Robert E. Gibson, 1948 – 2017

Robert E. Gibson
Robert E. Gibson, 1948 – 2017. Photo provided

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Robert Ernest Gibson, 69, passed away on Saturday morning, Nov. 4, 2017 after a brief but courageous battle with lung cancer, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

Gibson was born on April 17, 1948 at the Elizabeth Lund Home in Burlington, Vt. On Aug. 29, 1948, his parents, Robert E. Gibson and Dorothy M. (Archer) Gibson, adopted him. He attended Springfield schools, graduating from Springfield High School in the Class of 1966. He later attended both Vermont Technical College and East Coast Aerotech for several semesters, until the passing of his father when he returned to Springfield. In 1986, he completed his associate’s degree with the Community College of Vermont.

In the 1970s, Gibson lived and worked in Massachusetts where he met Geraldine (Jeri) Gibson. The two were married on July 15, 1979 at the Martha Mary Chapel in Subury, Mass. She predeceased him on Jan. 13, 2017.

Gibson was employed as a thread grinder with the Bryant Grinder Corporation in Springfield, Vt., where he worked for more than 20 years. He was an active member of the shops union, U.E. Local 218, during time. Both during, and after his employment at Bryant’s, Gibson worked at Springfield Hospital, primarily as a switchboard operator.

Gibson was an avid follower of golf and had been a very active player in his younger years, from working as a caddy at the local country club in his youth to playing on school golf teams. He recently had begun to play again, and greatly enjoyed doing so. Gibson enjoyed vacationing to Short Sands at York Beach, Maine. He enjoyed spending time in nature taking the foliage, enjoying the clouds, and enjoying walking trails. He was a skier for much of his life, and fondly recounted the first time he was ever on skis, going down the Chief at Okemo Mountain, in Ludlow – another town where he spent a lot of time in his youth. Other activities that Gibson enjoyed was doing crossword puzzles, watching Jeopardy, and being around dogs. He loved rock n’ roll.

Gibson is survived by his daughter Stephanie (Gibson) Thompson and her husband Kyle Thompson, of Springfield, Vt. He also leaves behind a sister, Joan (Gibson) Baker and her husband David, of Wells, Vt. He also leaves behind five nieces and nephews, and nine great nieces and nephews.

Contributions in Gibson’s memory may be made to the Springfield Humane Society, 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT, 05156. Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield is assisting with arrangements.

UPDATE: (Nov. 13 12:17 p.m.) The graveside service scheduled for Nov. 18 will be postponed until the spring of 2018, allowing the family more time for better planning and better weather. 

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