Robert “Hap” Gaylord passed away peacefully August 25, 2019 in University Place, Washington, his home of 61 years. He was born July 21, 1930 to Charles Kester and Solange Camille Gaylord in Tacoma, Washington.
Hap graduated with the Central Kitsap High School Class of 1948. He was a business owner from 1958 to 2018, and had the distinction of being the longest operating business in University Place. He was known in the community as someone who would always help anyone at any time. He was well liked by everyone he met, and he cherished the friends he made along the way. He was a wonderful father and grandfather who will be truly missed.
Hap’s life was all about cars. He had an extensive collection that included many of his favorites, including old engines and antique tractors. You could always find him at his place of business behind the counter or hanging out by the fireplace with his buddies.
He is survived by his sons, Derek B. Gaylord, Gregory G. Gaylord, and Gerald G. Gaylord; his daughter, Shelley R. Gaylord-Witmer; nine grandchildren, Heather, Jordyn, Austin, Tia Marie, Dustin, Allie, Gracie, Shawnee and Hunter; and two great grandchildren, Brooklyn and Braelyn.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online by clicking HERE.
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