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Apr 11, 2013 5:42 PM by Josh Breslow

Family, Friends Remember Lexington Business Owner Killed In Tragic Accident

It might have looked like "business as usual" at Lexington's Donut Days Bakery, but Thursday was a day of mourning and remembrance. It was a day to grieve for the man whose photo is plastered on the wall.

Donut Days was a second home for William Gilpin, better known to his friends and family members as "Derek". Gilpin made sure to stop into the doughnut shop three to five times a day and stay for hours at a time.

"His role here was probably Court Jester, I would say," said shop owner, Fred Wohlstein. "It's definitely a void. It's a void that will be felt by a lot of people."

Gilpin, who owns Masonry Medic, and his friend were killed Wednesday afternoon while working on the chimney of a Bourbon County home along Mount Carmel Road. The lift bucket the two were in somehow struck a power line, electrocuting the men.

Wohlstein described the 51-year-old Lexington business owner as a "jokester." He said he was the guy always playing pranks and the man with the "infectious smile."

"He was a family member. This is very much a family," Wohlstein said. "I would say everybody at this counter is gonna talk about Derek for years to come."

From pictures, it's clear that Gilpin was also devoted to his other family, which includes his wife, four daughters, and three grandchildren.

"He just had a big heart. He'd do anything for anybody," said Gilpin's sister, Cassandra Sharp. "It's terrifying to think of those last brief seconds, but it was fast and we know where he went and he was ready to go."

Sharp describes her brother as a "devout Christian."

Gilpin's visitation will be Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home on Harrodsburg Road in Lexington. His funeral will be Monday at 12:30 p.m.

Donut Days Bakery is collecting donations that will be given to Gilpin's family.

The Bourbon County Coroner's Office has not released the name of the other man killed. Gilpin's family said he is from out of the country.

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