It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Gil Cusick, former Hicksville Water District Commissioner. He served the District for 28 years from 1975 to 2003.
Gilbert (Gil) Cusick passed away in the early morning of February 3, 2023, at the age of 90. He was born in Manhattan and raised by his adoptive parents, Fred and Marion Cusick, in Hempstead, NY. Gil first met his future wife Marilyn Simpson Cusick at Jones Beach and through their mutual interest in artistic roller skating, in which they had great success skating as a pair, including winning a NY State championship in dance. Gil and Marilyn were married in 1953 and settled in Hicksville.
Gil was a life member of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers union Local 580, a trade which gave him the opportunity to help build some of New York City’s most iconic structures. Gil joined the Hicksville Fire Department in 1967 and served as Captain of Hook & Ladder Company 6. For many years, Gil was instrumental in the planning and execution of the Fire Department’s annual Labor Day tournament. In 2012, he was honored with the designation of Honorary Chief in recognition of his service to the HFD. In 1975, he was elected to the position of Commissioner of the Hicksville Water District, a position he would hold for 28 years. Gil and Marilyn were long-time devoted members of the Hicksville United Methodist Church.
Gil was predeceased by his siblings Fred Cusick and Betty Cusick Mayo. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years Marilyn, his daughter Susan Cusick-Carpenter and son-in-law Jeff Carpenter, his grandson Matthew Carpenter and great-granddaughters Isabella and Charlotte, and grandson Evan Carpenter and his wife Alyssa. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews.
Friends may visit Monday, February 6, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Tuesday, February 7, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, 47 Jerusalem Avenue, Hicksville 11801. A funeral service will be held at Hicksville United Methodist Church, 130 W. Old Country Road, Hicksville 11801, at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, with burial at Plain Lawn Cemetery in Hicksville immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gilbert’s memory may be made to the Hicksville United Methodist Church.