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“Dear Nancy & Joe ...I am very sorry for your loss. Peace be with you both at this time & be comforted by the many fond memories you share.With Much...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Maggie Zeiner - Newtown, CT

“Tom and Nancy, Please accept our heartfelt condolences on your dad's passing. ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Ithaca - Bernie and Joanne

“I visited with Lefa and Don in their home here in North Carolina and also attended the same church . They were always very nice and congenial folks...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Richard Young

“Nancy and Tom, What a wonderful legacy your dad has left, for sure! That doesn't take away from the fact your dad is gone..and that is just plain...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Sue Garrett - Rochester, NY

“What a full and complete life that Don lived. Very few people have done all the things that he and Lefa experienced during their happy life together...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Bruce Johnson - Prescott, AZ

“I remember well when Don and Lefa came to Union Church. Both Ginnie and I were serving on the Bd of Deacons. It is unusual to have new members...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“The Groton High School Reunion will not be the same this year! He was a 'highlight' that I looked forward to seeing ! Mr.Gibson and my Dad were 'best...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“Don Gibson, you were the best! I will miss you at the Groton reunion this year but I will be thinking of you that day. Meredith Wells Groton Alumni ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“We will miss you Don. It was an honor and pleasure to have known you. Many wonderful memories of watching the UConn girls games at Nan P\'s! ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: Ken and Peggy Bernier

“To the Gibson family, so sad to hear of Don's death. I think of him being now with Leland and Marie, my parents. He was a sweet man. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Patsy Kirk - CONWAY, SC

“With sympathy during this difficult time. ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home - CT

“Tom & Nancy so sorry to learn and read of your father's passing. I enjoyed the many years that Don worked for me and my family here in Ithaca at...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Robert R Sprole, II - Ithaca, NY

“Nancy ,Joe and Family - saddened to read about your father - I remember visiting your home in Ithaca when ,I was young with my parents Lee and Marie...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: bill KIRK - LANSING, NY


Donald Ellis Gibson, 99, of Vernon, died peacefully on Sunday, February 21 with his loving family at his side. Dad was born on May 26, 1916 in Groton, New York, the only child of Albert Benjamin Gibson and Lottie Davenport. Both of his parents died before he graduated from Groton High School in the class of 1934. This past summer, he attended his 81st high school reunion! In 1941, he met Lefa Dawn Wimer of Cortland, NY, on a blind date, and 7 months later, on July 3, 1942, they married. They were married for nearly 60 years, until her death in 2002. His first employment was with Smith Corona typewriters, after which he was employed by Therm, Inc. in Ithaca, NY as a toolmaker/machinist and in a variety of management positions until his retirement in 1981. In 1944, Dad was raised in the Masonic Fidelity Lodge, No. 51 F&AM to the Third Degree served as Master in 1952, and later became a Knight Templar. His main focus, however, was the Blue Lodge, where he served as the Master of the Third Degree team from 1950 until 1981. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Masonic Temple Corporation. Two years ago, he was awarded his 70-year apron by the Masons. Dad became a member of the Binghamton (NY) Chapter of the American Society of Tool Engineers (ASTE), where he immediately became a member of the Standards Committee. He served on the National Finance Committee at the time of the groundbreaking of the present headquarters in Dearborn, MI. During these same times, he served as a Deacon, Trustee, Elder, and Minister Search Committee member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ithaca, NY. In 1974, Dad and Mom became interested in the work of the Radio Missionary Fellowship and visited its operation in Ecuador in January, 1975. Note: At one time in the 1940s, the headquarters of the Fellowship was in the big white house just back of the Talcotville Congregational Church in Vernon, CT. Later, Dad became involved in the local chapter of the American Red Cross and became a Certified Instructor for CPR as well as First Aid and Personal Safety. In 1981, Mom and Dad retired and moved to Franklin, NC. In 1996, they moved to Vernon, CT and joined the Union Congregational Church of Rockville. where they both served as Deacons. Dad also served as Vice-President and a Board Member of the Hampshire Court Homeowners Association. Dad was interested in learning new things his entire life. Over the years, in addition to his extensive public service, he enjoyed a wide variety of activities and hobbies including: photography, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, boating, gardening, woodworking and carpentry, reading, finger printing, Morse code, CB radio, ham radio, tennis, bowling, archery, pistol target shooting, knitting, sewing, pool, American Sign Language, travel, ballroom and square dancing, ice skating, playing the drums, card playing (especially canasta and pinochle), personal computing, technology, watching UCONN Women's Basketball and the New York Yankees, and meeting and talking with people. Every summer since 1932, Dad and Mom spent lots of quality time with family and friends at Camp-of-the-Woods and at their own retreat in Speculator, NY. He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Wargo and her husband, Joseph, of Ellington, CT; his son, Thomas, and his wife Christine Heavner, of Essex Junction, VT; his granddaughter, Kee Gibson and her boyfriend, James Honaker, of Sherman Oaks, CA; his granddaughter Sarah Gibson and her boyfriend Kevin Emden, of Chicago, IL, his brother-in-law, Bill Schnetzler of Pittsboro, NC; and by numerous second-cousins, nieces and nephews. Dad had a full and productive life. He was a respected member of the communities in which he lived, and a loving and loyal husband, brother-in-law, father, father-in-law and grandfather. He made friends wherever he went , making it his job to befriend everyone in the room before he left. He had the uncanny knack of finding common ground with virtually everyone with whom he spoke. Dad truly loved people. His family would especially like to thank the wonderfully skilled and compassionate staff at Rockville General Hospital and at Woodlake at Tolland Health Center and all of his good and supportive neighbors at Hampshire Court in Vernon. A memorial service will be held at Union Congregational Church in Rockville, CT on Monday, February 29 at 11 AM. Interment will be scheduled in the spring at Willow Glen Cemetery in Dryden, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Union Congregational Church, 3 Elm St, Vernon/Rockville, CT 06066 or to Fidelity Lodge #51, F&AM, 412 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca, NY 14850.