Obituary for Gilbert Velarde

GILBERT VELARDE GILBERT VELARDE, life long resident of Santa Fe, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 5, 2015. He was born in Santa Fe the son of Guadalupe and Vicente Velarde. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Eloy Velarde and Joe Muller. Gilbert is survived by his sister, Connie Duran (Tony); nieces, Josephine Casados (Alex), and Maria Robinson; nephews, Daniel Velarde (Cathy), Larry Velarde; all of Santa Fe; nephews Leon Duran (Sherry) of Aurora CO. and John Muller (Shirley) of Santa Fe., and many other relatives and friends; his godsons, Chris Gomez and Ian Zoltai, and very special friend, Rose Armijo. Gilbert was a member of Pipefitters Local 412, a life time member of the Santa Fe Fiesta Council, a member of the Santa Fe Rodeo Association, Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Santa Fe Lodge #460, and served as a volunteer for many organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, and Kiwanis Club. He served as a member of the New Mexico National Guard, and worked on the Alaskan Pipeline, as well as owner of Velarde Mechanical & Construction, INC. He was a loving and caring person who lit up a room with his smile, sense of humor, and laughter. He loved life and he lived it to the fullest. He has many friends and he will be dearly missed. A Rosary will be recited Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 6:30 PM at the Rosario Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am Monday, October 12, 2015 at St. Anne Catholic Church, with interment to follow at Rosario Cemetery. Pallbearers will include Alex Bustamante, Phil Sena, John Murphy, Pat Chavez, John Muller Marty Espinoza, and Daniel Velarde. Honorary Pallbearers will include all the members of the Santa Fe Fiesta Council, Jack Chavez, Benji Anaya, Joe Mier, all the members of the Caballeros de Vargas, David Ortiz, Ben Tapia, Ray Aranda, Tony Lopez, Gregorio Ross, Nathan Lopez, and Larry Velarde. Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations 417 East Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505 Phone: (505) 989-7032 Fax: (505) 820-0435

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