Gilberto Ruiz Sanchez, 57, a resident of North Brunswick for more than thirty years, died Sunday, December 27, 2020 at St. Peters University Hospital of New Brunswick. Gil, to all who knew and loved him, was born in Oaxaca, Mexicoand was a graduate of Escuela Normal Experimental, Presidente Lázaro Cárdenas, a professional training institution for teachers. A self-described people person, Gil loved teaching and working in service to others. He was especially passionate about teaching young children and always reflected proudly on his time as an educator in Mexico, where he spent more than five years teaching primary school children.
After moving to the United States, Gil changed careers but maintained his passion for people. A self-taught baker, Gil was famous for his delicious hand-made rye bread and Italian pastries. Proving that anything is possible, Gil and his wife Stefanie opened their own bakery in 2000, a business they successfully ran for more than ten years. Gil saw baking as an expression of love and a way to bring people together. He took great pride in helping people “break bread.” The main ingredient to Gil’s success was his passion for people and helping others. Whether working with children or baking pastries for the community, Gil did it with a smile.
Gil was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, and mentor to those around him. He will be remembered fondly by many and missed by all.
Son of the late Eustacio Benjamin Sanchez, he is survived by his mother Emilia Sanchez; his wife Stefania, their daughter Laura; his stepson and his wife Paul and Brandi Nagy; his grandchildren Riggins, Valentina, and Presley; his stepdaughter and her husband Oana and Chris Brooks; his brothers Rafael, Jose, and Misael and his sisters Antonia andClaudia; nephews Chadd, Pierre, and Joseph, nieces Yvette, Yvonne and Leslie and their children; and many more loving friends and family members abroad.
Due to Covid 19 restrictions the visitation will be private at the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, Monmouth Junction. Burial will be held at 9AM on Thursday at Franklin Memorial Parkin North Brunswick.