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GIBBS, Bertram "Bert" Of Marblehead, passed away on February 24, 2013 after a long illness. Bert was born in Chelsea to Lithuanian immigrants Arthur and Shirley (Kaplan) Gibbs, and raised in Chelsea and Revere. He served in the US Marine Corps during WWII and graduated from Revere High School, Class of 1944. He owned and operated the Biltmore Green Luggage Store on Boylston Street, and before that at the Sherry Biltmore Hotel on Massachusetts Avenue, in Boston, for nearly 60 years up until 2008. He was a longstanding member/mason/fraternal brother of the Moses Michael Hayes Lodge and Aleppo Shriners Temple in Boston, lifetime member of the Grand Lodge of Boston and Scottish Rite, Valley of Boston, and longstanding member of the Lion's Club. Growing up, Bert was devoted to his mother and brother, Dr. Richard F. Gibbs, late of Wellesley. Bert later married the late Norma (Adelson) Gibbs, with whom he celebrated 40 years of marriage and shared a passion for dancing. He was dear brother-in-law to Sydney Adelson and his wife Gladys, of Swampscott, George Kurs of NY and Irving Gahm of FL, devoted father to Terry Cominsky and her husband Martin of Houston, TX, and Dawn Colsia of Newton, cherished grandfather to their children, Dr. Michael David Brown and his wife Amanda, of Carrboro, NC, Rayna and Aaron Golub, and Sarah and Rachel Cominsky, and adored great-grandfather to Silas Brown. Bert was also a loving uncle to his nieces Robin Gibbs of Boston and Michele-Gibbs Luna of Seattle, WA, as well as other nieces and nephews on the Adelson side of the family, and a loving cousin to many Gibbs and Kaplan family members, all originally of the Boston, Metro-west and North Shore areas. Bert was known for his warmth, charm and wonderful sense of humor. May peace be with him. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10 AM at Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin St., SALEM. Interment will follow at Sudilokov Cemetery, Fuller Street, Everett. Friends and family are invited to gather immediately following interment at his late residence until 5 PM. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to the Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472. Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel 718-581-2300 www.stanetsky.com.

Published in The Boston Globe on Feb. 25, 2013
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