Gilbert Leroy Lake

Gilbert Leroy Lake

March 31, 1931 - September 02, 2011

Gilbert Leroy Lake

March 31, 1931 - September 02, 2011


Gilbert Leroy Lake, 80, was born March 31, 1931 in Long Beach, CA and passed away September 2, 2011 in Irvine, CA.

A retired Fireman who served the City of Downey Fire Department for 28 years, Gil is survived by his wife Dorothy, daughter Julie Bish and her husband Nick; sons Bob Lake and his wife Lisa, and Dick Lake; grandchildren Brittany Spencer Johnston, Tyler Bish, Eric Lake, Lindsey Lake and Conor Bish; great-grandchildren Angus and Kaikea Johnston.

A Funeral service will take place Friday, September 9, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. at O’Connor Mortuary, 25301 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA. Burial will take place September 12, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA.

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5 responses to Gilbert Leroy Lake

  1. My deepest sympathy to all the family.
    Gil was the happy, fun neighbor guy next door when I was a child growing up on Candor Street in Lakewood. Many good memories of him puttering on his house, laying brick, mowing the lawn or painting something. The Lake’s house was a showplace! He was always there for his kids anyone could see that, involved in their sports and even gathering a bunch of us and going to Dodger Stadium to watch a baseball game. He was somebody you could count on to help you out if you needed it, as he did for me many times. Thank you Gil!

    Sending my love to Dorothy, Bobby, Julie and Dicky, I know you will sorely miss him.

  2. I will never forget Gil Lake and his family.

    When I share my childhood growing up in Lakewood with my family and friends the Lake family and stories always come to mind and are shared. Being there neighbor and in the same age range as Bobby and Dicky my brother Mark and I would play sports in the street with them. Many times the Lakes against the Bleedorns. Other times with all the other kids on the street that could come out and play. No video games back then. Gil seemed to always make sure we had plenty of sports equipment for whatever sport was in season. Gil always had enough time to show us how to improve our game, proper use of the equipment, and good sportsmanship.

    Thanks Gil.

    My deepest sympathy to all of the family.

  3. I don’t know where to begin…so many good times with Gil & Dorothy. Gil shared so much of his life, spring in the desert, fishing, cooking, cheap bourbon sometimes an expensive nudge!, brick work and just lots of good company. We are very lucky to have called him ” friend”. I will always admire his courage and determination dealing with his disease. He was a true inspiration in how to deal with adversity. We love you Gil.

  4. My deepest sympathy to Gil’s family and friends.

    I was one of Gil’s home health nurses. In nursing school they teach you that you shouldn’t become “attached” to your patients. Well, that theory didn’t work with Gil. He reminded me so much of my Dad, I couldn’t help it.
    I was always so amazed at his wonderful attitude and sense of humor no matter what the situation was.
    On one of my first visits, I needed medical scissors, but mine were MIA. He gave me a pair of fireman’s scissors and told me to keep them. I’ve used those scissors almost daily, but I retired them on September 2.
    I will never forget the day his antique truck went to a new home.
    You will be missed Gil, Nancy

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