John Gunning Gilchrist

John Gunning Gilchrist, 51 of Redding, CT, father of five, died at Danbury Hospital on Thursday evening, December 2, 2010 as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Redding.

John was born in Mt. Vernon, NY, April 7, 1959, son of John D. and Ann (McGovern) Gilchrist of Ridgefield.  A resident of Ridgefield since 1967, John graduated from Ridgefield High School in the Class of 1977 and from the University of Connecticut in 1981 with a major in Journalism.

While at Ridgefield High School, he excelled in sports and lettered in both football and baseball. 

As a family man, John coached and sponsored numerous youth baseball, softball and basketball teams for the Redding Boys and Girls Club.

John was a Certified Financial Planner and owner of Gilchrist Financial Strategies, LLC.  During his career he was co-host of Money Strategies Tuesday on WICC and was a past President of NAIFA.

John was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Redding where he was active in the life of the parish.  He served as President of the Parish Finance Council and was instrumental in the building of the new church. 

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his children, Jessica Ann Gilchrist of Berkley, CA;  Ryan Daniel Gilchrist of New York, NY; his wife, Lauren (Costa) Gilchrist and their three children, Brynn, Nicholas and Scott Gilchrist of Redding; two sisters, Betty Ann Meny and her husband Robert and their son Paxton of Redding and Linda Jean Andrews and her husband, Michael and their children Patrick, Caitlin and Brendan of Ridgefield and six neighboring nieces and nephews of Wilton and New Canaan.

The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield on Tuesday from 4PM to 8PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 10:15 at St. Mary’s Church, Ridgefield with the Rev. Russell Augustine, parochial vicar officiating.

Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ridgefield.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory and honor may be made to:

“St. Patrick’s R.C. Church Building Fund”, Redding, Ct, 06896  or to

“The Graybeards”, a civic group in the Town of Redding. 

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