Gary Shigeo Kamikubo Born on June 22, 1954, passed away at his home in Gardena, CA on February 8, 2007. Gary is survived by his father, Shigeyuki of Gardena, CA; sister, Christine of Newbury Park, CA; brother, Bruce of Torrance, CA; sister in law, Pinchieh of Torrance, CA; niece, Cynthia Lou of Kansas City, MO; Auntie Tomoko of Anaheim, CA and numerous cousins. Funeral Services will be Thursday, February 22, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. at the Green Hills Memorial Park Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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  1. I had the pleasure of meeting Gary twice at the All-Arizona Messier Marathon, a gathering of fellow amateur astronomers. His big grin and jovial character will be sorely missed in the years to come.

  2. Gary was a cherished member of the CloudyNights Astronomy community. I always enjoyed his insights and the generosity of his sharing. He will be truly missed in that vast on-line community.

  3. I was very sad to hear of Gary’s passing. My sincere condolences to all his family and Friends. He was a well liked member of Cloudy Nights,and will be Sadly missed. John Olding

  4. Gary will be missed. He was a source of lots of laughter and knowledge on Cloudy Nights. I counted him as one of my virtual friends.

  5. I was stunned to hear of Gary’s passing. Gone far too soon. As another Cloudy Nights acquaintence, I am sorry to say I never had the privilege of meeting him face to face. I’m certain that, should such a meeting have happened, it would have been like running into an old friend. We will all miss his good humor. A rare, kind hearted soul has passed into the heavens. May you enjoy the journey Sectorzed. -dgs

  6. I never met Gary in person, nor spoke to him on the telephone. But I did have the pleasure of corresponding with him from time to time on the Cloudy Nights online community. It is with great sadness that I sit here now trying to find words that are proper to say. Gary will be deeply missed by many of us who share his love of the night sky. I will think of him from time to time when I look up at the stars.

  7. Gary brightend any room he was in. I am enriched by knowing him. The family will be in my prayers.

  8. I remember Gary riding his bike down Crenshaw Blvd. and thinking wow has he grown up. My condolences and thoughts to the Kamikubo family on the lost of Gary.

  9. On behalf of our family, I want to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and support. Gary was laid to rest on February 22, 2007 at Green Hills Memorial Park witnessed by his family and friends. Take a moment to remember him kindly because he always thought kindly of everyone. Forgive him his faults and let him rest peacefully in your memories.

  10. I’ll never forget meeting Gary at RTMC a few years ago. It was at that event where he had asked me about the new C20, which we had brought along to showcase. What I remember most was how he took good care of his father. Gary made sure his dad had an umbrella to shade him from the sunlight during the day and bundled him up from the cold at night. I can still picture him setting up his refractor in the middle of the telescope field with his father seated next to his side. He may have not had the biggest scope there, but his enthusiasm for astronomy was as big as anyone in attendance. I had joked with him stating that our C20 would be the sum of 2 new cars, which he didn’t hesitate to post on the Cloudy Nights forum shortly thereafter. I can still hear my phone ringing with Gary on the other end just waiting to ask me more questions regarding the CGE mount. Rest well my friend. I’m sure you have the best views of the sky from where you’re at now. I will never forget you. Kevin Kawai Celestron

  11. I worked with Gary at the Simi Valley post office for several years. When ever I have a show business question I think of him knowing he would answer and give me all the details. I enjoyed working with him very much and have missed him. I was truly sorry to hear of his passing. I am so sorry that I lost touch of him when he left the post office. My heartfelt sympathy to his family and loved ones.

  12. I met Gary through a shared interest in astronomy. I’d had many interactions with Gary on an astronomy web site, so when the opportunity came to meet up with him and some of the other online personalities came I was happy to make the trip to Mt. Pinos. Gary had a small car, but managed to fit four or five telescopes, tripods, chairs, and his father into it. He also brought with him several garden gnomes. Everyone had a great time that night, and we all stayed up into the wee hours observing and conversing with each other. It was like a group of old friends that hadn’t seen each other in a while. Gary was a kind and generous man, and will be missed by myself and about 12,000 of his other CN friends!

  13. I never had the opportunity to meet Gary in person but we corresponded quite a bit regarding our common interest in astronomy and telescope equipment. He was very knowledgeable and glad to share his expertise and experiences with the rest of the amateur astronomy community. He will be missed by the many people with whom he interacted within the hobby.

