Gilbert, Warren J. "Bampi"
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of Mesa, AZ, 66, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side after a lengthy, courageous battle with ALS. Survived by his devoted wife of 44 years, Susan (Ferrance) and loving family: son, Gregory; daughter, Stephanie; daughter-in-law, Lisa; granddaughter, Delaney; and grandson, Benjamin. Born in Swansea, Massachusetts, he was son of the late William and Annie (Reed) Gilbert and brother of the late Claire, Charlotte, John, and James. He also leaves brothers, Robert and William; sisters, Ann, Helen, and Janet; brother-in-law Francis and wife Ursula; sister-in-law Carol and husband Peter; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles. After graduating from Case High School in Swansea, he proudly served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1967 after serving in the Vietnam War. He later graduated with high distinction from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master's Degree in Computer Engineering. He was employed by Intel in Chandler, Arizona, as a software/hardware engineer for 17 years and previously by Digital Equipment Corporation in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Warren was an avid marathon runner and enjoyed hiking and carpentry, playing softball, and riding his Gold Wing motorcycle. In addition, he was an unwavering, lifelong fan of the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. What he valued most was spending time with his family and grandchildren, whether it included taking family trips, supporting them academically, or attending their athletic events. Visitation will be held at Queen of Heaven Mortuary, 1562 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, AZ, 85204 between 4-6 pm on Thursday, March 1, 2012. On Friday, March 2, 2012 a Rosary service and Funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 and 10:00 am, respectively, at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church located at 2654 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert, AZ, 85295. A military burial will directly follow at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in Warren's name to the ALS Association Arizona Chapter or to The
. Arrangements entrusted to Queen of Heaven Mortuary.
Published in The Arizona Republic on March 1, 2012