Friday, February 1, 2013
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Gilbert J. Muñoz, age 69, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, after suffering a stroke two days prior.

He was born in Havana, Cuba and grew up in Key West. He graduated from Key West High School in 1962 and promptly joined the Army. After enjoying jumping out of airplanes and shooting guns in defense of our nation, Gil joined the Border Patrol.

When he returned home to Key West, he enrolled at Florida Keys Community College, where he met and fell in love with Rita Johns. They married in 1967 and had two daughters. After retiring from a 30-year career with AT&T, Gil found a way to share his passion for marksmanship by volunteering at Shepherd Spinal Center and with the Roswell High School rifle team. His work with the kids on the rifle team proved to be one of the most rewarding experiences of his life, and he came to think of his shooters as members of his family. Gil is survived by his wife Rita, daughters; Danielle Muñoz and Symantha O'Byrne: son-in-law Mike O'Byrne: grandson Conor O'Byrne: step-grandson Sean Bishop O'Byrne and Sean's daughters; Miriya and Selene along with Gil's sisters; Niurka Burge, Ceres Silva, Ilka Puig, and Celia (Isa) Muñoz.

A celebration of life is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Roswell Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Gil's name to a charity of choice.