GILBERT BUSSEY Sr.
1939 - 2019
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BUSSEY Captain Gilbert Ivery BuSsey, Sr. MPD-7D (Ret.) Gilbert Ivery Bussey, Sr. (Gil) passed away peacefully on May 12, 2019. Gil was born on September 17, 1939 in Edgefield, SC as the fourth of six children of the Reverend Alex W. Bussey, Sr. and Mattie (Phillips) Bussey. The family moved to the Deanwood section of NE Washington, DC when Gil was a toddler. He was educated in the DC Public Schools and graduated from Spingarn Senior High School in 1957. Gil enlisted in the US Air Force in 1957 and spent four years on active duty as an Airman. After his honorable discharge in 1961, he joined the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in 1962. He met and married Jane Taylor in 1963. From this 50 year union, two children were born: Pamela Maria and Gilbert Jr. In 1979, Gil was promoted to Det. Sergeant in the MPD Youth Division. In 1984, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and attained the position of Director of the MPD Boys & Girls Clubs. In this position, he had direct oversight of activities designed to positively impact children who would other wise be home alone or on the street. In 1987, Gil was promoted to the rank of Captain and was assigned to the 7th District in Southeast. He always managed those under his command with a positive attitude and genuine concern. Gil retired from the MPD in 1990 receiving a host of awards for his distinguished service. After retirement Gil enrolled at University of the District of Columbia, graduating in 1997 with a B.A. in English. He came out of retirement to work as a Public Safety Officer at Georgetown University in 1992 and retired once again in 2002. Gil was a resident of the Penn Branch neighborhood for over 50 years and a past president of the Penn Branch Citizens Civic Association. He was a Forestville Mall Walker and a mentor at the SE White House/DC Dream Center. He also traveled extensively with his siblings and his son. Gil was a devoted member of New Canaan Baptist Church for his entire life. He held various roles: trustee, treasurer, choir singer, van driver for seniors, and a security patroller. Gil loved baseball. He played and coached throughout his life and would routinely quote baseball statistics of his favorite players. He enjoyed the television game show "Jeopardy!" and enjoyed quizzing friends with trivia. He valued education and never missed an opportunity to encourage young people. Gil was an incredible husband, father, grandfather, uncle, mentor and loyal friend who will be sorely missed. Mourning his loss are son, Gil Jr. (Teresa); grandchildren, Camille and Caden; brothers, Alex (Jackie) and Ronald (Faye); sisters, Naomi Alton and Henrietta Shaw; aunt, Helen Cain; and a large group of extended family and friends. He was predeceased by both parents, wife, Jane, daughter, Pamela and brother, Charles. All may call on Monday, May 20, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. followed by his funeral at 11 a.m. at New Canaan Baptist Church, 2826 Bladensburg Rd, NE, Washington, DC 20018. Interment will follow at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, 4001 Suitland Road, Suitland, MD 20746. All may call on Monday, May 20, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. followed by his funeral at 11 a.m. at New Canaan Baptist Church, 2826 Bladensburg Rd, NE, Washington, DC 20018. Interment will follow at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, 4001 Suitland Road, Suitland, MD 20746.

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Published in The Washington Post from May 17 to May 18, 2019.
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August 22, 2019
James Proctor
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June 1, 2019
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Pat Sheppard
May 30, 2019
Gil Jr. (Buddy), may you find comfort in remembering all the guidance, strength, and love with which your father touched your life. Those precious gifts will always live on in you. I was so very sad to learn of the passing of your father. He was a wonderful person and a good man. You and your family will always hold a special place in my heart. You guys were a second family to me and I have so many great memories from those past days that I will always treasure. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Love and hugs, Debbie (old Texas Ave. neighbor)
Debra Moriarty
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May 18, 2019
To Gil Jr.(Buddy) So very sorry to read of your loss. Your dad and mom were the best neighbors, for their sincere caring always meant so much. Know that he and your mom and Pam are always with you, no matter when you need them and that will never end. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Old neighbor- Trish(Pat)
May 18, 2019
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Linda Burch
May 18, 2019
My sympathy goes out to the Family during this time of grief. May God's loving kindness comfort and help you through this difficult time. Psalms 119:76
Yessica
May 18, 2019
To The Family of Mr. Gilbert Bussey a true gentleman whose knowledge wisdom and quick wit of trivia facts people found him to be amazing He was a great leader in which he led as a stellar official with humility and kindness. I will truly miss this kind man and so will others that was impacted by him. Fervent prayers are with all. From Labor To Reward.
S. A.
May 17, 2019
Gilbert Bussey. Our Historian at the Southeast White House at Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast, will truly be missed. He was a great person and very kind to all of us. He was a caring person. He visited and called the sick , until his own health began to decline. I will keep the family in my heart and prayers. I will miss your dry sense of humor. God bless.
Helen Fisher-Ferguson
May 17, 2019
Love you Uncle Gil!
Sandra, Von, Aleah Cylas & Julian Leon
Family
May 17, 2019
RIP..Long time friend & mentor..
Raymond L Gray
May 17, 2019
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May 17, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Gilbert will be in our hearts and memories forever. Wishing you strength and peace during this time.
Kirk and Karen White
May 17, 2019
My condolences to the family for the loss of your dear loved one. Everything your loved one was...kind, loving and thoughtful will live in the hearts and memories of those that loved them. May these memories comfort you during your grieving process.
May 17, 2019
my condolences to the family. may the God of all comfort sustain you through this difficult time.
May 17, 2019
Please find peace in knowing that He understands your grief and He cares. 1 Peter 5:6, 7
Saj
May 17, 2019
Mr. Bussey was an outstanding neighbor and a outstanding president of the Penn Branch Citizens Civic Association in Ward 7. His kindness, integrity and warm demeanor will be missed.
S & J Bush
Neighbor
May 17, 2019
To the family and friends of Gilbert Bussey Sr.: Please accept my dearest and heartfelt sympathy; I am so sorry for your loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this difficult time. Isaiah 61:1,2
RK
May 16, 2019
GIL Jr. and Family, Thoughts are with you during this difficult time. A time like this is difficult for so many people. May it comfort you to know that there is support with you at all times from friends and loved ones.
Trudy Boyd(Spingarn Clasmate)
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