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Francis D. Gibbons, 85

Shrewsbury - Francis D. Gibbons, 85, of Shrewsbury, died Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at his home after a brief illness.

He leaves his wife, Mary M. (Foley) Fryer Gibbons; four daughters, Kathleen A. Preston of Brattleboro, VT, Ann Gibbons-Smith and her husband James Smith of Worcester, Donna M. Gibbons and her husband Mark Peterson of Apple Valley, MN, and Dian A. Birch of Chatham; two stepsons, Thomas Francis Fryer and his wife Elizabeth of Arlington, VA and Timothy J. Fryer and his wife Kathryn of Worcester; nine grandchildren, Shannon R. Preston, Ryan Britton and her husband Lee Britton, Rosemary, Kathleen and Elizabeth Smith, Patrick and Sarah Gibbons-Peterson, and Courtney and Thomas Birch. His first wife Louise A. (Martin) Gibbons died in 1998. His sister Patricia Higgins of Indianapolis, IN also predeceased him.

Francis was born in Worcester, son of Dewey F. and Sarah W. (Waters) Gibbons. He has lived in Shrewsbury for more than 20 years. He also spent summers at his home in Harwich Port and many winters at his home in Sarasota, FL.

He attended St. Peter's Grammar School and St. Peter's High School in Worcester and Hebron Academy in Maine. He was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. After college, he served in the U.S. Army including a deployment to West Germany.

After his military service, Francis began a long insurance career working for the Frederick L. O'Brien Insurance Agency, along with the Russell D. Ockerbloom Insurance Agency and the Robert T. Curran Insurance Agency, all of which he later purchased and became the O'Brien & Gibbons Insurance Agency on Highland St. in Worcester. He has remained associated with the agency until his passing. He was also president of the Francis D. Gibbons Realty Company and served on the Commonwealth Automobile Reinsurers of Boston.

Francis was the treasurer of the political campaign committee of the late Worcester Congressman Joseph D. Early. He was a longtime member of Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, serving as president of the golf club for seven years and as treasurer for the annual PGA tournaments. Francis was a member of the Alhambra Council #88. He was active with the Emerald Club and received the club's Shillelagh Award. Francis had a long and deep involvement with many community organizations and charities in the Worcester area. He was a "Worcester legend."

Gibby enjoyed playing golf and also belonged to Cummaquid Golf Club on Cape Cod, Palm Aire Country Club and Gator Creek Golf Club in Sarasota. He was also a member of the former Metropolitan Diners Club in Worcester.

Gibby loved the company of his countless friends. He enjoyed watching the summer beach rituals of Cape Codders from the deck of his home in Harwich Port. Most importantly, he loved his family, especially cheering on the activities and achievements of his grandchildren.

Calling hours are Sunday, October 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral Mass will be Monday, October 24, at 10 a.m. at St. John's Church, 40 Temple St., Worcester. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Worcester.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Francis's memory may be made to the Children's Glaucoma Foundation, 2 Longfellow Place, Suite 201, Boston, MA 02114 (, the Food Allergy Research and Education, 7925 Jones Beach Drive, Suite 1100, McLean, VA 22101 (, or St. John's Food for the Poor Program, 44 Temple St., Worcester, MA 01604.

Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Oct. 20 to Oct. 23, 2016.
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December 27, 2016
I'm saddened to learn of the passing of my cousin Franny. He was such a wonderful, thoughtful and generous man. I have always been so proud to be his cousin.
All those who knew him will miss him.
My deepest condolences to Mary and to his beautiful four daughters.
RIP Gibby ... you earned it.
Paul Waters
November 9, 2016
frannies's smile lit up the world

old family friend from 02646
edward donovan
October 26, 2016
ann and family very sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers will be with your dad and your family may he rest in peace
herb gurney
October 25, 2016
We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Gibbons passing. He was a kind and funny guy. I am sure that my father was there to great him as he arrived in Heaven
Brian Casey
October 23, 2016
We are saddened at the news of Mr. Gibbons passing this week. He was always so generous to us and fun to be around. His greatest legacy is his wonderful children and grandchildren who will carry on his love of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with all our dear friends.
Adrienne Lee John Hennessy
October 23, 2016
Dear Mary and Family:

We are very sorry about the passing of Fran.
Fran was a wonderful family man, fine gentleman, outstanding citizen, and a great friend to all who knew him.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
John and Debbie Gibbons
October 23, 2016
Hon. and Mrs. Dennis Brennan offer their deepest condolences to the family in this time of loss. We enjoyed Gibby's friendship for many years at PV. May he rest with God and in peace.
Hon. Dennis Brennan
October 22, 2016
A true Irishman in every sense of the word. There was never a time when we met that you didn't walk away laughing . My sympathy goes out to his wife and family for the loss of this truly one of a kind gentleman.
Claire O'Brien
October 22, 2016
Kathy, I'm so sorry to read of your loss. Our fathers had a lot in common, both Worcester "legends," and my father had asked about yours a few times. In this very difficult time, you are in my kind thoughts.
Beth Foley
October 22, 2016
i have had the pleasure of getting to know Gibby and how much he loved his family. You are all n my prayers. I am eternally grateful that I knew Gibby.
John Finn
October 21, 2016
Ann.....Your friends at Gilbane (Bill Kearney & Pat) send our prayers and sympathy to you and your family in the loss of this great guy, otherwise known as your dad. We hope all your memories will comfort you and are thankful he is now at peace.
Patricia Barrie
October 21, 2016
Tim, Kate
I'm sorry to hear of your loss. You both are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathy Gordon
October 21, 2016
Dear Mary and family our deepest condolences to you on Fran's passing. We are in Florida so we re unable to attend his wake or funeral but he will be in our prayers. May your many good memories sustain you at this difficult time.God Bless.
Mary and Paul Goyette
October 21, 2016
So sad to hear about Mr. Gibbons. I have many fond memories of him, and the kindnesses he showed to our family. My Dad, Austin, thought the world of him. May he rest In peace. Love and prayers to his family.
Jody Kennedy Valade
October 21, 2016
To all of my Gibbons cousins...I remember the summers when Uncle Franny would pick Jeanne and me up and bring us to the Cape to spend a few nights with you guys and Aunt Louise. They are such fond memories, and Jeanne and I often talked about how fortunate we were to have spent time with all of you...may you find comfort in your memories of your dad. God bless.
Patti Martin-Cox
October 21, 2016
Ann, Jimmy, Kathy,Donna Dian,Mary,Ryan Rose Kathleen and Elizabeth,
Our deepest sympathy, your Dads ready smile will be missed as we make our annual trek to Harwichport. May all your treasured
memories bring you peace at this difficult time. We will keep you in our prayers.
Love Trish Steve Kyle Martin and Dan Tonna
October 21, 2016
Dian, Ann, Jimmy, Donna, Kathy, Mary, and extended family, Our deepest condolences and thinking of you all during this difficult time. Love Mary, Keith, Abby & Ben.
Mary Thurber
October 21, 2016
Mary, Steve and I are heartbroken and will miss Fran very much. Please know that we'll always be here for you.
October 21, 2016

Thank you for serving our country. May your family find comfort in their faith and may you Rest in Peace.
Dr.Timothy Hoffman
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