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William John Gibson

May 12, 2022

Obituary

WILLIAM JOHN GIBSON

June 8, 1937 – May 12, 2022

Born June 8, 1937 in Brockville, Ontario, grew up in Prescott, Bill passed away peacefully at home on May 12 at the age of 84. Beloved husband of Libby for 62 years; an amazing Dad to Dean in Ras al Khaimah UAE; Cindy (Rob) in Antigonish, NS; Geordie (Lara) of Ottawa and currently living in Managua, Nicaragua; Doug (Nancy) in Ottawa; and Robert (Linda) in Arnprior. A devoted family man and loving Baboo to 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Bill was the son of George Anderson Gibson and Myrtle Elizabeth Connell. Predeceased by sister Fran and brothers Doug and Melville. Graduated from Prescott High School, pre-engineering from University of New Brunswick and Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in 1960. Married to Libby in 1959 and began his working career with ALCAN in Arvida, Quebec, on to Harvey Aluminum in Torrance, California, returned to Canada with Columbian Carbon in Hamilton, joined the new Ministry of Environment working in Toronto, North Bay and Sudbury and ended his working days as Assistant Deputy Minister Correctional Services Corporate Services Division in North Bay. Involved with the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario North Bay branch, chairing the Regional Science Fair, helping to coach hockey, served on Church Council, President Lo-Ellen Park Playground Association in Sudbury, Canadian Club executive and after retirement volunteered with Phone Busters.  Enjoyed the cottage on Commanda Lake for many years, moved on to the Sea Fury and boating in the North Channel of Lake Huron and later on Lake Nipissing and the French River, the annual fishing and canoe trips with family and friends, skiing, bridge and poker.  Post-retirement there was time to enjoy gardening, wine-making and wood-working which included making seven cedar strip canoes – one for each of the kids and two for us, kept up with the annual fishing and canoe trips, skiing and bridge, not to forget travelling from coast to coast in Canada and to many countries with wonderful experiences and, most importantly, the special times shared with the grand and great grand children. 

There will be no funeral – cremation has taken place and a Family Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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