October 9, 1925 ~ April 8, 2011
Guy Leon Gillmore was born in Witchita Falls, Texas, though he claimed Colorado as his home state where he lived and worked for seven years. He grew up in Oklahoma, living on dairy farms and in foster homes, during the difficult times of the Depression and dustbowl. At the age of 18, Guy joined the Merchant Marines and served as Chief Cook and Baker. During stopovers in New York, he began courting a city gal, Laura Longinotti. Eventually, after an honorable discharge, they married in 1948. They began their honeymoon aboard a train from New York to Chicago where they stopped for two days, then on to Denver for another couple of days, completing their journey in California. They lived there throughout their marriage of nearly 63 years. Guy had several jobs before he entered the field of refrigeration and air conditioning. He worked for York Corporation for 25 years. In 1976, prior to retirement in 1977, he learned to fly and earned his instructor's license and instrument rating license. His students truly enjoyed his manner of teaching, professionalism, and particularly, his sense of humor. He retired from flying in 1994. He became a familiar face at the Hawthorne Senior Center where he took up playing billiards, pool, and snooker. After residing in Hawthorne for 60 years in the same home, Guy and Laura relocated to a senior living community in Anaheim Hills to be closer to their daughters and grandchildren. Guy is survived by his wife, Laura; daughters Linda and Lisa; four grandchildren -- David, Francesca, Nicole and Lenka; three great-grandchildren -- Aidan, Dylan, and Anna Sofia; and one sister, Vivienne Rankin of Denver, Colorado.
The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Yorba Linda at 10:00 a.m. on April 16, 2011. The burial will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City at a later date.
Donations, in memory of Guy, may be made to The Scleroderma Foundation at http://www.scleroderma.org/development/donate.shtm or call 1-800-722-4673.
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