December 1, 1931 ~ January 8, 2007
Gabriel R. Coyoca
On January 8, 2007, long-time Redondo Beach resident Gabriel R. Coyoca was reunited with his wife Dorothy J. Coyoca, who preceded him in death less than one year ago, on January 20, 2006. Gabe was born in Manila, Philippines on December 1, 1931, and was married for nearly 50 years to Dorothy before she passed away shortly before their 50th anniversary. They were 38 year residents of Redondo Beach. Gabe and Dorothy raised their four children -- daughters Gia, Lucia, and Clarissa, and a son, also named Gabriel -- in Redondo Beach, after having moved here from Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1969. Gabe first met Dorothy in 1954 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the University of Michigan where he came to study. Gabe was a compassionate and good man, a devoted and caring father, and he worked tirelessly as an accountant for over 45 years to provide for his family. He loved music (particularly Italian opera), the horse races, Filipino food, and he and Dorothy loved to travel. Their world travels included trips to Asia (including returning home to the Philippines several times), much of Europe, Australia, and South America. Gabe was an avid spectator of sports, and he loved to watch his beloved Michigan Wolverines play football. But most of all, he loved passionately his wife, Dorothy, and after her death, he wanted only to be with her. Gia, Lucia, Clarissa and Gabriel all mourn deeply his passing, as do their spouses, Michael Alarie, Mark Bucklin, George Borkowski, and Peachjunette Coyoca, and Gabeâ€™s four grandchildren, Olivia & Andrew Bucklin, Camille Borkowski, and Kainoa Coyoca. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2006 from two to six p.m. at Rice Mortuary, located at 5310 Torrance Boulevard in Torrance. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, January 15, 2007 at 1 p.m. at St. John Fisher Catholic Church, located at 5448 Crest Road in Rancho Palos Verdes, and internment will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park.
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