OGDENSBURG, New York (WWNY) – Funeral services for Robert A. Gibson, 84, of Ogdensburg will be held privately this spring at Beech Plains Cemetery in West Pierrepont. In accordance with his wishes, there will be no call times or funeral services. Mr. Gibson died on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at United Helpers Maplewood Nursing Home in Canton.
Arrangements are under the direction of LaRue & Pitcher Funeral Home.
Robert A. Gibson was born on July 8, 1937 in Gouverneur, NY. He was the son of the late Glenn A. and the late Verna (Sawyer) Gibson. He graduated from the Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1955 and enlisted in the United States Navy, where he proudly served from 1958 to 1962 on the destroyer USS Walke DD-723. He continued his service in the Naval Reserve from 1962 to 1978. On August 18, 1959, he married Helen Mae Faria. Helen died February 7, 1998. Robert grew up and lived most of his life in the Second Ward, his parents owned Gibson Radio on Lake Street, he worked for a time at the old Pepsi Bottlers factory on Lincoln Ave. and had a full career with the City of Ogdensburg Filtration Plant from 1963 until his retirement in 1998. Mr. Gibson was a self-taught guitarist and played in several country-western bands in the area. He loved his dogs, his favorite breeds being Rottweilers and Dobermans. He loved the river, trains and the outdoors. He owned property in Russell which he named “Woodland Acres”, a wooded paradise in which he hoped to retire, but was unable to do so due to his health.
He is survived by his children; Robert (Amy Wright) from Maiden, North Carolina, Helen (Loren) Sholette from Baldwinsville and Robin (James) McGaw from Ogdensburg. Eleven grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren also survive him.
He was predeceased by his parents Glenn A. Gibson and Verna Gibson and his wife Helen Mae Gibson.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to: Gracious Friends Animal Sanctuary 820 State Highway 58, Heuvelton, NY 13654 or to the Alzheimer’s Association by visiting www.alz.org/centralnewyork.
Online condolences can be made at www.LaRuePitcher.com.
The family of Robert A. Gibson would like to thank the skilled United Helpers nursing staff at Riverledge and Maplewood United Helpers Nursing Homes for the excellent care their father received.
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