September 7, 1921 – February 22, 2011
Dad passed away on February 22, 2011 in Abbotsford Regional Hospital. He was born September 7, 1921 in Millet Alberta.
Predeceased by his parents Bob and Lois Gibling, brother George and sister Joyce. He is the best “poopsey” to daughters Jean, Marguerite (Larry), Deanna (David) and son Michael (Tracy) and grandpa to 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
After high school graduation dad joined up with the Canadian Army, serving with the North Nova Scotia Highlanders in the Normandy campaign in WW2. He rode in a half track as a radio man until being injured and subsequently discharged. During his recovery in England he met his wife, Mary. After the war they settled in Sardis B.C. In the early 50`s they moved to the island and eventually settled in Chemainus. He had a lifelong love of radios, reading and learning. He built his first working radio when he was just 11 years old and was a longtime member of the Canadian Amateur Radio Federation.
Thinking back to early days at home on Beach Drive dad would often be in his den tapping out morse code or reading the latest issue of QST magazine. One of his favourite pastimes was collecting radios of all kinds and “tinkering” on them. He was a “self taught” steam engineer and spent 30 years working in the powerhouse at MacMillan Bloedel, Chemainus Division until the mill closed. He was the keeper of the noon hour whistle. We remember him as a man of knowledge, integrity and humor. He loved to be busy whether it be “puttering” in the garden or “tinkering” in his shop.
The family would like to say a big thanks to his friends at Wings café for making his daily soup, sandwich and coffee. He always enjoyed his lunch outings.
Dear Dad… you have been THE “answer man” for so many years. Now what do we do. We have tried to do this with the least amount of fuss and bother as we know that’s how you’d want it. But then… we have never done as we`re told! We wish you long and happy days in your garden.