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It broke my heart today to hear that Gil had passed. Although I hadn't spokenen to him for some time I always felt close to Gil, he had a way of making you feel like that. Even though he and I where many years apart, so much so that I didn't know about his history until later in our friendship, he was warm, giving and always smiling. Gil was never at a loss for a firm handshake, a big smile and a hearty embrace. I could feel without a doubt that he truly did care about what was going on. Probably the thing that impressed me most about him was that he was so giving of his time and energy. I remember many a nights sitting around having coffee and great conversation. I remember him coming with me to visit a sick friend in the hospital. No was not in this mans vocabulary. There are a lot of celebrities in this town but not many inovators and history makers, Gil was both. The funny thing was I never knew it until I had the opportunity to visit him at home and saw the picture on his wall making a call in the old California League. It took some prodding but I eventually got that story and others out of him. My life is considerably fuller because of the memories I have with Gil Stratton. Dee it pains me to think what your going through. Please know that our thoughts, prayers and condolensces are with you. Should there be anything we can do for I would be thoroughly disappointed if you didn't ask.

With Love,
Christopher Chase


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Dear Dee and all the Gil Stratton Family,

My deepest sympathy and heartfelt hugs to all of you. I was totally shaken by this news, especially because Gil and I just worked together in Seattle this past summer, and he was brilliant, as always. I will miss his warmth and sweetness and positive attitude. In fact, he will be missed by a multitude of friends and fans. Thinking of you especially, Dee. With love, Janet


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Goodby, Gil. Please give my love to Charley when you see him.
Hello, Dee. I'm so sorry that Gil has gone, but I'm sure that Charley will welcome him with open arms.
There are so many fun things to remember from our "other life." Don't let go of your memories. They'll sustain you. They do me.
I remember "Mr. Dillon." Do you?
With love and tears,
Joannie


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I had the good fortune to know and work with Gil from his joining KNXT in 1954 through the years of The Big News. As a director and then producer, I learned about sports and sports reporting from Gil, an amazingly accomplished pro. He was at home on the court, the field, the dugout, the locker room and the track. He knew EVERYONE, players, managers, refs, owners, trainers and jockeys. He spoke their language and had the gift of translating it for his viewers.He truly did "call 'em as he saw 'em."

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What a lovely man and what an extraordinary life! I came late to The Big News (1969) but Gil treated a green kid like an old friend. It was a joy and a privilege to know him. Condolences to Dee and the rest of the family.

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I remember when Gil bought the radio station in Hawaii (I visited him there during the '84 Ironman race I was participating in).
I saw Gil the next year after he sold the station and moved back to L.A. I asked why he sold the station so soon, he replied "I didn't like firing people".
That sums up Gil Stratton to me, a very kind, caring man that treated everyone with great respect. There are never enough Gil Strattons in the world, he will be missed, but I'll remember his compassion forever.


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Although an American living in London for the past 20 years, having left CBS to pursue further education at Kings college, I had the pleasure to speak with Gil at our retiree yacht club luncheon two years ago. We spoke of those innovative and creative years in early television, admitting to how formative they were. Having worked the show, II still chuckle aboutl the antics of 'That's My Boy,' and his role in it. He always called them as he saw them, his ideas sharp, his voice clear. They don't make them the way the used to!
My heart goes out to you at a most difficult time.
Sincerely,
Steve, CBS engineer; MA, Ph.D. Faculty, Kings College London


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In 1962, I began a 25 year broadcasting career when I was hired as a page at Television City. I left CBS in 1968 but my memories of that time under the "EYE" are still some of my most vivid.

Of course, I remember Gil's sportscasting but my fondest memories are of Cookie in Stalag 17 and Mouse in The Wild One (Oscar-worthy both, in my opinion).

My sincere condolences to his family and to all whose lives he touched. While I never met Gil in person, I will miss him (but will only have to turn to my DVD collection to enjoy my fondest memories of him).


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I was so sorry to hear of Gill's passing. We go back to the days of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasting and to the many years I chaired the SPERDVAC Radio Conventions.
Gill was always such a classy man and so much fun to be with.
He always made time for both John and me and I will always be grateful. We also had him on our radio show, "Same Time Same Station", and he was always so very gracious with his time.

He will certainly be missed.


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Gil, As I told you many times you are a great inspiration to me and many. Thank you for your friendship. I will miss you terribly. God's Peace, Bob

Added: October 16, 2008
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