Submitted by Name: Doris & Larry Allen From: Studio City, CA E-mail: Contact
Comments: Broadway, Radio, Movies, TV & Sports. Our dear friend Gil mastered them all and lived as if it was no big deal. There are so many ways to describe Gil Stratton; down to earth, modest, unassuming, honest and real, and on top of that, talented. The real charm about Gil Stratton is in the way he chose to live his life. His love of humor, his decency and his friendship are what remain with all who ever came in contact with him. Gil’s ability to shrug off his many ailments and keep going was the thing that made him a giant in the eyes of his legion of friends and fans. Can any one think of Gil without hearing that wonderful voice. The first time I met Gil, he introduced himself by saying, “Hi, my name is Gil Stratton” as if that face and that voice needed an introduction. Knowing Gil has been a joy that lasted not long enough. It was a pleasure to share stories and spend time with him. Dinner with Dee and Gil was always memorable. Never at a loss for words, anecdotes and memories flowed freely in his company. It is no surprise that Gil was married for more than 40 years to an equally charming and delightful partner in Dee. Each was fortunate to have the other. The sadness of a marriage is that ultimately, one must go and one must stay. Gil, we will miss you forever; we will never forget you and we are thankful that we knew you. With love, Doris & Larry Allen
Added: December 3, 2008
Submitted by Name: Dr. Richard Crowley From: Santa Barbara CA E-mail: Contact
Comments: Gil was so very kind to meet with me the early part of 2006 as his home in Toluca Lake, Ca. At the last minute when my baseball book, Mentalball, was all set to be printed I realized I had forgotten to get testimonials from sports authorities on the back cover of the book. Bob Bennett, the Hall of Fame baseball coach from Fresno agreed. And good friends of mine and Gil's, Lucky and Jeanne Brown, called Gil on my behalf and he was gracious to see me immediateley. Hours earlier he had just been released from St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank. I was trilled to met Gil and overwhelmed by his kindness and generosity in reading and reveiwing Mentalball. My thoughts and prayers go to Gil and his family. Dr. Richard Crowley
Added: November 30, 2008
Submitted by Name: Jace & Rose McManama From: Thousand oaks E-mail: Contact
Comments: Dear Dee and family,
You and Gil have been wonderful friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Our memories of Blucher will always be with us and having you and Gil as part of neighborhood family. God bless.
Jace and Rose
Added: November 11, 2008
Submitted by Name: Don Hollander From: Crystalaire E-mail: Contact
Comments: Dear Dee The many games of golf with Gil and Bill at Crystalaire were priceless. Gil, always the announcer, would describe my best and worst shots to the delight of Bill. Since we were both born in Brooklyn, there was many story's told at the 19th hole. I still visit Wrightwood and many of the people send their condolences. Our sympathy to you and the family.
Don and Marilyn
Added: November 5, 2008
Submitted by Name: Diane and Jon Antelline From: Solana Beach, CA E-mail: Contact
Comments: Dearest Dee and family, The years that Jon and I were privileged to be able to call Gil our friend were short in comparison to the time that others shared that status with him. But our lives have been truly enriched by Gil with memories of him that will last our lifetimes: the fun-filled dinners, the New Years Eve parties, his innate ability to entertain--especially with his storytelling, and the obvious passion that he had for life. Our sorrow is accompanied by the joy in knowing that he is in a better place……..looking out for us with his love and that spectacular twinkle in his eyes. Very much love, Diane
Added: November 4, 2008
Submitted by Name: Barbar & Jerry Williams From: Oroville, Calif. E-mail: Contact
Comments: Gil was such a gentleman in every sense of the word. I make paper models and had made a cathedral radio with his picture on it for him,he made me feel like it was one of the greatest things he had ever recieved. He will be missed by so many. Love to his family and know he will continue to be with us through his radio performances. The world was better because he passed through it. Barbara & Jerry Williams
Added: November 4, 2008
Submitted by Name: Jason Lloyd From: Los Angeles E-mail: Contact
Comments: Cary, I'm so sorry to hear about your father. Take comfort in knowing that he is in a better place and that he'll continue to watch over you during your time here in this world. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. Hope to see you soon...
