Gil Barakat has died, according to a statement posted online on May. 21, 2020.
We learned of the deceased through the following tribute posted on social media.,
I knew Gil for 50 years and he was a major factor in my life.
I loved telling people about Gil Barakat who was a Mr holland opus in a small town in Nebraska (his first teaching job fresh out of college) when we visited him there. He was a beloved Music teacher, when he left small town near oshkosh nebraska (lived on a farm) then move to Boston, the entire town came out for a farewell party. Just like in the movie.
The first time I meet Gil. When I was 15 and Gil and Danny Orangier came down driving down blossom ave in Flushing Queens in his blue ford van fresh out of the army as a tank driver. Looking to play music with a local music hero Jimmy Sferes . At 15 years old 21 looks older, but now at 65 years old 71 seem even. He smile was contagious
His music always brought joy. He was always a major part of my life.
I met my old friend
On the street last night
he seemed so glad to see me
I just smiled
And we talked about some old times
And we drank ourselves some beers
He was Still Gill after all these years
Oh Still Gill after all these years
I’m not the kind of man
Who tends to socialize
I seem to lean on
Old familiar ways
And I ain’t no fool for friend songs
That whisper in my ears
Gill still crazy after all these years
Oh still crazy after all these years
Four in the morning and found I in morning
Crapped out talking
Yawning and morning
Longing my life away
I’ll never worry
Why should I?
It’s all gonna fade
Now I sit by my window
And I watch the cars
I fear I’ll do some damage
One fine day
But I would not be convicted
By a jury of my peers
But Gil is gone after all these years
Remebering Gil Barakat encouraging me to join the first chorus he was putting together at Carver Elementary School back in the 80’s. We preformed Taco’s Putting on the Ritz. A bunch of 4th, 5th, and 6th graders dressed in black, styling plastic top hats. One of many happy childhood memories. Gil was one of a kind. ❤️
Enjoy Taco’s video to the song “Puttin’ On The Ritz” which was released on his debut album “After Eight” in 1982. Remember to subscribe to stay up to date wi…
Cause of Death.
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