"Gillie" Guillermo Ignacio Suarez Grosso

July 11, 1962 to June 17, 2018

Guillermo (“Gillie”) Ignacio Suárez, was born on July 11, 1962, to Dr. Guillermo & Mrs. Clara (Grosso) Suárez, on the ancient Atlantic peninsula of Cádiz, Spain.  It sparked in him a lifetime passion for fishing, sailing, and the sea.

The Suárez family immigrated to Colorado in 1966, before settling in Ames in 1968, where Gillie attended Elementary at Meeker and Abbey Sawyer, Welch Jr. High, Ames High School, (Class of ’80), and earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Science and Humanities in English, with a minor in Environmental Studies, from Iowa State University.  In 1986, Gillie moved to San Diego, CA, in part, because of it’s similarities in climate and geography to his native Andalusia.

Gillie loved life, bringing people together, and had an innate curiosity and an ability to engage in conversation with anyone, on a wide variety of subjects. With his happy demeanor, quick wit, infamous, lop-sided smile, and sly chuckle, he was a genuine free-spirit, making loyal friends wherever he went, and with people of all walks of life.  He was humble, hardworking, non-judgmental, protective of loved-ones and the less fortunate, inordinately generous, always willing to lend a hand, ear, shoulder, shirt, or dollar, and treated others fairly, and with respect.  Although he landed far away from Ames and Cádiz, he kept close bonds with many childhood friends throughout his life, and many people fondly and proudly called him “brother”.

As an adult, he became a loyal U.S. Citizen, yet despite the change in passport and flag, he never stopped being a “Gaditano” at heart.  He loved music, sharing artists he admired, playing guitar, and creating original lyrics or poetry on-the-fly.  He also enjoyed frisbee golf, watching soccer, woodworking, wildlife preservation, restoring Sea Craft boats, cold beer, and most of all, fishing!  In fact, Gillie could usually be found wearing a shirt with images of fish on it, telling a few tall-tales, or, doing a spontaneous impersonation of Bob Dylan. Despite his long-suffering illness, he never complained.

He met the love of his life,  Susan (“Susie”) Buss in 1998, while he strolled around a party, strumming a guitar and making up lyrics as he went along, (which she found quite charming)! After dating for two years, he just as romantically proposed by the power of suggestion… saying “Let’s get hitched!”.  They were happily married on July 8, 2000, at the San Diego Mission, and later settled in her quaint home-town of La Mesa, CA.

Gillie had a broad range of interests, and used his many talents in a variety of jobs. He was a skilled craftsman who built custom cabinetry in his own business, (Old World Woodworks), a keen observer, who monitored commercial fishing by-catch, and archaeological artifacts at construction sites, and an outdoorsman who created fishing maps. For the past 15 years, he worked for Pasha-Stevedoring, at the San Diego Port Terminal, most recently as an Operations Manager.

His wise, and simple philosophy for life is summed up with, “Have Fun, laugh often, Keep Rockin”.

Gillie passed in his sleep at Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla, California, on June 17, 2018, with his wife, Susie, at his side, following a constant stream of visits from family and many long-time friends, who travelled from across the country to bid him a sad farewell.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Guillermo and Clara Suárez, his grandparents, many aunts, uncles, and a cousin.

Plans are pending for a memorial service. Please check back for details.

He was dearly loved, and will be truly missed by his surviors: wife, Susie Suarez, siblings Clara (& Mark) Boyles, Selin Hensley, Luis (& Christine) Suárez, Teresa Suárez, Manuel (& Sarah) Suárez, nieces Cristina, Elena (& Jeff), Ana, Clara, Briana, Natalie, Sofia, Rachel, Mavi, Emi, and nephews, Lucas and Gillie, and great-nephew and niece, Logan and Clara, as well as a huge extended family in Spain and Guatemala.  Other survivors include: Mother in-law: Kathy Buss, (& Bob Rydberg), sibling in-laws: Julie Serr [& Rich ], Dan Buss [& Moya], Susan Berggren (& Nore), Mike Oppenheimer (& Darcy), and Jeff Oppenheimer (& Diane).

Memorial Contributions may be made in his honor to:
The Erdheim-Chester Global Alliance – http://erdheim-ches ter.org/donate
The Myeloproliferative Neoplasm Research Foundation – https://www.mpnre searchfoundation.org/Donate- to-MPN-Research

Also, in consideration of Gillie’s battle with rare terminal illnesses, and of all those families affected by incurable diseases, we encourage eligible parties to consider: regularly donating to a blood bank, joining the International Bone Marrow Registry (Bethematch.org), and/or considering a tissue donation after death, in order to further advance scientific knowledge and treatment of these types of illnesses.

Mark Gerstein will be hosting a bonfire gathering in memory of  Gillie Suarez, Saturday, July 21, 2018, 7:00 pm, on Ames, Iowa; A celebration of life in honor of our dear, kind, happy, always smiling friend Gillie Suarez. Spread the word. Bring your own snacks and drinks.  All welcome Kid & pet friendly  7-12 or whenever ….

Address:  3711 Onion Creek Lane, Ames, Iowa. 

