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Gilbert M. Dorame

March 15, 2018

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DORAME, Gilbert M. May 23, 1939 – March 15, 2018. Gilbert, affectionately known as “Gil”, was born in La Habra, CA to Ernesto and Rosa Dorame. Gil peacefully passed away in his long-time Sonoma County home at the age of 78. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Jo Dorame, daughters Sonia Dorame and Sara Bard, son-in-law Zachary Bard, brothers Raul Dorame and Raymond Dorame, sisters-in-law Esperanza Dorame and Julie Dorame, grandsons Patricio Dorame and Nicholas Bard, numerous nieces and nephews and cousins, and many good friends. A dear friend, when she heard of his passing, said “Gil was an extraordinary man with a good heart, who helped so many people throughout his life.” Helping was second nature to Gil who practiced law for more than 45 years, helping those who were less fortunate exercise their rights for fair treatment as laborers, and assisting workers injured on the job. He took his job to heart and worked closely with clients to ensure they got the best help and care available. Working for the community was also very important to Gilbert, this included helping the United Farm Workers efforts to organize in Delano, CA, and in helping to organize the Alameda County Garbage Workers. He also assisted with innumerable political campaigns. Gil and Jo first met while working on a Fair Housing Campaign. When he and his wife moved to Sonoma County, he wanted to “empower our community and to build and organize institutions and community-based organizations.” He did this by helping to establish the first bilingual radio station, and organizing Alliance Medical Clinic, and working to build low-cost housing. Gilbert was constantly working towards making the world a better place for all. Gil was beloved by all who knew him and leaves a legacy of strength, love, family, and hard work. We will miss you every day.