Monday, December 19, 2011

RIP Guybert "GL" Pierce

Guyburt 'GL' Pierce passed away peacefully at home with loved ones on Monday, December 12, 2011 after a valiant battle with cancer. GL was born May 24, 1947 in Sacramento, CA. GL was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his much-loved and devoted wife of 41 years, Janell, and his two children, Adam (Suzy) Pierce of Sacramento and Amy (Joshua) Costa of Alameda. 'Pappy' leaves behind his pride and joy - his five beautiful grandchildren, Ella and Jonny Pierce, Cecilia, Samuel and Miles Costa. GL is survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews. After being born in Sacramento and moving briefly to Merced, GL spent the majority of his life in West Sacramento, CA. A graduate of James Marshall High School, Guyburt took a few college courses and eventually began work for the phone company. He was a proud member of the Communications Workers of America. He retired from Pacific Bell in 1993. A talented artist, GL enjoyed drawing in his young life. He was always ready with a corny joke or humorous story for a friend or stranger. GL beamed when recounting the adventures and accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling to many places including Japan, the Panama Canal, the Caribbean, Alaska and Hawaii with his 'beautiful Jan.' A car enthusiast, he enjoyed his many prized automobiles over the years including his Corvette, and completely rebuilt his 1956 Chevy truck.In accordance with his wishes, no memorial is scheduled and his ashes will be placed along the scenic California coast. The family wishes to thank the nurses, doctors and staff of Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento, CA. Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on December 18, 2011

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