In Memory

Gayle Sheldon W'63

Gayle Sheldon W'63

November 11, 2015

Sad to report that our SGHS, W'63 Classmate, Gayle Sheldon, passed away today, from Prostrate Cancer.  This information comes via a email received by Bill Gaffaney, from Gayle's wife.  Gone too soon....  feel free to also click on "VIEW PROFILE" to the upper right of this page, to see information Gayle had entered on his Profile page.

 I was asked to post the photo from Gayle's Memorial Service onto his page.... may our friend and classmate, Rest in Peace....  heart

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11/12/15 08:53 PM #2    

Dave Perumean

This is so sad to hear.

Gayle was one of the good guys.

He was a good friend and at times funny as hell.

I wish his family all the best they lost a great Husband and Father. Yes, he was taken way to early-I hate cancer. 

Dave Perumean

11/13/15 04:22 AM #3    

Tim West

Sad to hear.  Memory eternal to him.

11/13/15 06:10 AM #4    

Larry Mitchell

Gayle was a good guy and great team mate, very sorry to hear this......

11/13/15 08:51 AM #5    

Sharyn Eliot (Gailey)

Gayle was one of the sweetest guys anyone could be lucky enough to know.  I'm so glad he was at our 50th Class Reunion and I got to talk to him.  My prayers and thoughts to his family.

11/13/15 09:51 AM #6    

Jane Vardon W'63 (Bouffard)

So sorry to hear this and happy that I got to see him at the reunion.  Gayle was insteed a "good guy."  My best to his family.

Jane Bouffard

11/13/15 10:01 AM #7    

Tom Phister W'63

So sorry to hear of Gayles passing.  Gayle and I were good friends starting at Bryson Elementary School through High School.  I'm so glad we were able to reconnect at the 50th SGHS reunion.  Gayle was indeed a great guy.  Condolences to his family, and wishing them all the best.

11/13/15 10:43 AM #8    

Steve Johnson 62'

Hello All,

Steve "Firebat" Johnson here, a graduate of the Winter '62 class...

It is with great sorrow that I stumbled into the notice about Gayle's passing. I hadn't seen or talked to him since high school days. Gayle and I grew up together, living a half dozen houses apart on Hildreth Ave., south of Tweedy Blvd, near the park. He had an older brother, Ronnie, who was about my sister's age (Class of '56).

As kids, Gayle was one tough hombre! While I was about a year older than he, he used to kick the crap out of me whenever we got into a fight! His older brother taught him well, that's for sure. In spite of all our fights as little kids, he was truly a real friend. Often, he would come to our house for dinner and I would have dinner at his house, with brother Ronnie, and mom and dad, Rita and "Curly."

His dad ran a trucking company, Sheldon Trucking, based in Lynwood. If I recall correctly, the "truck yard" was located at the end of Century Blvd. near the offramp from the Long Beach Freeway. Gayle and I used to play in the L.A. River bed as kids. That was before the L.B. Freeway was built.

Reading of his passing really makes me feel guilty and sorry that we never reconnected. I remember him as a great guy, too, and one hell of a gymnast! In spite of us never reconnecting again, his loss really "cuts deep" inside of my heart because of all our good times as little kids.

Gayle..., it's a 'tad late' now, but I wish I could have said this to your face before leaving us - "I LOVE YOU!"

With tears streaming down my cheeks, 

Steve Johnson, Sugar Springs, Michigan


11/14/15 05:40 AM #9    

Judy Hanson 62' (Dillard)

Praying for Gayles' Family.My sincerest condolences to all.

11/16/15 02:22 PM #10    

Lucretia "Louie" Patterson (Clayton)

Gayle, will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.  I am so very happy that Gayle and Kathy, came to our 50th Class reunion and we had the opportunity to share fun memories and good times with him.  God Bless and comfort his wife, Kathy and his family at this very sad time.  This is such heartbreaking news. broken heart

11/17/15 11:11 AM #11    

Gina Cornett 64' (Neff)

Gayle was a very good friend of my brother, Bill so I knew him by default.  He was just one of those really nice guys.  Sweet, friendly, helpful.  My best memory of him was how proud he was when he dropped a Corvette engine into his little Studebaker.   What a great smile he had and I'm so glad that I got to see him again after 50 years at the reunion and meet Kathy.  Prayers to her for God's comfort to enfold her during this difficult time.

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