Donald Alexander (Alex) Gibson, beloved husband of Betty Gibson of Calgary, passed away on Friday, August 22, 2008 at the age of 93 years.
Born and raised on a farm near Hanna, AB, the family came to Calgary in the early 1930’s. Donald received his education in Calgary, graduating from Crescent Heights High School. Following his education, Donald worked with an auto parts shop, and secretly married Violet, before joining the Canadian Air Force. During World War II, Donald flew many missions for the 413 Squadron as a Flight Navigator during his years of service. Upon his return to Calgary, he worked as an accountant for Shell Oil, before operating Gibson Machinery and Sales in Strathmore for many years until selling the business and returning to Calgary. He worked as an auditor in the Controller’s Department at the University of Calgary and then worked in real estate before retiring in 1980. Donald enjoyed his retirement years, travelling and camping in his R.V. Donald was very involved in his community, he served president and district governor for the Lions Club, volunteered with the Elder Statesmen and was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Donald was a very loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, who was very proud of all their accomplishments.
Besides his loving wife Betty, Donald also is survived by his children, Barbara (Barry) Keeler, Ken, Robert (Assieh), Stuart, and Ron Gibson; grandchildren, Douglas, Sebastian, Josi-Ann, Bryce, Gavin, Scott, and Stephanie; brother George Gibson; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Donald was predeceased by his first wife Violet in 1995; and his sisters, Effie and Margaret.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Union Cemetery. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: (403) 521-3433, or to the Alberta Lung Association, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, AB T6E 6K2 Telephone: 1 (888) 566 – 5864. www.ab.lung.ca.
In living memory of Donald Gibson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences