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JACK HERSEY GIBSON (published on April 11, 2009)



JACK HERSEY GIBSON 1917 - 2009 Peacefully, but suddenly; it is with deep regret that we announce the death of Jack Hersey Gibson on Sunday, April 5, 2009, in Winnipeg, at the age of 91 years. Remaining to forever cherish Jack's memory are his sons Barry and Jack; and grandchildren Coral, Ryan and Penny Lee. He was predeceased by his parents Margaret and Jesse; by brother Len and; sister Betty. Jack attended Normal School in Brandon in 1935 to 1936 where he met his future wife Betha Bradley. Soon afterward he received his first teaching position in the Asessippi valley in Western Manitoba. Jack and Betha were married in September of 1939. Changing gears, he and his wife bought a farm near Russell MB, and they worked it until he entered the Air Force during the Second World War. After discharge at the end of 1944, Jack's love of teaching led him back into the classroom. In 1948 he took a position with Minnedosa North School and eventually became principal. A new opportunity came and he became a school inspector in 1956, based in Grandview. Then in 1968 he re-located to Winnipeg in order to inspect in the Morris-McDonald School Division. After he retired from inspecting in 1976 Jack went back teaching, this time with Stonewall Collegiate. For another six years he did what he loved most - helping students and giving them the confidence to succeed. Jack was very fond of the outdoor life and his cabin at Rush Bay on Lake-Of-The-Woods. He undertook a number of ambitious renovation projects over the years and transformed the little fixer-upper cottage into a genuine showplace. He was also an enthusiastic fisherman and never tired of telling friends how proud he was that his wife could clean any fish he reeled in. On Monday, April 13 Jack's funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd, 673 Silverstone Avenue.


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