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GIBBONS, Christopher “Chris” Warwick

June 28, 1953– Detroit, Michigan
November 23, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Christopher “Chris” Warwick Gibbons of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the age of 60 years.

Chris attended high school in Windsor, Ontario at Assumption College, graduated in 1971 and finished Grade 13 in 1972. He was very active in school groups, especially acting, where he won “Best Actor” award in 1972.

Chris moved to Toronto the following year to attend the University of Toronto and pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, which he achieved June 17, 1977. During this time he married his high school sweetheart Collette Gibbons (nee Durocher) on May 17, 1975. He then went on to the Child Care Worker Program at Humber College, graduated in June 1979, and began working with Palliative Pediatrics at Holland Bloorview Hospital. He then went back to the University of Toronto to receive his Child Study degree on June 11, 1982.

After working in child care for many years, he decided that it was not his passion and began designing software. He was a partner and helped set up a computer company called HSI. Chris often traveled to Calgary for client relations and decided to uproot from Toronto and move to Calgary. Convincing Collette however, was another thing. The ‘88 Olympics brought her to Calgary where she fell in love with the mountains and changed her mind.
Chris helped to represent HSI for a year and then decided to open his own business, Caseworks Systems, in 1990. His company flourished with multiple contracts all over the prairies, mainly in small towns and native reserves. He finally got the break he was looking for in 1996, when he was awarded a contract with the Government of Saskatchewan. With his programs being tested and proven in Saskatchewan, more contracts followed with the Calgary and Edmonton Health Regions. He developed and maintained many programs that health inspectors and health care providers still use on a daily basis.

Chris started with politics in 1992 with the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta and was a very active member. He was president of the Calgary Fish Creek PC Association for nine years until health problems forced him to step down in 2012. He was very proud of this and made many long lasting relationships.

In January 1985, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes that plagued him for the rest of his life. Complications led to many other health issues but through it all Chris remained a symbol of strength and determination, overcoming many obstacles. The tragic passing of Collette in 2004, and the chronic conditions did took their toll.

Chris is survived by his loving children Chris Gibbons (Ashton) and Jennie Newman (Kiel); and grandchildren, Riley, Victoria, Anastasia and Aria. He is also survived by his family in Ann Arbour, Michigan; mother Elizabeth Galvin; brother Dr. Patrick Gibbons; half-sister Mary-Theresa; and numerous nieces and nephews. Chris was predeceased by his loving wife Collette.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32nd Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3 Telephone: (403) 266-0620, ext. 112,

In living memory of Chris Gibbons, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. To Chris, Jennie and their family. My heart goes out to you at this most difficult time.

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  2. Valerey Davidson :

    I knew Chris to be a man with not only a keen mind, but also a man of integrity and kindness.

    My thoughts go to the family.

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  3. Dear Jen and family. My sincerest sympathies are extended to you with Chris’s passing. Chris has been a great friend and political ally over these recent years. He was always supportive of me, and as I got to support him and Fish Creek PC Assoc, I always could depend on him to reply – “Thanks, Walt”!! Few people call me ‘Walt’ but Chris was one of them – I’ll always remember this about him! I will surely miss him but never forget his kindnesses to me. Walter Twiddy, President Calgary Lougheed

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  4. Gloria Wilkinson :

    Chris was a great guy to work with in politics – kind of spirit and generous of thought. Sincere condolences in this tough time.

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  5. Jenn, sorry to hear of your Dads passing. Sincere condolences to you and your family.

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