miss him greatly. Thank you Brian.

  9. Julie Nemacheck November 30, 2022 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Brian could make your worst mood at work turn around instantly with his smile and always upbeat personality! I will miss him. He sure did make work fun!

    My thoughts and prayers to his family, his positive energy will forever be around you !

  10. Silvia Alvarez November 30, 2022 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Brian was such an amazing soul and I feel so privileged to have had the time to get to know I
    Him. I love hearing about his stories in St. Croix where he was a police officer and all his adventures on the island. He will be missed very dearly. May he Rest In Peace in the grace of God’s hands.

  11. Brenda Stover November 30, 2022 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    While I only knew Brian for about 2 years, he instantly became someone I cared about. Yes, he was always wiling to help me at work and never seemed to have a down day. He was absolutely an inspiration to those of us at Liberty who knew him. He made me smile and laugh…gifts that are rare these days. The earth has lost one of the good ones. Miss you already, Brian

  12. Mike Brahm November 30, 2022 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    Brian was the ultimate upbeat person,
    I met him in 2000 at Saz’s at State Fair.
    Year in and year out, it was a pleasure seeing him and his bro Greg. As cramped as quarters are in the kitchen at The High Life Pavilion, Brian always worked die-hard. Will miss you, Brian.
    Thanks for breakfast!

  13. Michael Magnarini November 30, 2022 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    I had the pleasure to work with Brian at LM. So sorry to hear about Brian as he was truly one of the good guys. He lived life how life was supposed to be lived. He was so proud of his family and grandson and would show pictures and share stories. Huge sports fan and always brought the ‘fun’… whether it was Chef Brian or Santa Brian. He will be missed!

  14. Glenn S. Awong, Capt. Ret. December 1, 2022 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Rest easy my fraternal brother, Police Recruit Class 87-2. You were a rock and anchor who helped many of us stay focused and balanced to successfully navigate the police academy. You were a good friend. Always positive, caring and the one to lighten spirits and loads. I salute you my friend!

  15. Dan Ludwig December 1, 2022 at 11:09 am - Reply

    I and many others at Liberty will always remember Brian for his omelet making skills and always trying to bring smiles to our faces. May he rest in peace

  16. Jill Sharp December 1, 2022 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    My sincere condolences to Brian’s family. I worked with Brian at Wausau Insurance & Liberty Mutual. He could put a smile on anyone’s face. His larger than life personality could brighten the darkest of days. I was blessed to have crossed paths with Brian. I pray God provides comfort and strength to Brian’s family. He is in good hands now.

  17. Wendy Knight December 1, 2022 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    I met Brian earlier this year and I thank God for Brian’s life. I and others watched Brian grow as a Christian as he studied scripture and gave his heart more and more to Jesus. He loved his family and others so deeply.

  18. Jodie Velez December 1, 2022 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Brian was our neighbor for a few years in Nee Berlin. We will always remember the many cookouts and volleyball games we had with our combined friends and family. I will always remember Brian with a smile, he was a great friend and was always happy and enjoying every single day. He will be missed by so many!

  19. Rob Ridnour December 2, 2022 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    What a special guy! I worked with Brian early in my Insurance career with Wausau & Liberty Mutual Insurance. I was fortunate to see him a few times over the years while attending various events with continued mutual close friends. He NEVER complained! Always engaged how I was doing and my family. He was extremely genuine, sincere and attentive. I admire how he fought this illness and handled adversity. Life is hard period. Yet he chose to live life fully with Love, compassion and best of all Grace. I’m blessed to have known him and although our time together specifically was not very often or long I appreciate having the opportunity to know him and say we were friends. My thoughts and prayers to his family and everyone he touched that no doubt will be hurting. Rest in Peace Brian and oh one more thing… CLAIM ON!!

  20. Cpl. Sherill Smith December 4, 2022 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    My deepest condolences. Brian was such a nice individual and gentleman. He was my brothet in blue at the VI police department. Rest easy my brother..

  21. Casandra Tatum December 7, 2022 at 2:04 am - Reply

    Brian impacted my life in a special way and I thank God for him. One thing for sure he had a pure heart and Love his family. Yea though he walked through the valley of the shadow of death; he feared not! He walked through to the other side. My prayer are continually for his family. He got his BREAKTHROUGH!

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