Gilbert M. Vega, 82, of Tucson, Ariz., and formerly of Riverside, died March 27, 2014.
Mr. Vega was born Nov. 24, 1931 in McAllen, Texas. Shortly afterwards his family moved to Mexico to run a family bakery and restaurant. In the 1950s, Mr. Gilbert moved to Chicago, where he met his future wife, Olga. After they married, Mr. Vega served in the Armed Forces in Korea. Upon his return he went to college and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
He had a successful business career that included finance, accounting and government work. He also owned a Pepe’s franchise for 10 years. He helped other Hispanic business owners thrive by working with the Small Business Administration as regional director for the National Economic Development Association.
In addition, he had his own accounting firm. One of his proudest accomplishments was returning to school and completing his MBA at the age of 62, which was two years after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Mr. Vega was also known as a wonderful dancer, who loved music and regaled family and friends with his singing voice and renditions of songs from his beloved karaoke machine.
Mr. Vega was preceded in death by his wife, Olga Vega. He is survived by his children, the Rev. Roland (Ruth) Vega, Michael and Maria Elena Vega; and his grandchildren, Gilbert, Ricardo, Marisa, Izabella, Jonathon (Keeley) and Gregory (Natasha).
Memorial services have been held.
Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home, Riverside, handled arrangements.