John S. “Jack” Gibson
December 15, 1932 – March 9, 2012
“He has slipped the surly bonds of earth … and touched the face of God.”
At rest in the arms of God, Jack was welcomed home at heaven’s gate on Fri., March 9, 2012.
He leaves on Earth the grieving and broken hearts of June (nee Mullin), his devoted wife of 57 years, and children John (Mary-Anne), Jo-Anne, Paul (Karen), Steven (Ann Bray), Ron (Lisa), Angela (Tony Gagnon), Janice Peters (Kevin), and Jerry (Tanya). He was the cherished Grandpa and Papa of Virginia, Allison, Ian, Adam, Shayne, Cassandra, Chris, Veronica, Jared, Martina, Jonah, Abigail, Kathryn, Aiden, Paige, and Lily. He was the beloved great-grandpa to Aurora, Peyton, Ariannah, and Marie-Eve. He was the special step-grandpa to Ryan, Loxley, Brayden, and Devyn. He will be grieved and dearly missed by brother Bill (Ruth), sister Joan Hewitt, sister-in-law Jan Gibson, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Herb and Annie, his brothers, Reg and Bob, and his granddaughters, Christina and Cynthia.
Jack was a gentleman in every sense of the word and lived life to the fullest with integrity and honour. His life was devoted to his sizable family, and shared with a multitude of friends, all of whom will miss him deeply. He was a man of many interests, a motorcycler, custom framer, animal lover, innovator, Lion’s Club member, woodworker, camper, and, above all, enjoyed a lifelong passion for flying aircrafts of any kind, big or small. Jack was employed by Ontario Hydro for 40 years as a lineman and customer serviceman, and spent many years as divisional chairperson for CUPE Local 1000. After his career with Hydro, Jack turned his considerable talents to volunteer work with Meals on Wheels, hobbies, and giving to others. As his health started to fail him, Jack’s quiet determination and “never give up” attitude carried him through but unfortunately it could not conquer his final battle with liver cancer. He will be missed by all but leaves many cherished memories.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg Mon., March 12 and Tues., March 13. A Lions Club service was held on Tuesday evening at 6:45 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Winchester Wesleyan Church today (Wed., March 14) at 11 am, with Rev. Thurland Brown officiating followed by interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearers are John Gibson, Paul Gibson, Steven Gibson, Ron Gibson, Jerry Gibson, Tony Gagnon, Kevin Peters, and Rob Horton.
In memoriam donations to the Winchester Wesleyan Church Building Fund and the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.
Many thanks for the prayerful wishes of the Bytown Good Sam RV Club, the Winchester Lion’s Club, the Nor-Dun Seniors’ Support Centre, and the Winchester Wesleyan Church. Special and heartfelt thanks to Dr. Richard Mimeault, Dr. John Burke, and the nursing staff of Winchester District Memorial Hospital, and home care nurses for their excellent care and concern. A tremendous thank you to Jack’s support workers, Dorothy and Tracey, whose daily care brought him laughter and comfort.
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