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HAROLD HILTON GREGORY GIBBONS
Born: May 04, 1927
Date of Passing: Sep 15, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
HAROLD HILTON GREGORY GIBBONS
Predeceased by his wife Margaret; his daughter Carol and all of his siblings, Minette, Lorine, Bill, Joe and Marshall.
Harold, the youngest of six children to Bert and Minnie Gibbons, was born on May 4, 1927 in London, Ontario. He completed public school in London and attended H.B. Beal Technical and Commercial High School, where he studied motor mechanics, chemistry and electricity. He had many memories of get-togethers with extended family throughout Ontario, with those from Barrie and Gravenhurst being particularly fond. One highlight of his early years was a visit to relatives in Chicago in 1933, where he attended the World's Fair and saw many fascinating things.
Following school, Harold held various jobs including commercial roofer, truck driver, and box binder at McCormicks Limited, where he met his future wife. In 1946, he became an ink manufacturer with General Printing Ink Corporation of Canada (GPI), a division of Sun Chemical. In 1949, he and Margaret married and soon began their family. In 1956, Harold was transferred to Winnipeg where he supplied ink to Somerville Industries, which produced many of the milk and beverage cartons that ended up in your refrigerator.
The family first resided in Silver Heights then, in 1958, they purchased a new home in the burgeoning subdivision of Windsor Park. He was an active volunteer in the community early on, coaching baseball at Winakwa Community Club, fundraising for Scouts Canada, and providing assistance to those in need. Professionally, he was a long-serving member of the Winnipeg Club of Printing House Craftsmen and in the 1970s he started a small import-export business with the International Traders organization. In 1992, following 46 years of dedicated service to Sun Chemical, he retired.
In his new-found leisure time, Harold liked to write to and get together with family and friends, take in the occasional meal at the local restaurants and putter away at little projects in the workshop. He actively watched the comings and goings on the street and was sure to introduce himself to new residents, At the time of his passing, Harold was the oldest and last of the original residents on his street. He was always willing to lend a tool or offer advice and he gave generously to charities. True to the old corporate motto: you can rely on the guy from GPI.
The family would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the medical and support staff at St. Boniface Hospital for their wonderful care and compassion for Dad. Also, a special thanks to Henry for helping dad out of the tub on that day, many years ago.
A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.
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Chapel Lawn Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 25, 2021
Condolences & Memories (1 entries)
My father worked at Sommerville and Gibby visited our home many times. One year our family was going through lean times Gibby bought all 4 of us girls a Christmas present. I was the eldest at 10 yrs old, now I'm 65 and have always treasured that memory of his generosity. I send you heartfelt condolences and may you rest in peace Gibby. - Posted by: Janet Lynn Carr (Friend) on: Sep 25, 2021
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