Gilbert Gonzales

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Gilbert S. Gonzales, a resident of New Braunfels, passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at his home at the age of 72. Born on October 11, 1950 in New Braunfels, he was the son of the late Catarino Gonzales and Elvira Silvas Gonzales. Gilbert is survived by his wife, Elvira Santellan Gonzales; sister, Carol Barrientos; brother, Ramon Gonzales; children Gilbert Gonzales Jr., Louisa Gonzales Montañez and Gabriel Gonzales. Gilbert gave so much of his heart & love to his grandson Sergio Montañez and great granddaughter Serayah Montañez. Gilbert drummed since he was in his younger teenage year's. Soon after High School he volunteered his services to the Army and served 4 years. Afterwards, he served another 12 to 13 year's in the National Army Guard. His first occupation was being a Jeweler. He then went on to become an auto part salesman for 30+ year's. He had a passion for old cars, music and loved meeting new people. He knew everyone on a personal basis. His love for music began with Spanish music and he then fell in love with the Blues music. His legacy will live in the hearts and minds of everyone he interacted with as well as those he touched but never met. As per family request, there will be no funeral services.

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  1. Cruising with the family in SA when I was younger and jamming out to Rick James over & over while picking up Popeye’s Chicken.

    Cruising & eating ice cream as a little kid with the family in the red/white blazer turned into a truck.

    Watching you play the drums and when you would see me you would point your drum stick at me that you saw me and always made me feel special by doing that!

  2. 1. Siblings (Ramon & Carol)
    2. Prissy & Uncle Gilbert
    3. The cousins (your beautiful daughter Louisa w/Prissy & Andi)
    4. Bros

    • My condolences to my cousins God had different plans for Gilbert. My heart hurts for all of you. Growing up I have wonderful memories of my Tio Catarino and Tia Elivira and spending weekends with Carol. Gilbert is now your guardian angel. Until we meet again cousin God speed..❤️ Cindy Castillo Baisa

  3. Gilbert really touched our hearts and we truly loved him. He was definitely the shuffle king of the Blues!! You will live in our hearts forever ❤️. Love you Henry a/k/a River City Slim and Lisa Perez

  4. More than a musician, the best example on how to treat everyone with respect and care. He will be miss 😢 Rip Big Daddy

  5. Q: What will you never forget about Gilbert?

    A: Gilbert was very influential in my career . He knew everyone by name and also had fun giving nicknames . I would play puddle of mud- blurry in the store we worked at together (oreilly auto) and he would always tell me of his time seeing the band in concert ! I will always think of him when the song plays . When my son was born he congratulated my husband with a pack of cigars . For the next 20 years we will light a cigar for my sons birthday and be thinking of you Gilbert. I will carry some of the qualities you shined in your work with me for the remainder of my career . Thank you for your presence . With love , Aneesa and the Espinozas .

  6. Rip “UnC Gilbert ” , we will always cherish your being and our fun family times we spent together and laughters.. The Hot Rods ,Speed Boats , And Low Rider cars… But the music of Bluzz Beats that will leave us with memories of you… you will be very missed UnC G. LOVE YOU-All Gonzalez Fam. Luv Joey V. JR.

  7. My condolences to the Gonzalez Family It is was a heavy heart that I have to say goodbye to you.Thank you for my nickname Jammer!! Also want to thank you for allowing me to be by your side as you played those drums with such passion. You showed me Bluz music and I wanted to learn how to play the drums I inspired and wanted to learn and be great as you were ! Love you you will be missed but not forgotten. Ps!! when you get to heaven hopefully God has a auto store waiting for you 🙏 Viva LA Raza!!!!!

  8. I’d like to express my sincere condolences to family of Gilbert Gonzales. My fondest memories of Gilbert is listening to him play his drums to the “Blues” with multiple bands thru the years. He was known as “Big Daddy Blues”. He was a very kind and wonderful man who was loved by so many of his fellow musician friends and people who knew him. A loving husband and father to his children, whom I had the pleasure of knowing and caring for this exceptional man. May he rest peacefully with Gods’ angels in Heaven.

  9. I’m Gilbert’s niece Cathy from my Tia’s side. I live in Phoenix Arizona so I wasn’t as close to him as I would have liked but I always thought he was a cool uncle. I remember the hot rod and the speed boat I never rode in because I was too afraid. When we would visit New Braunfels my uncle Gilbert always would tell me “you have to come down for Fiesta Texas” and one year out of the blue he sent me a Fiesta Texas t-shirt and the information just in case I could make it down there, sadly I never did but I still have that shirt and every time I wore it or see it I always thought of him my cool uncle. To my Tia and cousins I’m so sorry and you all are in my prayers, love you.

  10. My condolences to Vira and family. Gilbert will be missed. He is now with god. Gilbert was a very nice person and talented. May god bless you Vira. If you need anything. Please, let me know. Love you, friend Teresa G. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  11. I knew Gilbert since the late seventy’s when he was working for Darwin Dieterts rest in peace brother veteran. Joe Medina Retired US Army.

  12. My mom, Librada (Lee) Campos was an aunt to Gilbert. I know my mother had a deep love for all her nieces and nephews, just as I know that she was there to greet my primo Gilbert along with other family members who have passed. May you rest in eternal peace, until we meet again. ♥️

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