Thomas J. Gibbs Sr. of Lake Ariel died Thursday evening at home surrounded by family and friends following an illness. His wife of 50 years is the former Carol Watkins.
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He was born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Frank and Margaret Ferguson Gibbs and his step-mother, Margaret Jones Gibbs. Before retirement, he had been employed by Erie/Lackawanna and ConRail as a signalman. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He was always "all in" on Friday nights at the shed for his Texas Hold 'em card games. He was also an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed going to Pocono Raceway.
Also surviving are a daughter, Christine Kromko and husband, Robert, of Waymart; a son, Eric and wife, Amy, of Jefferson Twp.; a sister, Jean Kochmanski of Michigan; step-sisters, Georgetta Patchoski and Kathy Cuillo, both of Scranton; grandchildren, Scott, Courtney, Shawn, Matthew, Corey and Kaitlyn; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Belle.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Thomas Jr.; brothers, Robert, Frank and Joseph; sister, Margaret Churnock; and a step-sister, Georgina Davis.
Funeral services will be Monday at 10 a.m. in the James Wilson Funeral Home, 143 Gravity Road, Lake Ariel. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.
Friends may call Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bunker Hill Veterinary Hospital, P.O. Box 310, Route 107, Factoryville, PA 18419.
For directions or to send the family an online condolence, visit www.jameswil sonfuneralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on June 29, 2013