Joseph Francis Gibson
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Joe was born at home on January 19th, 1926 to Francis J. and Mary Sweeney Gibson. Joe died at home on October 6, 2013 with his family by his side. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. John the Beloved Church, Milltown Rd., attended by immediate family on October 15th. Burial was at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Cemetery, Greenville.
Joe was educated at St. Paul Parochial School and Wilmington public schools. Always the student, he took classes and courses when he wanted to study a subject.
At seventeen, with his father's permission, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army AIR Corps Training Program during WW II. He was in pilot training when the war ended and was honorably discharged. He was a founding member of the Delaware Air National Guard where he served as Hanger Chief of the 208th ASG. Subsequently, for thirty three years, until his retirement from Federal Service, Joe held positions at various government facilities including Resident Inspector of Ordnance at Lenape Ordnance Modification Center; Air Force Procurement Inspector at Fairchild Aircraft Corporation and Deputy Director of Housing and Development at the Wilmington HUD/FHA Insuring Office. He was a charter member of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers (later the Appraisal Institute), where he held a professional designation. After retiring from government services, Joe was an independent real estate appraiser for ten years.
A member of St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church, he served as a Special Minister of the Eucharist at church and to the home bound. He was also an altar server and in the offertory counting group. He was an original member of St. John the Beloved Parish and lived in Sherwood Park for thirty six years.
Joe and his family enjoyed vacations near Lake Placid, N.Y. The 1980 Olympic Games was indeed a very special experience to him. Crossing the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on cruises that had many ports of call and flying on the Concord were pleasures greatly appreciated.
Joe was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Francis J. Jr., wife, Marion, a special aunt, Elizabeth T. Horgan; and other beloved aunts, uncles and cousins. He is survived by his brother, John F., his wife, Janet of Seaford, DE and their families. He is also survived by three nieces and their families and cousins.
Loving and much loved and treasured by his family, Joe is survived by his wife of sixty years, Joyce Stone, and five children and their families; his daughter, Nancy and her three children, Andrea(Todd), Daniel and David(Colleen); three sons, Stephen, his wife, Carol and their two children; Matthew(Laura) and Crystal; Brian, his wife, Margaret (Margie); Michael, his wife, Lori, their three children, Jennifer, Caitlin and Sean; and his daughter, Laura.
Donations in memory of Joe can be made to St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808.
Joe had a wonderful sense of humor and quick wit which we treasure. He always had an answer on the tip of this tongue and made us laugh every day. We thank Joe for the music and for giving it to us. Good night, Gods Bless, dear Joe.
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Doherty Funeral Homes - Pike Creek
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Wilmington, DE 19808
Published in The News Journal from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8, 2013