Gilbert Warriner Bliss, 64, news reporter, sports enthusiast and music collector, died at Lahey Hospital, Burlington, Mass., on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, a day short of his 65th birthday.

Gil was born in Waltham, Mass., the son of the late Annette (George) and Gilbert A. Bliss. He was the husband of Margaret A. Charig Bliss; and father of the late Samuel Warriner Charig Bliss. He is survived by two stepdaughters, Heather Lee Gauthier and her partner Clayton LaPalme of Tiverton, R.I., and Sarah Kissell and her partner Rob Sunski of Princeton, Texas. He is also survived by his sister, Cynthia Bliss and her husband David Tassinari of Middleborough, Mass.; and two brothers, Rev. Don Bliss and his wife Lori Bliss of East Freetown, Mass., and Mason Loring Bliss and his wife Jennifer Bliss of Peterborough, N.H.

Gil lived in various Massachusetts towns as a child, but he always called Middleborough his home base. He graduated from Middleborough High School in 1972 and graduated from Bridgewater State College, as a political science major. Early in life, he served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Environmental Management, Forests and Parks, like his father. During his college years, he worked as a police dispatcher for Middleborough, and as a disc jockey and sports broadcaster at the college radio station. He wrote for the college paper and served in the Massachusetts Senate as an aide to the late Edward P. "Ned" Kirby, R-Whitman. His years at Bridgewater helped spark his lifelong interest in politics, sports, arts, music and travel. He worked as a writer for The Enterprise in Brockton, Mass., The Standard-Times in New Bedford, Mass., The Union Leader in Manchester, N.H., and as a freelance writer for The Boston Globe.

Gil was predeceased by his parents and by a brother, Charles Edward Bliss. In addition to nieces and cousins, he is survived by grandchildren, Jackson Gagnon, and Desirae and Silas Gauthier, all of Tiverton, R.I., and Kyler Jones, and Caeden and Michael Dunning, all of Princeton, Texas.