You probably don't remember me, but I was with KCBS-TV ( then KNXT ), knew Gil for a lot of years and always liked him very much. I worked with Leon Drew in the program dept.
I just wanted to express my sympathy and tell you how sorry I was to hear of Gil's passing. I would also like to acknowledge an evening in Las Vegas during a golf tournament that Gil did for KNXT. Leon was good enough to let me tag along for the weekend. Anyway, Gil was kind enough to invite me to join you and him ( and I believe Bobby Frye ) for the Judy Garland Show at one of the hotels. It was the one and only time I saw Garland in person and she was at her best. But we all didn't stop at that. We then went to see Don Rickles in a lounge and ( I think ) Henny Youngman at another lounge show. I had been to Vegas a number of times before and since, but I can honestly say I never had a better time than the evening I spent with you and Gil. It was full of fun and a LOT of laughs. I have never forgotten it and I know , even after all this time, I never will.
There was also a time when we had a drink with Harry James between sets at the Flamingo. I think it could have been the same evening or weekend.
At any rate, it's hopefully never too late to acknowledge with thanks for a terrific time and truly a terrific memory. Certain things stick with people I guess, and it's one of my very favorites.
Thanks again, Dee, to you both. He was quite a guy!
My very best. Take good care.
Added: November 3, 2008
Submitted by Name: Art and Grace Gilmore E-mail: Contact
Comments: Dear Gil,
I will remember so many memories -- where do I start! The luncheons at the "beach" when sweet Ralph Story picked up the check every time -- and he had a routine iced tea-- never could we win that battle.
The Seattle trips when we were "dumped off" in Portland and we were given a less than "fancy" piece of paper which put us on a "feeder" to Seattle! We made it to the shows and that was our day in one of many Seattle trips.
The trip to NY City for more adventures-- I remember well the date our first great grandson was born--his birthday just 7 years ago. We took advantage of that trip by seeing two Broadway shows. One put us in the 2nd row to see (I can't remember)! and the next one was the Producers. We remember when we walked on the streets of the big city --you were stopping to catch your breath-- might have been the start of the future problems you have 7 years later.
I was very happy to have done your history on a tape you used to play for the cruise company. I will treasure each memory we had together.
Your friends Art and Grace Gilmore
It was my good fortune to know and work with your father for many years -- both in radio and television. We grew up in "old" radio -- then tv took over and it was a continuation of hours on and off the microphone. Together we enjoyed many hours in PPB. I want you to know that Gil was a wonderful friend, and a consumate professional in every way. My wife, Grace sends her condolences as do I. We lost a good friend.
Art and Grace Gilmore
Added: November 3, 2008
Submitted by Name: Gary Shimokawa From: New York E-mail: Contact
Comments: Dear Cary,
I have known your father since, I think, 1968.....at KNXT, when it was still KNXT....he was doing the Big News with Jerry and Bill, and I has just started as a stage manager/AD at the station. We really became fast friends and for a couple of years before I moved to the CBS Network, I worked every Saturday with Gil on the Saturday feature race at Santa Anita. One of my fondest memories of both working at KNXT and working with your Dad.
I have been a director for over 30 years and had not seen your father nearly enough, but for those three years starting out in television, his friendship was a big part of my life and the memories of those times we talked and spent time together still remain vividly in my memory to this day.
I knew your sister, Gilda, as well who worked with my wife, Rhonda Young, in casting before she became a casting director star herself. And I knew you Mom.....Please send my condolences and expressionn of gratitude for having known Gil all of these years. He was truly "one of a kind.", and will be sorely missed.
With great affection,
Gary Shimokawa (Assoc. Professor of the Arts...NYU-Tisch)