Winchester Press – obit – Reg Gibson
Reg Gibson, a lifetime resident of the area,passed away suddenly at Winchester District Memorial Hospitalon Tue., Oct. 16, 2007. He was 66.
He was born in Winchester on Dec. 28, 1940 to Herb and Annie Gibson.He was a bright, kind, attentive, and unmischievious student inschool. According to his teacher June Gibson he had the abilityafter totally distracting the class to repeat the entire lessonword for word when she asked him to do so.
On Nov. 16, 1962 he married Joyce Ann Strader and together theyhad two children Dana and Sam.
He was always quick with a joke, or to describe in his own linguisticway a point of view, opinion, or a reality. His family joked withhim about making a book of “the phrases of Reg” becausehis sayings always made people laugh. He always knew his own mind,and he saw no reason why he shouldn’t express it. He could besympathetic, realistic, and heartfelt and then of course followedup with humour, a joke, and more frank advice.
He was always there to lend an ear or assistance in his own particularway. He was giving, expecting little in return except for possiblysome conversation when he was bored or lonely. He was well knownand he was a friend to many people. It did not matter where hewas; he always managed to meet someone he knew. He was full ofstories and he liked to reflect and give advice. He loved to eat,and he enjoyed sending and receiving e-mails to and from his manyonline buddies. He loved to buy “toys” such as motorcycles,four-wheelers, and snowmobiles, and he loved animals, especiallyhis beagles.
Reg had a wonderful and loving life with Jo. For 35 years theyshared a union to be envied, a true testament to wedding vows.They were deeply in love and built a loving home where everyonewas always welcome and he most certainly felt the void of Jo’spassing.
His accomplishments were many. Most importantly he was a lovinghusband, father, and grandfather. He worked at Bell Canada for32 years. After retiring, he worked as a transport and bus driver.He enjoyed riding his motorcycle. He was involved in sports: coaching,refereeing, and running the time clock for Hawks’ games. He servedas merry old Saint Nick on many occasions. He was a member ofHenderson Masonic Lodge. And he served as master of ceremoniesat many family and Bell Canada events. He enjoyed many tripsto Tim Hortons for a large double, double and together with hisfamily they shared many good times at the cottage. He loved musicand he was always listening to it. He also loved antiques andmemorabilia and his house was full of it. He had a vast knowledgeof cars, tractors, and trucks and he was always looking for thatspecial old pickup truck.
He was predeceased by his wife Jo on Aug. 5, 1998. He is survivedby his children Dana (Gary) McMillan of Williamsburg, and Sam(Cheryl) of Inkerman, his siblings Jack (June) of Winchester,Bill (Ruth) of Perth, Joan Hewitt of McDonald’s Corners, and Bob(Janet) of Lunenburg, and his grandchildren Grant, Kristen, Kirk,and Rachel. He was predeceased by his parents Herbert and AnnieGibson (nee Robinson). He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburgon Oct. 18. The funeral service was held at Williamsburg UnitedChurch on Oct. 19 with Rev. Elaine Beattie officiating, followedby cremation. The pallbearers were Grant McMillan, Kirk Gibson,Steve Gibson, Ron Gibson, Rick Markell, Darrin Dugan, and DanDugan. The honourary pallbearers were Kristen McMillan and RachelGibson.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or the C.N.I.B.would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.