Hank Gillebaard Jr.

Hank Gillebaard Jr.

From Hank Gillebaard

Help fuel my father's goal of making people laugh, touching hearts + supporting the homeless. My dad's humor + upbeat attitude were infectious. His experience w/ the homeless priceless. Enjoy your gift!

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The genuine value of good clean humor resulting in a hearty laugh or the value of a genuine memorable compliment varies from person to person. My father believed that both of these acts were 2 of the greatest gifts a person could give a stranger. 

His passion to solicit laughter and/or touch hearts was infectious. But with his size, gregarious nature and boisterous voice, that was harder to accomplish with strangers. He used to say that when he walked into a grocery store, mom's clutched their children closer. That's why he worked so hard to hone his humor (at times to the chagrin of us all), and to perfect the right original sincere compliment for each person to ensure it was appreciated. 

Since he was forced to live around the homeless FOR A WHILE after losing our house to foreclosure in 2010, he found the most pleasure in making the homeless laugh to feel better about themselves and their situation. He'd say "The 'HAVES' just don't realize how hard it is on the 'HAVE NOTS' that used to be a 'HAVES' without walking in their shoes".     

My father and I lost my mother when I was 5 1/2 . He was heartbroken.  He also had to quit his lucrative job that required traveling. He always said he had no choice but to quit his job with a smile in order to be the best "only" parent he could be. Because he knew my mother had a quiver of lightning bolts aimed at his butt.  And he knew if he didn't take raising me as seriously as my mother did, he'd be hit with one (come to think of it there were a couple of times when he unexpectedly jumped and started walking funny).

My father had a video made of my mother's life so I would be able to remember her. We watched it time + time again for years realizing after each viewing its help in getting us through the bereavement process and our pain.  He never forgot the value of that video of my mother and would like to posthumously give everyone the opportunity to also have their own.  

If he ever made you smile or even better laugh out loud, or if he made you feel good with an unexpected compliment, please consider making a donation and/or send a message versus sending flowers. Each donation will be rewarded with a one-of-a-kind gift that will make you laugh and touch your family's hearts for generations.  And to those who do donate, they will be honored on this website forever.  

Anyone who donates will receive a Family Legacy DVD gift certificate entitling them to a free Family Legacy DVD or video link of their own family produced by a professional SoCal editing studio as a sincere thank you from him and in profound gratitude from me.

Most importantly please know that the funds raised will be split between helping offset the cost of his death and my father's favorite charity in honor of helping the South Orange County homeless (please see the touching video above). 

One of my dad's favorite things was to let people know he was a perennial optimist.  He'd ask if they knew what blood type all perennial optimists have. His answer "B+".  Because "be positive" definitely describes the kind of person he was.  He proved this to me when he went through a very long stretch of being broke.  He simply referred to it as being "cash lite" and never once missed depositing money in my account while I was in college.  And in my opinion because of his positive attitude and the joy he spread throughout his life in humor and in thoughtful compliments, he died a very wealthy man.

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