It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Dad, Brian Wayne Gibson on May 17th, 2022 at the age of 69. Our Dad was a fighter to the very end when he took his final breath surrounded by his loving children.
Brian has left our presence to be reunited with his father Merv, mother Margaret, brother Bruce and sister Christina. Cherishing his memory are his children; Dallas (Rhonda), Darcy (Colby), Tara (Greg), Chelsea (Trevor), Megan (Lee) and his nine grandchildren who he loved beyond measure; Kalib (Sukey), Laiken, Jaxon, Callie, Madi, Kaycee, Wyatt, Isla and Hanna, whom they affectionately referred to as ‘Pop Pop’. He also leaves behind many extended family members and dear friends.
Known to many as “Gibby”, he began his career as an Oak Bay Firefighter in 1976 where he was of service to his community until his retirement in 2005. Dad was an avid outdoorsman who was a natural born fisherman spending much of his life on the water, becoming a master of his craft as a top angler in several derbies throughout the years. He also had a passion for hunting, spending weeks on end in the bush in central and northern BC where he took a more laid back approach. When he wasn’t hiding in his tree stand, he was dreaming about the perfect buck while resting his eyes on the side of a dirt road.
During his final days, Dad’s humour and stubbornness kept the doctors and nursing staff on their toes. Our family would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Dr. Jeremy Christensen, the nursing staff and support team at RJH for their amazing care and perseverance in our Dad’s extremely complicated and evolving condition. Even with the state of our healthcare system in crisis, you provided him with the care and professionalism that was above and beyond what we could expect in this difficult situation, and no words can express our thanks to you and your unwavering commitment to our father’s care and comfort in his final days.
A celebration of life will be planned for this summer. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society in Gibby’s honor.
Tight lines Dad…