  14. I first met Gary in person at an astronomy “star party” last year, but I feel like I’ve known him much longer than that, because we’re both members of the same astronomy forum, and talked regularly online. Gary is the nicest guy anyone could ever hope to meet, and I’m grateful for getting the chance to know him. I know that I’ll miss him deeply- his humour and great personality are irreplaceable.

  15. I had the privilege of knowing Gary through our shared astronomy hobby. His sense of humor and compassion for those around him are two traits that really stand out and I regret that I never had the opportunity to meet Gary in person. May God embrace and protect him.

  16. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Gary and his father and hosting them at our home as well has sharing a couple star parties with him. We were looking forward to seeing him again this year. Gary was very generous, being on of the first to donate to my wifes fund raiser when she did the 3 Day Breast Cancer Walk. It was sad news indeed to hear he passed before his time. He will be missed.

  17. I too came to know our friend Gary, Sectorzed to thousands of participants on an online astronomy forum we shared, by way of the stars. I was privileged to meet Gary too, under the best of circumstances, sharing his wonderful collection of refractors under the dark skies of Mt. Pinos, and later his wonderful sense of humor in my home for a late night after-viewing session of hot coffee, cookies, and talk. Blessed with a superb sense of humor, Gary was still a deeply serious and thoughtful man with a profound sense of himself and of history. Farewell, Gary, my friend.

  18. Although I never has the pleasure of meeting Gary in person, I came to know him through our mutual intrest in astronomy. Gary will be sorely missed by all.

  19. I met Gary in person only a few times, through the Ventura County Astronomical Society. He was a wonderful fellow, kind and helpful, with a great sense of humor. I’ll miss him terribly. Wherever he is now, I hope a 178ED is “a decent finderscope”

  20. I also met Gary through the astronomy community. Gary’s warmth,sense of humor, and kindness were appreciated by many in this community. I am sad that he has passed, but am very happy to say that I knew him.

  21. I’m so sorry to hear about Gary. I never met him in person, knowing him only through an online astronomy community where he was a jolly, outgoing and always cheerful participant. His absence had been noted, and his other friends there will also be saddened to hear of his untimely passing. My condolences and very best wishes to his family.

  22. I will miss my online friend Sectorzed (Gary). I and others on CloudyNights greatly enjoyed his zest and humor. Please allow me to express my condolences to his family. I am especially mindful of his Father, whom I know he cared for and cared deeply about.

  23. I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Gary. He was a member Cloudy Nights, an online forum dedicated to astronomy. He brought a lot to this group by way of knowledge and humor and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with you.

  24. Gary was a shining star in our astronomers community. A truly healthy spirit and wonderful man. He will be dearly missed by all. May he find the stars bright in his next journey.

  25. Like many of those who have already signed in, I knew Gary from an online astronomy group. I was fortunate enough to also meet him twice in person. The impression he left was of a man I wanted really to know better. How sad that I will never be able to do so.

  26. May Gary be at peace with the stars. My profound sympathy to all his survivors. Remy Bosio,Secretary, Pontchartrain Astronomy Society,Inc. New Orleans,LA.

  27. I too knew Gary exclusively through our mutual participation in the online astronomy forum. But my experience, and my impressions, went far beyond merely his love of astronomy. His love of people, his generous nature, and his open offer of friendship to all, whether online or in person, made him memorable. I used to look forward to reading of his thoughts, experiences, and escapades. I’ll really miss that. I wish peace for him, and deep memories of love for his friends and family.

  28. I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Gary at a couple of the star parties at Mt. Pinos. Not only is he one of the kindest people I’ve met but also someone with a great sense of humor and always fun to be around. He will be truly missed.

  29. I would like to mention that he served as a US Postal clerk in Simi Valley, enjoyed bike riding, astronomy, and most of all people.

  30. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Gary in person , I know that countless members of the Cloudy Nights astronomy community will share my sense of deep sadness and loss upon hearing of his passing . My thoughts and prayers are extended to his family , close friends and all who will so sorely miss him .

  31. Remembered as a virtual friend from the Cloudy Nights forum. “The heavens call to you and circle around you displaying to you their eternal splendors…” Dante – Purgatorio Canto XIV UpNorthLibrarian

  32. To the family goes my deepest sympathy. Gary was a source of humour and knowledge that will greatly be missed. I never had the pleasure of meeting Gary in person but you just know when your dealing with someone special. Have a safe trip to your place among the stars my friend. You will be missed. 🙁

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