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Richard "Dick" Gibbs


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Richard "Dick" Gibbs Obituary
March 30, 1920 - August 17, 2016 Dick Gibbs, loving husband, proud father, generous family man and enthusiastic world citizen, died peacefully at home on Wednesday morning. He was 96. Born in Chicago, he grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Los Angeles High School. Still a teenager, Dick joined the Merchant Marine, working as a boot black, in order to see the world. He then served in the US Marine Corps during World War II. He studied at UCLA and UC Berkeley and University of Southern California, and at the Actors Lab in Hollywood. He later worked as a stage actor on the road between New York and the West Coast. As he would explain, he supported his acting habit as a traveling salesman throughout the Southwestern United States. Dick met and married his beloved Addy in 1955, raising four successful children in West Los Angeles. He founded the world-famous luggage label Ricardo of Beverly Hills, and he and Addy oversaw the design and manufacture of their signature products. An unapologetic liberal, Dick supported many progressive causes and candidates to leave the world a better place. He and Addy frequently hosted elected officials at their home to raise funds and awareness. He was known to carry on very loud conversations with the talking heads on his television set. His is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 62 years Adleen; stepchildren Peter Morton of Los Angeles and Pam Morton of Los Angeles, daughters Mara Gibbs of New York and Heidi Gibbs of Los Angeles; brother Fredrick of Lincoln, CA; sister Isabel Gibbs Morgan of Los Angeles; grandchildren Harry Morton, Isabella Morton, Matthew Morton, Grace Morton; and many nieces and nephews.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 19 to Aug. 20, 2016
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