GIBSON, Elijah Jr.
Elijah Gibson, Jr., 83, of East Hartford and formerly of Colchester and New Haven, widower of the late Geraldine (Hill) Gibson, passed away Sunday, (March 3, 2013). Born Jan. 23, 1930 in New Haven, he was one of the 17 children of the late Elijah and Mabel (Byrd) Gibson. Mr. Gibson worked as an agent for the New York Life Insurance Company for 40 years before his retirement. He was a member and past President of the Colchester Rotary Club, had served with the State Police Auxiliary and as Colchester Tax Assessor. In his spare time, he loved to travel with his wife and was an avid fan of the NY Mets and Giants, as well as the UCONN Huskies. He will be fondly remembered for his smile and his willingness to lend a hand or an ear at any time. He is survived by three sons, Michael of East Hartford, Anthony of West Haven and Craig of Rocky Hill; his daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Vaughan Mitchell of East Hartford; two grandchildren, Jahmal and Brandon Mitchell; seven sisters, Ethel Pope of New Haven, Violet Newton of West Haven, Minnie Richard of Hamden, Corine Browne of New Haven, Christine Turner of Las Vegas, NV, Debbie Carney of West Haven and Gwendolyn Walker of Georgia; two brothers, Raymond of Middletown and Joseph of West Haven; and numerous extended family members and friends. In addition to his loving wife of 56 years, who died Nov. 7, 2010, he was predeceased by two sons, Alan and Balery; four sisters, Joyce Butler, Beverly Dease, Odessa Mayfield and Mamie Gibson; and three brothers, Fred, Harold and Isiah.
The family will receive guests starting at 8 a.m. Saturday March 9 at the Crossroads Community Cathedral, 1492 Silver Lane, East Hartford followed by the Funeral Service at 9 a.m. Committal will follow in the Linwood Cemetery, Colchester. Care of arrangements has been entrusted to the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester. For online condolences, please visit www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com.