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Eddy Jose Gordillo

Beloved partner and friend passed away peacefully on April 24, 2014 in San Francisco, CA after a long illness.

Born April 2, 1943, in Managua, Nicaragua, to Ricardo Gordillo and Lucila Borrell. Shortly after Ricardo Gordillo's death, Lucilia immigrated to California with her four sons, Ricardo, Roger, Silvio and Eddy where they were raised in San Francisco. In 1961, Eddy graduated from George Washington High School, and later attended Indian Valley College in Marin County.

Eddy worked for many years with his brother Ricardo in the oil industry and later at the Children's Council of San Francisco. He was very proud of his Nicaraguan heritage and fluency in Spanish. His work often required him to not only be a translator but also bridge the cultural gap between his clients and government agencies, and he was most happy helping people.

Eddy's true passion was opera music and culture. After attending his first performance in the 1970s, he was hooked. He wanted to be close to the action, so he eventually became a Supernumerary actor (Super) and participated in over 100 performances in the San Francisco Opera. He always described being a Super as having the "greatest seat in the house right next to the stars and the chorus." When he wasn't on the stage, time was spent playing Hearts with his-fellow Supers backstage. He never missed a performance and never missed a cue. He was truly committed to the opera and even scheduled his vacations around opera performances. His life partner often joked that he was an "opera widow". 

Eddy, is survived by his partner Bob Barcewski of 20 years and their two daughters, Nicole Swenson (Stephen) and their three daughters of Chehalis, WA, and Jaclyn Barcewski, of San Francisco, CA. Brother Silvio Gordillo (Marina), retired San Francisco police officer, Novato, CA. Both his mother Lucia and his brothers Ricardo & Roger proceeded him. Eddy, was "Ito" (to the granddaughters) and the Best-Uncle-in-the-World to his numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are invited to a memorial mass July 20th, from 1 to 4 at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 100 Diamond St, San Francisco.

In lieu of flowers it is the family's wish that memorial donations be given to The Jewish of San Francisco, 301 Silver Ave., San Francisco, 94112 or Institute on Aging, 3575 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 18, 2014
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