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Louis Gomez

June 1, 1963July 12, 2020

Louis A. Gomez, beloved husband, son, father, and brother, has passed away after a brave seven-year battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Lorie, and his two children – Louis and Nicolas. He also leaves behind his parents, Luis and Patricia Gomez, a sister, Diana Schardein (Rod), brother, Ray (Carrie), a niece, and nephews, and his large extended family. Originally from Southern California, Lou came to the East Coast to attend the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated in 1985 and was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy. In his senior year he met his East Coast girl, Lorie, and they married in 1986. After he returned from his first deployment, the couple moved to Virginia Beach, where Lou served on active duty for nine years. He earned his master’s degree in engineering management from Old Dominion University while on shore duty, and then put the degree to work in manufacturing and consulting after leaving active duty. For many years he worked in the private sector while continuing to serve his country as a Navy reservist. During that time, he was recalled to active duty and spent a year in Iraq, earning a Bronze Star. In 2015, he retired as a captain after 30 years of dedicated service. He was rightfully proud of his time in the military and the bonds of friendship forged with his shipmates. Lou loved his family above all else and treasured every precious memory they made together. He was also a devoted friend and was quick to lend a hand. He enjoyed spending time on the water, sailing, fishing, and visiting the Outer Banks. Lou had an engineer’s gift for being able to build or fix anything he set his mind to, and he was fearless in everything that he did. A celebration of life will be held in the future, in hopes that it will be safer for friends and family to travel. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. The family is grateful to friends, Sentara Hospice, and the many caring members of the Williamsburg medical community who rode the cancer roller coaster alongside them.


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Mike Berger

July 12, 2021

A year today after Lou’s passing. I still can’t believe we lost Lou to his hard fought battle. I met Lou back at USNA 40 years ago. That time seemed like a blink of an eye. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss my fellow Southern Californian. Lou was the most humble guy you’d ever meet. He’d do anything for you! I never even knew he received the Bronze Star. Wow!! I’m so proud to know the Gomez family. They are all very strong. Lorie, I know you and the boys miss him so very much.

Louis III & Patricia Gomez

June 13, 2021

To his wife Lorie, to his sons Louis and Nicolas, to all the members of the Gomez and Dodd families, to all other family, colleagues, and friends who joined us to honor the life of our son Louie, my wife Patricia and I say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your expressions of sympathy and high regard.

For as long as there is memory, Louie will remain in our hearts and in our minds as a wonderful son, a wonderful brother, a loving husband and father, a great uncle and nephew, and member of our family who always made us all so very, very proud.

Andy Yeaste

August 12, 2020

Lou was a friend to all that he met and was a true Shipmate for those that served with him in the Navy. I was privileged to have known Lou since 2010. He and I work in Navy Reserve units that visited Navy ships around the world. From Japan to Norfolk and San Diego to Everett, we visited ships as a team that help the Commanding Officers know what the true culture of their ship was . Lou enjoyed speaking with the sailors from Seaman Recruit to Master Chief and finding out how things were really going onboard a ship. He had a way of talking with sailors in groups and in one on one sessions that gave them the confidence to open up and speak their minds knowing that they would be heard and their opinions would be brought to the command and that it would not come back to them. His work made sailors better than they thought they could be and brought many ship's crews together to make the ship better than they were beforehand. He did this while maintaining a full time job working in the engineering services field as a brilliant and accomplished engineer and manager. Something very few people could very well, he was phenomenal.

I remember walking and touring the ports we visited after a long days work on the ships and his conversations often were of his lovely wife Lorie and his two sons, Louis and Nicolas. He talked of how lucky he was to meet such a wonderful lady at the Naval Academy. Even more so that she would become his wife and was so honored to have Lorie as the mother to their sons. He often spoke of her professional accomplishments as well as being a full time mother. He always spoke of how proud he was of Louis and Nicolas. How he enjoyed working on various projects at home with them and was so pleased of their accomplishments as young men.

Lou was a best friend and a best Shipmate. No words can state how he'll be missed. He has been called to serve in a higher place long before we would have liked. But, he is now doing even greater things in Heaven.

Bob Lane

August 1, 2020

I will always remember the friendship that Lou and I had. He was a very good listener an encouraging person and friend. We met at church and had many discussions through phone and email. Our conversations were about common themes. Engineering, family, travel, background, jobs and the latest news. I was always amazed when he went to Iraq that we still emailed during his service there. He was always talking about playing in the sand and about trying to develop a relationship with the families in Iraq supporting schools and things to encourage the people there. When he returned from duty we kept in touch mostly by phone calls. A lot of discussion centered around family, jobs and the accomplishments of his two sons. Engineering and architecture were some main themes. Later, at his military retirement ceremony, that my wife Fran and I were were honored to attend, did the real theme of his military service and his military career become clear. He was such a humble guy. We kept in touch every few months by phone, catching up while either of us had time to spend at least a half hour to an hour finding out what each other was doing. Recently, I learned he had developed an illness, cancer. Our discussions became about the day to day acts necessary to deal with it for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then we turned to family, fun things and memories we had of growing up for the next 15 to 20 minutes. Then it was time to rest. The last time I talked with Lou he had been having several blood transfusions. We joked about having vampire service. I told him I would be on vacation and would call when I returned. We were looking forward to the call. I returned home from vacation on July 12, the same day Lou returned home.

Thank you for this cherished friendship. You will be missed.
My condolences goes to Lori and family. May you be comforted in knowing and celebrating the life that Lou has lived. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Bob and Fran Lane

Susan Hill

August 1, 2020

Lori and family,
I was so sad to hear of Lou’s passing. He fought a good battle and was a brave soldier once more. I pray for you and the family that GOD’s grace will be with you and help you heal. Bless you Susan Hill

Bobby Armes

July 24, 2020

Rest In Peace. Prayers for your family. God bless.
Descanse en Paz. Dios los bendiga.

Stephen Gaston

July 21, 2020

Lou was a great friend, mentor, and shipmate, and will be missed! I was fortunate enough to serve alongside him as a fellow Navy Reservist as well as a co-worker in manufacturing. One of the most upbeat, knowledgeable, hardworking, and humble servant-leaders I have ever had the honor to work for. Lou brought light and hope to any challenge we were facing, both in the Navy and in our civilian work.
My sincere condolences to Lorie, his sons, and his entire family during this difficult time.

Robert Smith

July 20, 2020

I had the pleasure to work with Lou at Dresser-Rand in the Government Business Unit and enjoyed his company at events where we both attended and his support in the day to day interactions at work. Lou was very helpful and a pleasure to work with always and a valued asset to our company. He will be missed by many. Our condolences to his family, sorry for your loss, he was a great person to know.

Libby MacDonald

July 16, 2020

Several years ago, I walked into Lorie's office and she had the most beautiful bouquet of flowers, a surprise from Lou for her birthday. I honestly don't think I have ever seen an arrangement so wonderful and the way her eyes lit up when she talked about him made me understand what a special man he was.

Some time later as she shared that he had cancer, she very simply looked at me and said quietly "I love that man." I will never forget that moment and trust that he knew that too.


Patrick Burke

July 16, 2020

Lou & I crossed paths for a short time before I returned to Ireland, my memories are of a true gentleman, a pleasure to have known. Our thoughts & prayers are with you Lorie, Mary & Paddy Burke, Dia dhaoibh