September 3, 1941 ~ April 13, 2010
Adolfo "Bobo" Arturo Gamboa
Sunrise: September 3, 1941
Sunset: April 13, 2010
Bobo passed away peacefully at home in Redondo Beach at the age of 68. The outpouring of love and support for his family has been overwhelming and is greatly appreciated.
Bobo grew up in the Santa Monica/Venice area, attended St. Monica's High School, transferred to Aviation High School, graduated class of 1960, where he met Cecelia (nee Duran). He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, his own "earth angel."
He was surrounded by his loving family, daughters Catherine (Ed) Wojick, Christine (Simon) Khatchadourian, Maria Gamboa, and son Daniel (Monica) Gamboa and his eight grandchildren Belinda, Alexandra, Chas, Daniel, Taylor, Kyle, Reed and Regan.
Attended American Barber College, and worked with three of his brothers at brother Jess' Barber Shop in Mar Vista for 8 years.
Very active in Mar Vista Little League, coaching for 8 years. He believed that if the youth were taught to obey the rules and play fair they could carry these beliefs into their adult lives. He made sure that every boy or girl played equal, to the best of their ability, were good sports and asked no more.
In 1976, Bobo and Cecelia took their family to Oregon to raise their children in a quieter, slower environment. Their children grew up, two graduated, and his first born was married. In Oregon his passion for coaching continued.
Upon returning to his native California, he was welcomed back by old friends and changed careers. He went into construction and he and Cecelia opened and operated a successful property management company in Redondo Beach.
He loved collecting baseball memorabilia and shared this interest with the family with trips to the card shop, including a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame with his grandchildren.
His other love was collecting and restoring classic cars. Many may have seen him cruising around town in his '53 Mercury "DAZ TOY" or his '52 Chevy. This passion was a family affair and was shared with his children and grandchildren. The love affair of restoring cars was a special hobby he shared with his son and grandson.
A son, a brother, a father and uncle. He lived for his family and gave with all his heart. The perfect combination of tough and tender, strength and sensitivity, his family members were always his first priority.
In spite of battling cancer throughout the past four years, he fought this battle without complaint. He peacefully exchanged time for eternal life on April 13, 2010 at 0635 am.
Bobo was the youngest of ten siblings born to Cecilio and Eustolia Gamboa. Preceded in death: brothers - Jesus (Jess), Manuel, Mariano, Cecilio and sister Eustolia (Lee). Surviving siblings: Mary, Rudy, Art and Rebecca.
His love and warmth will continue to comfort us through those numerous and cherished memories he so richly provided to our lives.
Bobo was a faithful and active member of American Martyrs Catholic Church. His devotion and deep faith were instilled by his mother and carried him throughout his life. He found through the community of American Martyrs and the deep friendship and guidance of Monsignor Barry the fulfillment and enrichment of his faith.
May angels guide you to paradise, may saints and martyrs come forth and welcome you to God most high, beloved husband father.
The Vigil Service will be held at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhattan Beach on Sunday April 18, 2010 at 7pm. Mass will be held the next day at 10:30am. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City.
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