Gilbert DiCicco

Date of Birth

November 14, 1943

Date of Death

December 9, 2019

Gilbert Ernest DiCicco passed away peacefully on December 9, 2019, in Santa Barbara at age 76. Gil was born in Chicago on November 14, 1943 and spent his youth in the city. He began a career as an animator during his teenage years. After serving in the United States Army, Gil continued a successful career as an artist. Gil was an award-winning watercolorist and illustrator who worked for the Chicago Tribune, Hanna-Barbera, and Disney among others during his long career. While working as a layout artist on The Great Mouse Detective in Burbank, California, Gil met and married his wife of 35 years, Sue. He moved to Santa Barbara in 2000, where he continued working as both a painter of watercolors and an illustrator until his retirement in 2005. During his retirement he continued his creative pursuits, spending his time with his family and working on his art. Gil will be remembered by those who knew and loved him for his creativity, his kindness, and his thoughtful and philosophical nature.

Gil is survived by his loving wife Sue, his sons Lenny and Doug, and his grandson Neil.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Peace Crane Project at


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