Patrick Gibson passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 16, 2007, following a brief but courageous battle with cancer.
Devoted to both his family and the Catholic Church, Pat spent thirty-seven years teaching junior high school in the separate school system, the last twenty-five years of his career at St. Stephen’s School, where many teachers and former students hold fond and indelible memories of him. Specializing in teaching “fear and discipline” (according to Pat), interspersed with a great deal of humour, Pat touched the lives of many and will always be remembered affectionately as “the Gibber”.
Sports and music were also his passion and his greatest joy in the past few years was the time he spent playing in the Calgary Senior Men’s Slo-Pitch league. After retiring in 1998, he spent much of his retirement days playing slo-pitch and watching sports (not necessarily in that order) and exercising regularly to the music he loved on his iPod. His weekly coffee buddies will miss him tremendously.
Left to mourn his passing are Gerry and their children, Shellee (Robert), Jill (Bob) and Marty (Anna); his grandchildren, Robin, Nick, Justyn, Eve, Jasmine, Kate, Alec, Samantha, and Alexandra; his dear friend Sonja; his sisters Marie and Kathleen; brother James; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Pat was predeceased by his mother Elizabeth; father John; brothers, Donald (Bing) and Leonard; and nephew Donald.
Father, grandpa, coach, teacher, friend,
we love you and will miss you always!
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church (1600 Acadia Drive S.E.) on Monday, October 22, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice.
In living memory of Patrick Gibson, 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences