Gilbert G. Velasquez, 87, was born in Sonora, Arizona, on Oct. 9, 1926, and passed away on Feb. 9, 2014, at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Phoenix following complications of lung disease (COPD). Gilbert is survived by his wife, Mary Contreras Velasquez of Superior, Arizona; children, Gilbert (Michelle) Velasquez of San Tan Valley, Richard of Superior, Theresa V. Otero (Jerry) of Fruita, Colorado, Adelita Velasquez of Buckeye, Fr. Marcos C. Velasquez of Maricopa, Virginia (James) Mitchell of Superior, Andrea Beltran of Superior, Andrew Velasquez of Superior, and Angel (April) of Globe. He was preceded in death by his sons Alejandro, Fernando, Esteban (Ephan) of Superior, and Freddie of Mesa. He had 42 grandchildren, 58 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren.
Gilbert worked for Magma Copper Mine for over 35 years. He enjoyed being with his friends, family, playing dice, horseshoes, telling stories and was also known at the “can man”.
The Rosary will be prayed on Friday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m., at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Superior and the Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m., at St. Francis of Assisi Church with interment following at Fairview Cemetery. Reception will follow at St. Mary’s Center.