Former Douglas resident Gilbert Ray Bonnett died Dec. 19, 2007, at Bartlett Regional Hospital, while visiting family and friends from his residency at the Sitka Pioneers Home.
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His family lived on Thane Road until 1939, when they moved to Douglas in the fall. He graduated from Douglas High School in 1954.
He worked for the Forest Service in northern Southeast. He was a member of the National Guard in Juneau for two years. He later worked for Pacific Northern Airlines in Juneau and Western Airlines, where he was known as "Ramp Boss."
He went into partnership with his friend, Jim Nydegger, acquiring Chilkat Fuel for several years. He also worked at Douglas Island Pink and Chum Corp.
His favorite pastime was fishing. According to his family, his hobby was fine scale model making of ships and aircraft, which he was good at. He also enjoyed being on the CB radio.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred "Blackie" Bonnett; and mother, Madeline Ann Bonnett.
He is survived by his sister, M.E. "Betty" Hunt and her husband, Ralph; brothers, Lou Bonnett and his wife, Edie, Herb Bonnett and George Bonnett and his wife, Helen; nieces, nephews and cousins; and many lifelong friends.
Cremation will follow. At his request, no formal service will be held. His wishes were for his ashes to be spread off the Douglas waterfront, which will occur in the spring.
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