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December 11, 2013

Herbert J. Gibson

Herbert J. Gibson

GREEN ISLAND — Herbert R. Gibson, 64, of Green Island, died peacefully at Albany Medical Center on Dec. 7, 2013.

He was born in Oneonta, the son of the late Herbert A. and Grace Paris Gibson. He graduated from Delhi Tech and the University of Georgia and was employed by the NYS Health Department, working first as a food service inspector and then on computer programs tracking lead poisoning.

Diagnosed with juvenile diabetes as a small child, Herb faced many serious health challenges throughout his life. The family extends appreciation to the many medical professionals who supported him.

Herb was active for many years in various committees and ministry teams at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Green Island, Hope United Methodist Church in Eagle Mills and Pawling Avenue United Methodist Church in Troy. His musical talent and wonderful voice added to the music ministries of the church choirs and a worship band. He was much loved by his church families. His perseverance and positive attitude despite his health challenges were an inspiration to those who knew him.

Herb’s beloved children survive him: his son, Kyle (partner Kristy Coluccio) and grandson, Cooper of Troy; and his daughter, Chantel (fiancé, Dannon Allbee) of Seattle. Also surviving are six sisters and their families: Lucille Davis, Jane Cleverley, Marjorie Sundfors, Arlene Leitzke, Helen Gibson and Carol Alm; his best friend, Melanie Tuxbury; and sustaining friends who enabled him to live independently.

A memorial service conducted by Pastor Dave Martin will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Hope United Methodist Church, 566 Brunswick Road, Troy, (village of Eagle Mills). Friends may call before the service beginning at 5 p.m.

Memorial gifts may be directed to any of Herb’s churches or a charitable organization of your choosing.

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