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July 18, 2018

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September 12, 2017
Spencer Family,

As a young man, I had the opportunity to box & train under the wise tutelage of Gus Spencer at Garden City Boxing Club (GCBC) for a small measure of time in the mid 1990's. I found Gus to be both knowledgeable and very well respected.. Each day Gus was much like an air traffic controller directing all his fighters through the various stations of Gym work. Gus would personally wrap a fighters hands and then send the fighter to the ring for shadow boxing warmup rounds. On non-sparring days, his fighters were directed to a daily combination of work on the heavy bag, crazy bag, speed bag, jump-rope and finally for those that could handle it, 10-15 stomach hits from the resident 12 pound Ringside medicine ball. The workouts were grueling and rewarding. Gus was there every day and at every step teaching & guiding his fighters on how to be better fighters inside the ring as well as better humans outside the ring.



For me (and another GCBC fighter I stay in contact with), the Garden City Boxing Club's brand was Gus Spencer' GCBC stood next to a carpet retailer that a number of years later purchased the GCBC space after it closed down. While in the neighborhood a few years ago, I entered the now expanded carpet retailer and ventured into the half that was previously the GCBC. I was not surprised to still feel, visualize, and even smell the gym atmosphere where countless hours of blood & sweat were produced by fighters that were coached by great ones like Gus Spencer. For me, I have always been grateful & proud of both my experience at GCBC as well as being able to have Gus as my coach. The world lost a good one.



Rest in Peace Gus.



Best Regards,

Chris Dallen
September 6, 2017
I knew Gus for about 20 years as a long time usher at St Joseph Cathedral in San Jose, CA. He was always the first person at the door when I opened up the church. He will be truly missed by his community at St Joseph.

I asked and received permission from the pastor to have a memorial mass at St Joseph for Gus. It will be Sunday September 17th at 8:30 am (the mass he served) for anyone interested in attending.

Blessings & Peace Gus,

Tim
September 6, 2017
Gus was a dear member of our 8:30 family at St. Joseph Cathedral in San Jose. Once he allowed me behind his crusty exterior, I was able to get to know the kind soul within. I always looked forward to his smile and greeting (and hugs on holidays) each Sunday and miss his presence.

I am grateful that he got to go home to be with his family before he went to his final home.
August 29, 2017
Gus was one good guy. He is missed by his neighbors, his fellow parishioners at St. Joseph's Cathedral (in San Jose), and all of his buddies at OJ's. Best regards to his family; he always spoke warmly of you.