Milton Linwood Gamsey

by | Aug 31, 2023 | Obituaries

NOFOLK – Milton Linwood Gamsey passed away peacefully in his home on August 11, at the age of 100.

He was the son of Morton and Reba Levy Gamsey.

He was a proud World War II veteran who was predeceased by his loving wife of 71 years, Rosalind Laibstain Gamsey.

Linwood is survived by his children, Dr. Alan Gamsey (Helen), Rita Burnat, David Gamsey (Carrie), grandchildren Mark Gamsey, Jeffrey Gamsey (Elise Min), Lawson Burnat (Laura), Kyle Burnat of blessed memory, Robyn Gamsey, Brian Gamsey (Katie) and great grandchildren Ethan and Mina Gamsey, Kyla and Weston Burnat, Declan Claunch, and Isaac Gamsey. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Helen Laibstain (Harry of blessed memory), Carol Laibstain (Leonard of blessed memory), cousins Alvin (Brita) Levy, Armand (Brenda) Levy, Jerry (Cookie) Levy, and Donna (Paul) Kelman, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Linwood was born and raised in Norfolk, graduated from Maury High School in 1941, and enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in 1942 at age 19, where he served honorably – for three years, three months, and three days, as he often said. His brother, the late Lt. Arnold Gamsey, also served and was killed in the last few weeks of the war at age 25.

As a young man, Linwood was active in the Boy Scouts. He became a Life Scout and served as Scout Master of Troop 29, mentoring many in the area. Linwood joined the family business, A. Levy & Sons, at age 11, until his retirement at age 72. Linwood and Rosalind attended services regularly at Beth El Synagogue. He was also a member of the Arnold Gamsey lodge of B’nai Brith and was a lifelong Mason at Norfolk #1 Lodge.

Linwood was an avid photographer whose photos preserved the family history. He was well known at the JCC on Newport Ave., where he swam and exercised for decades. He continued to work out at the Norfolk Fitness center until it shut down for COVID.

Known as “Rock” within family circles, he believed in always being prepared, had a great attitude, and a good sense of humor. He was a strong and loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

A funeral service was held at H.D. Oliver with burial at B’nai Israel Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Beth El, Jewish Family Service or a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be shared with the family at