Gillie’s funeral mass will be held August 7, at 10:00am, at Santa Sophia Catholic Church, followed by a reception the Church Hall from 11:00am-1:00pm.
Friends also plan to gather together later on the afternoon; more information to follow.
Santa Sophia Catholic Church
9800 San Juan Street
Spring Valley, CA 91977
United States

 

Celebration of Life

  • Date: August 7, 2018
  • Time: 10:00am
  • Location: Santa Sophia Catholic Church
  • Address: 9800 San Juan Street Spring Valley, California 91977
  • Directions: Santa Sophia Catholic Church

Reception to follow in the church hall.

My "brother" Gillie and I met while working together at TransWestern Publishing many many years ago. I was new to the San Diego area so Gillie should me the area and coincendentally we lived in the same neighborhood...Pacific beach. Gillie became roomies with my friend Rob after he moved to San Diego from LA area. They were a perfect match for each other! I have many fond memories with Gillie and shared his love of music, especially Santana! We lost touch after I moved away so i never had the pleasure of meeting his wife Susie. My condolences to you and the rest of the family. You have wings now my brother fly away and be our everlasting angel!

Rios on August 07, 2018

We will miss Gillie. His smile always lit up the room and charming ways made each person he spoke to feel as if they were the most important person. The world is dimmer without his light here but I know he is in heaven, likely casting a fly rod with Jesus while in deep discussion about questions that he was pondering while on earth. Our hearts are with you (and mine is heavy right now with sorrow for your loss ) and I am holding you in prayer. Love and God bless you. Take good care of each other.

Beth Gerstein Timm on August 07, 2018

We will miss Gillie. His smile always lit up the room and charming ways made each person he spoke to feel as if they were the most important person. The world is dimmer without his light here but I know he is in heaven, likely casting a fly rod with Jesus while in deep discussion about questions that he was pondering while on earth. Our hearts are with you (and mine is heavy right now with sorrow for your loss ) and I am holding you in prayer. Love and God bless you. Take good care of each other.

Beth Gerstein Timm on August 07, 2018

Sorry for your loss...Gillie and I were Seacraft pen pals. His 21' and mine were the same. We met in 2013, when he was in Fl. very nice man, he will be missed.

Terry Kent on July 31, 2018

Gillie was a lifelong friend of mine. We met circa 1967 in Ames kindergarten class. Although our lives took us in opposite geographical directions, we still rubbed elbows at class reunions in Iowa. Super friend, never changed in 50+ years. He is catching fish today! Blessings to his spouse Susie and extended family. Mike Obrecht, Grand Rapids, MI

Michael Obrecht on July 24, 2018

Please accept my condolences on the passing of a dear friend and a very special guy! As an owner of a SeaCraft Seafari like the one Gillie had, we had become close friends over the years. A good friend of mine bought a new SeaCraft 21 in 1965 that was nearly identical to the one Gillie had, so that was another interest we had in common. In October of 2013 Gillie wanted to attend a gathering of the Classic SeaCraft group at Ancote Key in Florida following a visit to his sister in Jacksonville. However the local hotel was sold out, so I offered Gillie a spare bunk aboard my SeaFari. He was my guest for a couple of days aboard the “Restless Lady” and we had a great time. Gillie was a friendly, happy, articulate guy but very humble with a great sense of humor. His obituary was absolutely a very accurate description of Gillie’s warm and friendly personality. The folks on the Classic SeaCraft Forum will miss his wise and eloquent posts!

Dennis Bushnell on July 22, 2018

Very sorry for the loss !! Enjoyed a weekend at a SeaCraft gathering Talking boats and life. Prayers of Peace for family and Friends.

Rusty Parker "RustynTabatha" on Classic Seacraft on July 21, 2018

My condolences to Susie, family, and friends. I am yet another Classic SeaCraft member that will miss Gillie immensely. Like others, I was blessed with opportunities to talk with Gillie and occasionally meet up with him in SD. The breadth and depth of his knowledge and the uncanny (and humorous) insights he provided were wonderful. Warm regards and prayers. Mitch

Mitch Lindsay on July 21, 2018

Hello Susie, family, and friends. I am a member of classic seacraft. We have had the pleasure of Gillie`s company at some of our gatherings. He was always bright, funny, and welcoming. We shared a similar sense of humor and when people on the site needed an explanation of one of my cryptic posts, Gillie was always quick on the draw. We will save a seat for Gillie at future gatherings and remember his wry sense of the world as we enjoy our time together. Thank you all for allowing us to enjoy his company. Sandy and Janet

Sandy Stark on July 21, 2018

Gillie was a big part of our close knit group Classic SeaCraft.com.. He will be sorely missed with his words of wisdom... To the entire "Gillie" family my deepest heart felt sympathy.. You are in our prayers !

Kenneth Nies on July 21, 2018

Un beso muy fuerte y todo nuestro cariño a todos. Familia LERMA Vierna

Mavy Vierna on July 15, 2018

Our prayers are with you.

Nacho Grosso on July 15, 2018

Susie and Family: We are so sorry for your loss.

Jim and Judy Lindly on July 15, 2018

Susie and Family: We are so sorry for your loss.

Jim and Judy Lindly on July 15, 2018

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