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He was special.

Loved by his family and friends.

Adored by his siblings and cousins.

By all accounts, Gilmore Nicholas Taiber was an exceptional person, young, brave, wise beyond his years, and yes, full of promise and eager to live life.

He was just 17, with the vistas of endless opportunities before him.

He had the talent and the hard work ethic that allows potential to shine all meshed into his character.

When a tragic rollover accident on Leversee Road cut his life short on May 30, 2019, a day before the end of school, shock, disbelief and profound sorrow enveloped those who knew him and those who happened to learn of his untimely death because of the accident.

A young life nipped in the bud...

The Janesville Consolidated School District had cancelled several events from Thursday through Monday to mourn Gil’s loss.

As they grappled with grief, family and friends gathered on Monday afternoon at the Riviera Roose in Janesville to celebrate the life of a dear son, brother, cousin, nephew, grandson and friend.

Known to his family and friends as the Gentle Giant, for his heart and his height, Gil was extremely hardworking and dutiful.

He brought joy and pride to his family and friends and his curious mind and his kind spirit took him and them on many adventures.

In school, he applied himself to the fullest and excelled in all of his pursuits.

At the gym, he dedicated himself to finessing his basketball game, a true passion of his, which he and his family nurtured.

His talent on the court had put him on the radar of various collegiate coaches, who were impressed by his potential. He had played for teams in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), the national organization dedicated to the promotion of amateur sports and fitness, such as Tiger Pride, Team Iowa, and the Iowa Prep, where he blossomed.

He had played hoops at Holmes Junior High and Cedar Falls High School, where he recorded two rebounds in the most recent season, before he transferred to Janesville recently. He was planning on attending several basketball summer camps.

Outside of school and basketball, he enjoyed fishing with his buddies and his cousins, in local ponds and rivers and appreciated family trips, including several of deep-sea excursions. In his younger years, he took special pleasure in rollerblading with his buddies in Cedar Falls, and in snowboarding with his dad.

In addition to his academic and athletic excellence, Gil earned his own money, most recently at the Maid Rite in Cedar Falls, where his family enjoyed catching up with him while relishing loose-meat sandwiches.

Above all, Gil knew the value of family and friends.

He loved deeply and that love was just as deeply reciprocated.

He is the beloved son of Jon Taiber and Emily Allaire (Jason Gomes), and the loving brother of Egan and Allaire Taiber, and Jordan, Olivia, and Iris Gomes. He is the kind-spirited grandson of Pat Kelly, Tom and Sue Taiber, Doug and Ann Allaire, and Jean Gomes. He is the gentle-hearted nephew of many aunts and uncles and a treasured cousin. He had a special place in his heart for his special friend, Grace Hovenga, an athlete in her own right.

In death as in life, Gil will share generously.

Through the Iowa Donor Network, he will be gifting more than 200 recipients in need of heart valves, major arteries, skin, bones and other tissues.

A scholarship fund through the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa has been established in honor of Gil’s academic excellence and athletic drive.