Gillmor mourned

More than a decade ago, U.S. Rep. Paul E. Gillmor and his wife, Karen, attended a Christmas party at the Norwalk VFW. It appeared Karen had gained some weight, but neither she nor her husband announced the reason she was pregnant with twins. The fact the congressman didn't say anything was testament to his selflessness, Huron County Republican Party Chairman David Kniffin said.
Aaron Krause
Jul 25, 2010

 

More than a decade ago, U.S. Rep. Paul E. Gillmor and his wife, Karen, attended a Christmas party at the Norwalk VFW. It appeared Karen had gained some weight, but neither she nor her husband announced the reason she was pregnant with twins.

The fact the congressman didn't say anything was testament to his selflessness, Huron County Republican Party Chairman David Kniffin said.

"He just wasn't about himself; he was about making sure the people in his district were foremost in his mind," a subdued Kniffin said in the wake of Gillmor's death Wednesday. The Republican congressman, who represented all of Huron County and other counties, was found dead in his apartment by an aide.

Gillmor was in Norwalk on Thursday to attend the Century Club Breakfast, a fundraiser of the Huron County Republican Party.

Kniffin said Gillmor's last remarks at the event came in response to a comment from him. The exchange went like this:

Kniffin: "Paul, we promised we'd get you out of here by 8:45 and we're going to honor that promise."

Gillmor: "Dave, you're a great American."

Kniffin had high praise for Gillmor Wednesday. He said of all the politicians he has known, Gillmor was his favorite.

Apparently, he was a favorite among other Huron County Republicans as well; Kniffin said Gillmor attended the Century Club Breakfast four or five times, and each time the event drew its biggest crowds. Kniffin, who knew Gillmor throughout his 19 years in Congress, added Gillmor wasn't only admired by fellow Republicans.

"He was respected by Democrats and Republicans alike; I think everyone liked him," Kniffin said. "He always spoke his mind, but he was also very fair in the way he treated everyone."

U.S. Rep. and presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) praised Gillmor in a statement released by his office Wednesday.

"This is a sad day," he said. "Paul Gillmor served the state of Ohio in a professional and dignified manner for nearly four decades. He was a true and decent public servant.

"His presence will be greatly missed on Capitol Hill."

Gillmor was sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives' fifth district in January 1989. The district includes all of Crawford, Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Huron, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams and Wood counties, as well as parts of Ashland, Lucas, Mercer and Wyandot counties.

Gillmor recently served on the House Committee on Financial Services, which is responsible for banking issues, insurance, international monetary policy, capital markets and investment, government sponsored enterprises and public and private housing.

On the Financial Services Committee, Gillmor was the ranking member of the subcommittee on financial institutions and consumer credit, which has jurisdiction over banks, thrifts and credit unions while providing oversight over financial regulators.

Gillmor was also assigned to the subcommittee on capital markets, insurance and government sponsored enterprises and the subcommittee on housing and community opportunity.

In 2006, Gillmor was unanimously elected by representatives of the 26 NATO countries to serve as vice president of the NATO parliamentary assembly. He served as a deputy minority whip for the current Congress and was in his eighth term as a member of the Republican whip team.

Gillmor, a U.S. Air Force veteran, also served in the U.S. Senate for 22 years and as president of the Senate for three General Assemblies. He received numerous awards for his accomplishments.

Kniffin said Gillmor's real forte was quietly working to help constituents. If he did not know the answer to a question or couldn't solve a problem, he found someone who could, Kniffin added.

"He's going to be an awfully hard guy to replace," Kniffin said.

Comments

smalltowner (An...

Mr. Gillmor will be sorely missed by many and my prayers and thoughts are with all the Gillmor Family at this time of great sorrow. I will keep you all in my prayers. Just know that Skip is in a better place and is even now reunited with his father again.

Tim D. (Anonymous)

It never fails to amaze me that a bag of wind in our society gets more attention than people of true substance.

Dr. Kovesdi (An...

9/7/07 Mr Gillmor was truly a gentleman as well as an accomplished and respected politician, praised by his peers on both sides of the aisle. It is too bad that the editor of this paper chooses to post, on the front page, a picture of Mr Gillmor carried out of his apartment in a body bag!!! jkovesdi@neo.rr.com

cin_lou (Anonymous)

Thank you Dr. Kovesdi I too thought it was in very bad taste to use that photo with all the others that I am sure were available to them for use. I grew up in the same town as Mr. Gillmor "Skip" and can tell you that even as a young man he was very generous and kind to everyone that he came in contact with. SO MR. TIM D. YOU really should not speak ill of the dead. Paul was a very good man and will be missed by many many people. I am sure that the town of Old Fort is all in mourning, we were always a very close community and everyone knew everyone and when one is lost it is felt by the whole town. God Bless you Skip and I will keep your Family in my prayers.