Our beloved Gilbert Arthur Tavera Sr., “Bibo”, passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early afternoon of Wednesday, July 17th, 2013. He was only 59 years old but lived a full life. Born to Juan and Mary Tavera in Texas, he was a resident of Watsonville for 52 years.
As an automobile enthusiast, he dedicated the majority of his life to repairing cars. As the owner of Quality Auto Body and Repair, he worked on countless cars and created many lifelong relationships within the community.
Faithful to the Lord, Gilbert devoted his life to God. He was a former member of Saint Patrick’s Church, former president of San Pablo de Colores, and active member of Victory Outreach.
His 22 year marriage to Lola Martin-Atilano blessed him with his beloved family. Children: Alfonso Eredia, Sasha (Ben) Yinguez, Gilbert (Yvette) Tavera Jr., Aimee (Gary) Bragado, and honorary son Benjamin Martin. Grandchildren: Matthew Eredia, Stephen Eredia, Alethea Tavera, Alyssa Molina (Bragado), Ben Yinguez II, Evan Tavera, Felix Molina (Bragado), Vianca Tavera, and Ava Yinguez. Gilbert was adored by many siblings, relatives, friends, and countless brothers and sisters in Christ.
A public viewing will be held at Mehl’s Colonial Chapel on Sunday, July 21st, 2013 from 5:00 - 9:00 pm with a service taking place promptly at 7:00 pm. Burial services will held, the following afternoon at Valley Public Cemetery, on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 1:30 pm. A celebration of Gilbert’s life will follow immediately with the time and location to be announced.
To make donations, please contact Gilbert’s children. For the complete article see the 07-20-2013 issue.
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