26 March 2011
Birthday Bio -- Dad -- John Baptiste Gilbert III "Jack" 26 March 1915- 3 Aug 1999
Eventually the army would train him in the desert but send him to Attu, Alaska to a bloody battle, then teach him Chinese but send him to India to over see some reparations.
After the war, with three children and one gestating, Jack and Vin bought in Orinda next door to a cricket pitch that Mr. Nye, an Englishman who lived in the house you see here had (later the Martins built on the cricket pitch). They built a 900 square foot house with a beautiful view.
Little Jackie watched with pride as the house went up. That's the 4th fairway of the Orinda Country Club beyond the outhouse.
900 square feet proved too small for a family of six so they made a living room out of the yard and added on a bedroom for themselves above the garage.
We drove around in that gorgeous Ford woodie or in the Model T we called Tillie that's parked in the garage. And we had a tailless dog named Trixie who Uncle Bruce (Cresap) is talking to here.
Occasionally Mom got a trip to the beach which she loved.
photo taken in patio of house where they spent their wartime honeymoon -- I think it was in Pismo Beach, but it might have been Pacific Grove.
clockwise from Jack on the left -- Jack, Mom, Dad, Tommy (called Cres since age 6), Joan, Vinnie (me)
A Christmas in the seventies -- photo taken at Jack and Dianne's in Orinda.
left to right:
front - Cres, Dad, Jack jr
standing - Mom, Joan, Vinnie
Katie Schwarz is between them with her arms around each of them.
from left to right behind them:
Debbie Gilbert, Kim Schwarz, Jay Gilbert, Carson Gilbert, Dana Schwarz, Darcy Gilbert
Happy Birthday, Dad, wherever you are.
Posted by Lavinia Grace Gilbert Schwarz