Eric William Gilbert, age 50 of Grand Rapids passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 22, 2021. Eric is survived by his wife of 24 years, Katie; children, Annie, Libby, Teddy; parents, Dr. James and Barbara Gilbert; mother-in-law, Carol Novak; sisters, Kate (Chris) Christian, Maggie Gilbert, Betsy (Eric) Ulbrich, Molly (Mike) Oldham; sisters-in-law, Julie (Joe) Humphries, Marybeth (Andy) Howard, Carrie Jilek; brothers-in-law, Dave (Meredith) Novak, John (Amy) Novak; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews; and beloved dogs, Lucy and Pepper. Eric graduated from Hackett High School in 1988 and then earned degrees at Michigan State University and Western Michigan University. He worked in medical device sales for over 25 years and most recently was Vice President of sales at Milestone Scientific. Beyond being his kids’ biggest fan in all things, he had a passion for coaching Catholic Central Lacrosse and his 2022 Kiddos. The family will meet with friends and relatives 2-4pm and 6-8pm, Thursday, March 25 at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11am Friday, March 26 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 1935 Plymouth Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 and may be viewed at https://youtu.be/8ud8kBWZaf8. Family will receive visitors from 10-11am. Rev. Troy Nevins, celebrant. Masks and social distancing will be required at both locations. Interment Dutton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to Catholic Central Women’s Lacrosse, 319 Sheldon Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.