ROBERT JUSTIN GILBERT
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Bob passed away on April 20, 2013, in Sherman Oaks, California.
Born June 25, 1927, in Natick, Massachusetts, he was the son of Blanche Kelley and Emil Gilbert. Bob attended Natick High School and left his senior year to join the US Navy in 1945. After serving in the Pacific Theatre on the Rio Grande until the end of WWII, he returned to Natick and attended the Massachusetts School of Art (now MassArt). He married Helen McGrath (deceased 2000) in 1955 and immediately drove out to California, eventually settling in Van Nuys. He worked for AT&T until taking early retirement upon the company's breakup. This gave Bob opportunity to devote his time to his many hobbies: bowling, orchids, woodworking and his cats, to name a few.
After the death of his wife Helen and the last of their many cats, Bob met Pat Winters of Purrfect Solutions in his search of a new kitten and she introduced him to his new feline companions, Lance and Bonnie and Boopie. He became an official "cat rescuer" as the CFO for Purrfect Solutions where he volunteered until his death.
He is survived by his son Brian, of Huntington Beach, California; daughters, Catherine, of Page, ACT, Australia, and Joanna, of Wellesley, Massachusetts; six grandchildren, Megan, Matthew, Hannah, Peter, Liana and Ethan; his best friend, Pat; his cats, Bonnie and Boopie; and his many friends. He will be missed.
Donations may be made to Purrfect Solutions Feline Rescue 501C3, 5323 Leghorn Ave., Sherman Oaks, CA 91401.
Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Apr. 28, 2013