Gilbert Gomez Torres
Gilbert G. Torres, an amazing husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend, to many left his earthly life, Monday September 3, 2018 at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Hospital in Houston, Tx.
Gilbert was born in Robstown, Texas on September 28, 1948 to Josefina Gomez and the late Juan R. Torres. He and his siblings helped the family by working in the fields to earn their school clothes budget. He loved to talk and share stories about his “working in the fields days”. He always had energy to learn new things in life. In high school he was a member of the FFA Club, and band, as a fabulous saxophone player. He with a group of his peers performed on the Domingo Peña show which was a weekly variety show that featured local talent. He graduated from Robstown High School and Texas A&I University where he received his commission as a second lieutenant to serve in the U. S. Army. He served his country and achieved the rank of captain as a helicopter pilot. After he left the military, the family moved to Texas City to be closer to his law school dream. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, opened his law office in Texas City where he practiced for forty years. He was elected the First Hispanic judge in Galveston County, serving as Justice of the Peace. He was known to work many pro bono cases for those who needed his services, always seeking justice, including the Veterans Affairs legal program.
He took his commitment to his community and his church very seriously, always attending and supporting events and functions including Noon Optimist, St. Mary’s Men’s Club, Knights of Colombus 5236, American Legion, LULAC, and various others. He especially was proud of his continuous contributions to many organizations that supported youth and educational projects including 4-H at the county fair, founding member of the Fiesta del Barrio, scouting, sports, serving as judge for Science Fairs and many other endeavors. He was active in the political arena providing support to the causes that aligned with his beliefs.
He was a true family man, actively participating in the many activities and events of his children and grandchildren. He was seen during recitals as the stage granddad at the Bay Area School of Dance recitals, and the room grandpa for classrooms at Northside and Heights. You would always see him in the stands cheering on the grandchild who was on the field at the time. He truly looked forward to the activities, school events and functions that the grandchildren participated in.
He reveled in making memories while enjoying life, from the yearly party that he hosted for the families, to the yearly caroling party that the children enjoyed, to the weekly more intimate dinners with close friends. He had a heart of gold, was known as the funny one and there was hardly a time when you didn’t see him smiling.
He is known for his quick wit and sense of humor. One never knew if he was serious or if one was caught in the middle of a joke or a “Gilbertism”. He was a true friend and a good foe to have because he cared about everyone. He leaves a bit of his heart and good humor with everyone that he encountered. He will now entertain the angels in heaven.
Receiving Gilbert into his heavenly life are not only his father, but beloved family, including brothers Justo and Juan Torres, sister-in-law Linda Torres and mother-in-law Anita Rojas.
In addition to his loving mother, he leaves to carry on his legacy the love of his life, his wife of 50 years Hilda Garza Torres, his devoted daughter Angela Torres Niño and husband Ashley, his cherished son Leonard Torres and wife Amber. He also leaves behind his pride and joys of which he lovingly called by number, his grandchildren 1- Andrew Quintana(Tracey Hernandez), 2- Matthew Quintana(Jade Arroyo), 3- Jazmynne Torres, 4- Arianna Niño, 5- Marco Torres, 6- Macey Niño, 7- Diego Torres, 8- Bella Torres, 9- Beau Torres, 10- Maxwell Torres, and of course who could forget his 1A, aka “Po’s Boo Boo”, Great-Granddaughter Davinity Madison Quintana. Survivors also include his brother Jose Torres, sisters Chris Lopez (Troy), Rachel Molina (Beto), Carmen Belgarde, and Ophelia Torres. Father-in-law David Rojas, Sisters-in-law Tere Torres, Nellie Rojas Andersen (Randy), brother-in-law David Rojas (Marisa), as well as numerous special nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Services are as follows:
Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 from 5-7 Visitation - Rosary 7 at St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal, Texas City
Saturday September 8, 2018, 11 A.M. St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Church, 1620 9th Ave N.
Celebration of Life Reception immediately following in Kukral Gym, 1600 9th Ave. N
Monday, September 10, 2018 full military interment at Houston National Cemetery, procession departing at 12:00 from Carnes Funeral Home, 3100 Gulf Freeway in Texas City.
Serving as Active Pallbearers are Andrew and Matthew Quintana, Ashley Niño, Jose Torres, David Rojas, Greg Callahan.
Honorary Pallbearers are numbers 3-10 & 1A, Jaz, Ari, Marco, Macey, Diego, Bell, Beau, Maxwell and Boo Boo, his fabulous F&F Crew, and his friends at the Texas City Police Department.
Donations can be made to The Gilbert Torres Scholarship Fund - In Memoriam at any Texas First Bank location.