OBITUARY

Gilbert O. Siqueiros

June 9, 1929May 8, 2011

Everyone’s life is the sum of all of the people they have met, the things they have done, and the places they have gone. Gilbert Olmedo Siqueiros was no exception. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special to family and friends who knew him best. Gilbert will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

Gilbert’s life journey began on June 9th, 1929. He first greeted the world in Porterville, California. His parents' names were Ramon and Brigida Siqueiros. He grew up in Porterville, California. Growing up for Gilbert was an involving experience. It allowed him to learn, grow and create all kinds of cherished memories.

A lot of what shaped Gilbert’s life was how he was raised. He was raised with his beloved sister Mary. He was always known to be a hard worker even in his youth. At a young age he worked in the fields to assist his family. Gilbert traveled from his birthplace in Porterville to work the docks in Oakland and eventually settling down to raise his family in San Jose.

Falling in love is a huge milestone for any person. Just knowing that you have met that special someone is a magical feeling. Gilbert experienced that with Alice Hernandez. Gilbert exchanged wedding vows with Alice on June 21st, 1948 in Porterville, California. Empathic and loyal, Gilbert was committed to making his new family happy. It is true that during those early years the couple lived modestly, but they were happy nonetheless. Gilbert was a man who took pride in upholding his beliefs. While everything a person does in life contributes to whom they grow into, it is ultimately this same person who holds the most influence on the next generation. Gilbert worked hard to be a good father to his children and he did his best to fulfill their needs. Gilbert was blessed with three children; Gil Jr., Jeff and Sally. He worked hard toward raising his children in a positive and nurturing environment. Later on, Gilbert was blessed with the gift of three grandchildren; Jason A. Castellanos, Jennifer Lynn Siqueiros and Stacey Rae Siqueiros and five great-grandchildren; Michael Jay Castellanos, Antonio Gilberto Castellanos, Jayden Christopher Castellanos, Ella Marie Castellanos and Elijah Jeffery Clandening.

How a person performs in the workplace can be a reflection on how they live their life. Fortunately, Gilbert enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Gilbert worked diligently and did his best to succeed in each of his jobs. While he worked several jobs over his life, Gilbert’s primary occupation was working at Ford Motor Company. Though Gilbert didn’t work for accolades, he was recognized for a job well done. He received numerous awards from Ford Motor Company throughout his career.

A person's hobbies often mirror who they have become. Gilbert enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in a number of different activities, including boxing, fishing, barbequing and maintaining his aquariums.

There was nothing more fulfilling to Gilbert than having family and friends together while barbequing, enjoying good food and sharing stories with each other. Additionally, Gilbert thoroughly enjoyed fishing. One of his most storied fishing experiences was when he caught a marlin while on vacation in Cabo San Lucas. Gilbert also found solace in the hobby of maintaining his aquariums. This hobby commenced by a leg injury he had while fishing. This allowed him to focus more time to fish aquariums. At his peak he had over ten fish tanks and was successfully breeding fish. After Gilbert retired from professional boxing he always followed the sport closely. He loved to gather with family and friends and watch a good fight on the television.

A person’s faith says a great deal about them. Some people are raised with strong beliefs while others garner them throughout their life. Gilbert had both since he attended Catholic school as a youth and continued practicing his faith by being a parishioner for many years at St. Victor’s Church in San Jose, CA. Gilbert’s faith was important to him.

Gilbert Siqueiros left us on May 8th, 2011. He passed away in San Jose, California. Gilbert lived a fulfilled 81 years. Services were handled by Oak Hill Funeral Home San Jose, California. Gilbert was laid to rest at Oak Hill Memorial Park San Jose, California.

So this is Gilbert’s life, the sum of the man that he became. Simply stated, Gilbert was a good person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being caring and giving, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Gilbert leaves behind him a legacy of lifelong friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life Gilbert Olmedo Siqueiros touched will always remember him with a smile.

Services

  • Visitation/Vigil Service Friday, May 13, 2011
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 14, 2011
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Gilbert O. Siqueiros

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Jill Voorhies

May 21, 2011

Gil, Sally and your mom Alice and family,
My prayers and sympathy for your loss. I loved your father he was always so sweet to me.
Your in my thoughts; Jill Voorhies and family.

sandra verdoni

May 17, 2011

As I read all the wonderful memories of Uncle Gil, boy they were great ones, do you all remember when we would all be at his home and sleeping on the living room floor, Uncle Gil would come in and start telling some stories, then ask us who is your favorite uncle? Of course we said you "you are"! Then he went to bed. You are so right Victor, great memories we have of Uncle Gil, he will never ever be forgotten. He is in our hearts. My sincere love and prayer to Aunt Alice and the entire family. Sandra

Ron Miller

May 17, 2011

We are very sorry to hear about your loss.

The Miller Family

Ron, Kim & Lucas

Toni Tully

May 14, 2011

I many fond memories of Sunday gatherings at Uncle Gil's and Aunt Alice's. Uncle Gil at his barbque, laughing and entertaining us all. Those times will never be forgotten and neither will Uncle Gil.

The Davis'

May 13, 2011

Uncle Gil...one of kind! The only uncle that would give us money by seeing how hard us kids could punch him in the stomach! The family poker games and betting pools on the boxing fights. Crazy fun times with Uncle Gil! I will cherish those fun childhood family memories. The Davis Family is very grateful for all the visits that Aunt Alice and Uncle Gil have made to see my grandpa and us over the last several years. Uncle Gil loved sitting in Jason's Lazy Boy chair. He would want a good Western movie on, start telling interesting life stories and waited patiently for the carne asada. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult transition time. Blessings of comfort!
Love you all, The Davis Family
(Lisa, Jason, Haylee and Hannah)

John Fontenot

May 13, 2011

1969__Greeted into family by bear hug by Uncle Gil. Many more over the years. Carole and I always looked forward to seeing Uncle Gil and Aunt Alice. Never knew what to expect but was always fun. Your Cajun nephew John Fontenot

The Ellis'

May 12, 2011

I am sad for your loss.I will miss him & his stories that he would till to Patrick & I when he came to S.D.. Your are in my prayers & may heavenly father give you some peace at this time of need. Love you, Joe Ellis & Family Juli, & Gianna

May 11, 2011

We are so very sorry for your loss.
Tony and Lesa Chircop

Victor Hernandez

May 10, 2011

I think back to my childhood memories and I will always remember the family gatherings at the house in San Jose (when there were still orchards across the street!). Heavily populated with the many cousins and Uncle Gil at the Bar-B-Que. These are the times to remember.
- Vic

FROM THE FAMILY