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Dear Dee and family,

My love and thoughts are with you and your family. Gil was a wonderful man and dearest friend. We all shared so many glorious times together. I'll hold all those memories so close in my heart.

Love always,
Jeanne


Added: October 27, 2008
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Gilda-

My heart aches for you and your loss.
Your Dad was a big part of my childhood - my father listened to the radio baseball broadcasts constantly (in my 6 year old's mind) and your father's voice will always be part of my fondest memories. The smell of summer and your Dad's voice.

Lots of love,

jane


Added: October 22, 2008
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I remember so many years of memories beginning with the days of "old" radio, then tv over many hours on and off mike. Together we enjoyed Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters and our trips to Seattle to "recreate" the "old" radio days! Gil was a wonderful friend, a consumate professional in every way. Grace and I send our condolences to the Stratton family.

Added: October 21, 2008
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Cary,

We are so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Our condolences to you. You are in our thoughts.

Heidi and Scott


Added: October 21, 2008
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Gil and I had a history of 48 years beginning at CBS in 1960. He was always very special to me and still is. When we first met we thought it amusing that he was 38 and I was 22 and I was born in 38 and he was born in 22. And we shared the same birthday, June 2. He was a great friend and will be sorely missed especially by me. Chula Visa Gil.

Added: October 21, 2008
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To the Gil Stratton family, I had the opportunity to work with Gil at KCBS-TV in the 1980's. He was such a warm and kind person, a true role model for all in the newsroom. The true bigger than life talent are about all gone from the local LA broadcast market. I consider myself lucky to have known such a person, Gil will be missed greatly.

Added: October 21, 2008
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I met Gil around 1976 while in Los Angeles playing for the “California Surf” soccer team. Gil was the commentator at all the games.

We kept in touch when I moved back to England and as the years progressed, so did our friendship with Gil coming to England to watch games when I became a manager. His love and knowledge of the game knew no bounds. His enthusiasm for most things in life was infectious and you always left him feeling enriched.

My wife Susan first met Dee and Gil in London’s, Langan’s Restaurant 13 years ago. Gil proceeded to entertain us both for several hours recounting just a few of his never-ending stories. It was like being with a living history book. Susan said, “I wouldn’t think that anyone would ever forget a meeting with either one of them.” They were that special.

After that evening, we were privileged to spend time almost every year in London with Gil and Gibby either at football games (soccer) or in another “trendy” Leeds or London restaurant. We never ceased being impressed by his total recall of wonderful sporting events he witnessed or at his ability to give us a complete visual imagery of his time with some of the greatest actors of our time.

Gil and Gibby met us a year and a half ago in Las Vegas. Gil was using a wheel chair at the time to conserve his energy enabling him to take in a show each evening and in the afternoons when possible too. Gibby and Susan were trying to get into the chair for a rest after the first 24 hours. Gil packed more into a day at 84 years of age than most people do in their twenties.

Gil and Susan used to communicate by e-mail and by MSN messenger. Now, how many 86 years olds even know how to turn a computer on?

In short, we will never forget this unforgettable man and we will miss him sorely for many years to come. We are only pleased to have had the honour of knowing him and to have shared a bit of his amazing company. Our love and sympathy are with his loving family.

Susan & George Graham
London, England


Added: October 21, 2008
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Gil was the best in kindness,generosity of spirit,
humor and humility.The Alumni of the W/W motorcycling gang will always remember Gil.As well
as the Golfers from the Hyde-Nail tournaments in
Mesquite.Rest in peace GIL


Added: October 20, 2008
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Dee, I'm so sorry to hear of Gil's passing. It was great to see him when we did the interview for the FROGS' Big News tribute and he was in such good spirits. We exchanged emails after his recent heart attack and I was sure he'd make a strong comeback. Please know that he'll be sorely missed by more people than you might imagine. I just received an email from Gary Shimokawa who asked that I send special wishes to you and the family.

Our deepest condolences to all.


Added: October 20, 2008
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Dee,
I hope this email is received by you. I just read the Times story about Gil’s passing, and want to extend my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.
I attended the Saturday morning meeting with you before moving to Orange County , and often think of your compassionate and wise words.
I feel blessed to have been the recipient of your gifts, and those that your life with Gil brought you to share.
With love,
Barbara Mc


Added: October 20, 2008
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