February 2, 1906 - June 30, 1995
"Now look what you did!"
Okay, I'm officially outing this guy. No, not that, silly, his name. He was
born Charles Aldrich Jr., but he will always be known to me as (to be said in a
low bass tone):
Misssstttteeeeerrrrr Mooooooooney, from The Lucy Show. We loved
him, didn't we? Even though he was a real prick to Lucy. Did you see him in that
Tom Hanks movie, "The Burbs?" GHHHHRRRL. Very funny part
though, and I think it was his last. That was the flick with the magical Carrie
Fisher haircut, but I digress.
Findadeath owes a debt of gratitude to Anne
Parisi for obtaining the following photographs. She even had the nerve
to ask to take a picture of the apartments where the Mooneys died! That's
gutsy. Hats off in respect to Anne. Thanks.
For many years, Gale and his wife Virginia lived on their Tub Canyon Ranch,
in Borrego Springs. In later years they moved into the Redwood
Terrace Health Center, in Escondido, California.
lived in an individual apartment, and were relatively self-sufficient. Their
unit was located in the Jean
Weaver Health Center, and was number 503.
If you go in
the front entrance, their room was down the hall and
on the right.
It was in this building that Gale's wife Virginia had passed away a
few weeks before Gale did.
He was suffering from lung cancer, and ended up
having a heart attack. On June 30th of 1995, Mr. Mooney had gone to
the big bank in the sky. He was 89 years old.
Gale Gordon was cremated, and his ashes were given to his sister, Judy
Wormser, from Tubac, Arizona. According to the death certificate, he was
scattered at sea.
Oh my God. I just remembered that Gale was in that ill-fated Lucy Incarnation, Life
With Lucy, in 1986. Boy, remember that one? Try to forget it, I dare
you. Yikes. I read an interview with Gale after Lucy died. He said that the
failure of that show (pulled after 2 painful months) is what put Lucille Ball
over the edge, and inevitably killed her. She must have watched it. Yeesh.