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Robert Ernest Gaumont – January 23, 2014

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Robert Ernest Gaumont

Robert Ernest Gaumont was born in Newburyport, Ma. on December 20,1925 to Ernest and Clara Gaumont and peacefully passed away at Banner Lassen Hospital on January 23rd, 2014 at the age of 88. He was preceded in death by both of his parents, his younger brother Roger, nephew Richard and great granddaughter Samantha.

He spent his childhood in Amesbury, Ma. where he attended Catholic school. Much of his younger years were spent with his father fishing in the Atlantic Ocean near their home.

At 17, he joined the Navy on August 14th , 1943 and attended NTS in Newport, R.I. He was at the commissioning of the U.S.S. Quincy and traveled down to South American ports, the Mediterranean conflicts, Libya, Ethiopia, Italy and finally to Normandy for the D-Day Invasion. He was injured and taken to England and then back to Boston, Ma. area for recovery . He was then assigned to the Ebert DE 768 and duty included escorting ships through the Panama Canal. The Ebert spent time in the Asian Pacific waters and was nearby the U.S.S. Missouri where the Japanese surrender papers were signed. He was among the servicemen who took the surrender papers up to the Emperor. He received a World War II Victory Medal, American Area Medal, European, African, Middle Eastern Area and the Asiatic-Pacific area ribbons.

He returned to the U.S. and was honorably discharged May 3rd , 1946 at Boston, Ma. After a visit to Canada with relatives, he became employed at Kent Shoe Co. in January 1947. This is where he met his future wife Davina Poulin. They married June 28th, 1947 and recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. In October of the same year, they moved to San Jose, Ca. He became an apprentice carpenter with Local 316/405 in San Jose. In 1975, they moved to Janesville, Ca. and he joined the Carpenter’s Local 1599 in Redding so that he could work in the area. Some of the job sites he helped build were at Lassen Community College and the California Correctional Center. He also worked a few years at the Sierra Army Depot as a civilian employee until he retired in 1988. Robert liked spending time outdoors and enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing with his family.

Robert is survived by his wife Davina of Janesville, Ca., his sister Delores of Blue Hill, Ma., son Ronald (Deborah) of San Jose, Ca., son Daniel (Linda) of Susanville, Ca., daughter Suzanne (fiance Johnny) of San Jose, Ca. and daughter Anita of Idaho. In addition, he is survived by his grandchildren Reece, Devin, Kathleen, Jeana, Krystal, Robert, Daniel, Jason and Shanna. As well as great grandchildren Amanda, Kaitlynn, Mackenzie, Skyler, Jessica, Mylynda, Julia, Jorden, Ryan, Hazel, Rylee, Hunter, Emma and Bailey.

Funeral services will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Susanville, Ca. on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 at 11 am. Future memorial services are being considered to be held in San Jose, Ca.

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