Resident, Korean War veteran, insurance professional
Sumner L. Gilfix of Harvard died May 30, 2020. He was the son of the late Aida and Louis Gilfix, and brother to the late Edward Gilfix. He leaves his wife Janet Cartier Gilfix and his five stepchildren.
Born December 11, 1930, Sumner grew up in Dorchester and attended Roxbury Memorial High School, where he was co-captain of the hockey team. He was a graduate of Boston University.
Sumner was a Korean War veteran, serving in the U. S. Army. Stationed in Osaka, Japan, he was the editor of The Torch, the Osaka Army Hospital newspaper. He also wrote articles for an English-language newspaper called The Manichi, and established a program at the American Cultural Center in Osaka where university students could meet American servicemen.
Sumner was associated with the Robert B. Pitcher and Vincent C. Bowers insurance agencies of John Hancock, as well as other companies over a 35-year career.
Private graveside services will be held at Bellevue Cemetery in Harvard. In lieu of flowers, donations to Buddy Dog Humane Society of Sudbury would be appreciated