Gilbert (Gil) Laware passed away peacefully in St. Joseph Regional Med Center surrounded by his family. He was born to Irene and Errick Laware on June 18, 1942, in Waterford (Troy), N.Y.
Gil graduated from LaSalle Institute in 1960, Siena College (Loudonville, NY) in 1964, and obtained his master’s degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck, NJ) in 1968 and Iona College (New Rochelle, NY) in 1974.
On June 28, 1969, he married Jeannine (St. Pierre) Laware (now deceased) at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Cohoes, N.Y. They lived in Westchester County for several years and then moved to Trumbull, CT where their son Christopher and daughter Jennifer were born.
Gil enjoyed learning, teaching, and working for the IBM Corporation for 30 years. IBM was the data processing’s industry leader giving him opportunities to experience a variety of jobs. He held positions in sales administration, programming, project management, executive strategic management, data architecture, management, and manufacturing consulting. As an adjunct professor, he taught at Iona College’s Master’s program in the Hagan School of Business for more than 10 years.
He moved to the South Bend area when he joined the Whirlpool Corporation as the manager of Databases and Data Warehousing. Leaving Whirlpool several years later, he joined Fujitsu Consulting working on a variety of corporate projects. He left consulting to become an Associate Professor at Purdue University teaching courses in business systems technology on the South Bend campus. He also taught courses overseas in Dubai, UAE in Business Architecture and Strategy, Information Technology Strategy, and IT - Business management strategic alignment. He started multiple consulting companies, the latest being Information By Design, LLC. As an innovator, he helped develop Wizsm – an integrated management software platform.
He enjoyed coaching and playing hockey into his late 70’s. Every week in winter, he drove his grandsons Matthew and Drew to their Irish Youth Hockey League (IYHL) practices and games. He enjoyed those rides to the rink, talking about hockey and everything else the boys were into. He also loved hearing stories from his granddaughter Emily about her horse-riding adventures.
His daughter Jennifer, son Christopher, daughter-in-law Rachelle, the grandkids (Emily, Matthew, and Drew) and his sister, Renette (Charles) Vincelette from Warminster, PA are the immediate family members.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church at 1:30pm Friday, March 3, 2023. Cremation will follow with burial of his cremated remains in St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park. Viewing will be held 2 hours prior to services in the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Hospice Care or the American Cancer Society. Zahoran Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. To leave an online condolence, visit www.Zahoran Funeral Home or the Zahoran Funeral Home Facebook page.
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