Howard J. Gibbons

Born: Wed., Mar. 25, 1936
Died: Sun., Feb. 5, 2012


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Feb. 08, 2012
Location: Watson Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Thu., Feb. 09, 2012
Location: St. Agnes Catholic Church

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Howard J. Gibbons, 75, of Brewerton passed away Sunday Feb 5, 2012. He was born March 25, 1936 in Cortland, NY a son of Howard & Irene Masterpaul Gibbons. After the passing of his father, Howard was raised by his mother and step father, James H. Cole. Howard was a graduate of Cortland High School and Simmons School of Embalming. Howard also served with the U.S. Army during the 1950’s. On Aug 22, 1959 he married the former Colleen M. Browne. Howard retired from the Crouse- Irving Memorial Hospital as a respiratory therapist in 1988. He then went to work with the Central Square School District as a bus driver retiring in 1996.  Howard was a life member of the Brewerton Vol. Fire Dept. and was currently serving as Fire Commissioner to the Brewerton Fire District where he also served as Past President and held various other offices. He also worked as a paramedic and served as a director to the Brewerton Volunteer Ambulance.
Surviving are his wife Colleen, a daughter, Katherine & John Walsh, Central Square, two sons, Mike & Colleen A. Gibbons, Troy, AL, John & Diane Gibbons, Brewerton, six grandchildren, two great grandchildren, a sister, Linda Cole, Marietta, NY and several nieces & nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be held  10 am Thursday from St. Agnes Church, Brewerton, NY under the direction of the Watson Funeral Home, Central Square, NY. Interment Pine Plains Cemetery, Clay, NY. Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 4-7 pm at the funeral home, 631 S. Main Street. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brewerton Vol. Fire Dept. in lieu of flowers.

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Al and Barb Schill
   Posted Tue February 07, 2012
To Diane and family,

We are very sorry to hear of your loss.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your
Al and Barb Schill (Panera''s customers)

Debbie Dunham
   Posted Tue February 07, 2012
Dear Colleen and family - my heart and prayers are aching for you. We think of you and your family often since we bought your former home on Camic Road so many years ago. Marty & I, Connor & Chad send our sincere condolences to you all. Our home is still full of memories of your life with Howard in Big Bay & in Brewerton. Love, Debbie

Mattydale Fire Department, Mattydale, NY
   Posted Tue February 07, 2012
The Officers and Members
of the
Mattydale Fire Department
join in extending
Heartfelt Sympathy
to you and your family at this
Time of Sorrow.

Sharon & Lenny Rice
   Posted Tue February 07, 2012
To Howards family. We worked with Howard, driving school bus. We had lots of fun and many memories. Howard will be missed by all. Our sincere sympathy to all of you. We are in Florida so we will not be able to pay our respects. So sorry, Sharon and Lenny

Julie & Sam Hart
   Posted Tue February 07, 2012
Sam and I were very sorry to hear that Howard had passed away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Barry Cole
   Posted Tue February 07, 2012
Colleen and Family and Linda Cole:

Regretfully, I am not going to make it to Howard''s services. Hope you know I want to be there with you. Kidney stone issues, work, logistics have kept me home.

My deepest sympathy to each of you. Howard will always be in our hearts and memories. So glad I got to reconnect with the Family. I promise to stay in touch. If I can do anything for you please, please let me know.

Mimi Sullivan
   Posted Tue February 07, 2012
Colleen ~It has been many years since the old Crouse-Irving days. I have many fond memories working there. Gibby and I worked many shifts together. Respiratory Care was very good to us! I also remember skiing in the river off your boat at a staff outing. Long time ago, but memories are an important part of who we are. May Gibby be at peace. I will keep you in my prayers and I wish you many happy memories.
Sincerely~Mimi Sullivan/Dewitt, NY

Debi Taylor
   Posted Tue February 07, 2012
Thoughts and prayers to you Colleen and the family.

Richard and Linda Barling
   Posted Tue February 07, 2012
To our dear friend, Howard you will be missed by many people and the lives that you touched were changed by the way you cared about others. You worked hard at everything you did and always gave your all. You had a way of making life better and we will keep your family and friends in our prayers as we go through these next few days and weeks. To Colleen and the children we can only say if you need us we will be there. You both touched our lives and it changed us for ever. May the peace of God be with all of you. Rich and Linda.

Siobhan & Ray Dempsey
   Posted Wed February 08, 2012
Colleen and family sorry for your loss. Worked with Howard driving school bus, a very nice man. Sorry we won't be attending Howards funeral we now live in Mesquite Nevada. All our prayers are with your family.

Hugh W. Dunn
   Posted Wed February 08, 2012
To Howard''s family and Colleen, you have my deepest condolence, Howard was always the perfect gentleman and a good friend as I worked with him at CS. driving a school bus. he will be deeply missed by all. May God bless you all and hold you all in his arms.
Hugh w. Dunn

Cindy Sabey(Schmunk)
   Posted Wed February 08, 2012

Sorry to hear of your loss! I know it has been many years since I have seen you, but I remember what a great person Howard was! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you go thru this difficult time. With sympathy Cindy Sabey(Schmunk)

Nancy Langley
   Posted Wed February 08, 2012
Sorry to hear of his passing. I know he was well loved by both his family and community, he will be sorely missed.

Judy Woodrige
   Posted Wed February 08, 2012
John I'm sorry for your loss, your father was always a real nice guy. I lost Mom recently too and know how you are feeling. Please call me if you need anything @ 561-2357.

Lucy Otis
   Posted Thu February 09, 2012
So sorry for your loss. It's been a long time since you and Howard worked to keep me out of arrest on that wild ride to the hospital. I've never forgotten the caring professionalism of you both. You both are truly special people and the community has been enriched by the contributions and sacrifices you have made. He will be missed.

   Posted Thu February 09, 2012
I served with Howard in the Brewerton Fire Dept. and what a great person Howard was, soft spoken and firm, My condolences go out to his family, as well as the Brewerton Fire dept. Brothers, sorry for your loss...

Debbie Groom
   Posted Thu February 09, 2012
Mrs. Gibbons and family,

My mom and I are truly sorry for the loss of Howard. Mom speaks highly of him. You all are in our thoughts.


Michele Hamilton (Rosenbarker)
   Posted Thu February 09, 2012
So sorry to hear of Howards' passing, He was always a gentleman, I worked with him driving school bus. We all had some fun times and he will be missed. I'm so sorry I won't be able to make it to pay my respects, we are currently in Florida. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with the family through this very sad time.

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