Lt. Col. Gilbert Carreras

December 24, 1944May 5, 2018
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Lt. Colonel Gilbert “Gil” D. Carreras, 73, died peacefully in his Tampa, Florida home on May 5, 2018. Gil was born on December 24, 1944 in Tampa, Florida to Fernando and Ygnacia Carreras. He is a graduate of Jesuit High School, Class of 1962. On July 4, 1965 married Sheila “Perez” Carreras at St. Joseph Church in Tampa. In 1968, he joined the United States Air Force and after 20 years, retired as a Lt. Colonel in Tampa. Gil will be remembered for his devotion to his family, generosity, love of his pets, and his patriotism. Gil is survived by his loving wife of over 50 years, Sheila; his sons David (Wendi) and Keven; his 3 grandchildren, Kristina, Rylee, and Emilee; many caring nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, May 22th at Blount & Curry Funeral Home Carrollwood Chapel from 10am to 12pm and a memorial service will be held Bay Pines National Cemetery which will begin at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the Atlas Assistance Dogs and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 22, 2018
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, May 22, 2018
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Lt. Col. Gilbert Carreras

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Linda Murphy

June 12, 2018

I remember all the fun times we had in your kitchen when we were at Hellenikon Air Base Greece. Gil was always happy and funny. He was such a sweet, sweet person. I remember going to Monostiraki looking for copper and bartering with Valiliis Mochos. Gil was good at it.

It was such a pleasure to know both of you, and it was great talking to you and catching up.

I hope we will see you in the not too distant future. Take care and keep in touch.

Linda and Al Murphy

Valerie and James Perry and family

May 22, 2018

To Sheila and Family,
We remember the good times that we had in Germany with you and your family at Ramstein.
We are truly sorry for your loss. Gil was a great guy and father. It was a privilege to know him and serve with him in the USAF. Keep in mind that you will be in our hearts and minds Sheila. May the Lord bless you and keep you in the palm of His Hand in the time that you will travel over the years and in this time of grieving.

Love, Jim and Val Perry

Josue & Veronica Morales

May 21, 2018

Even as we write this note our hearts aches to know that Gil is not physically longer with us. Yet we know we will see him again.

While Gil was on this earth, he was a mentor to me a kind and courageous man that could call friend.

Sheila, thank you for sharing this great man with us for sometime while Gil was in Mexico. Gil lives, and his memory will continue to live on this earth because of the way he touched our lives.

Josue and Veronica Morales

Peggy Morrow

May 11, 2018

Words can never express the hole in our heart from Gils passing. Gil was a truly great friend, outstanding Air Force officer and always there when anyone needed him.
He loved Sheila and the boys so deeply.
38 years of f riendship was not enough. Sonny and Peggy

Diane Bellante

May 11, 2018

Dear Family and Sheila

I did not know Gil well, other than when I walked Jessabelle I always said Hi to Gil, if he was in the yard, and he was, He was always doing something in the yard.

Here is too Gil who did what he did best and from what I could tell, loved to be outside.

I will miss him working in the yard and saying Hi!!

My thoughts and Prayers to his family

Diane & Tom

Mario Espinosa

May 10, 2018

Dearest Carreras Family,

Just a note to offer my sympathy and condolences to you regarding Gilbert's passing. Although I did not really know him, I do know his son David, his daughter-in-law Wendi, and his beautiful granddaughters Kristina and Emilee. If your family is any measure of your worth and value as an individual, then Gilbert was indeed, a very rich man. The reaction to his passing tells me so much about how well he lived and how much he was loved by so many. With this in mind, I would like to share a quote with you all regarding Gilbert's passing. It is from the 1982 film Star Trek2.

"He's not really gone, as long as we find a way to remember him."
On behalf of the Espinosa family, may his life and memories continue to live through all of you.

With sympathy, love and friendship,

~ Mario J. Espinosa and family