Richard Gibbons was born in Cleveland in 1938. He graduated from Shaker Heights High School and attended Ohio University where he majored in electrical engineering. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1963.
Richard delivered for the Cleveland Press and Cleveland Plain Dealer. He drove the Good Humor and Goodwill Truck and delivered the mail at Christmas time. Richard worked a short time for Health Mor Inc., London Road Electric, Hatfield Electric, Standard Electric, Perma Seating and Saw and Knife.
Richard enjoyed music. He was treasurer of Phi Mu Alpha and was the only member who was not a music major. He sang with the Ohio University Men's Glee Club, the Philharmonic Chorale, the Cleveland Orchestra Choir, the Plymouth Church Choir and The Hillcrest Barbershop Quartet.
He volunteered at the Mount Pleasant Community Center. Richard enjoyed biking as a member of American Youth Hostel. He toured much of the United States and enjoyed a trip to the Holy Lands.
He was a board member of Hill House, a center to help people with emotional illness return to normal living through social activities and other services. He was president of Operation Crossover, a social group for members of Hill House.
Richard lived in Peninsula at Northampton Meadows, a group home where he was sometimes used as a driver. He was an avid reader and follower of math and science. He had an extensive library.
Richard was a giving person who loved to shop for bargains. He gave his finds to family and friends. He tried to be a good son, brother, and uncle, and he was. Richard will be greatly missed.
Richard Burt Gibbons of Peninsula, OH. Beloved son of the late Norma and Arthur Gibbons. Dear brother of Carol Gibbons Gabriel of Solon, OH. Dear uncle of Spencer Gabriel (Debi) of Sharon Township and Jeffrey Gabriel of San Francisco, CA. Great uncle of Spencer Gabriel II and Lena Gabriel.
The family prefers that those who wish make contributions in his name to Wayside Farms, 4557 Quick Rd., Peninsula, OH 44264.
A Memorial Service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 3445 Warrensville Center Rd., Shaker Hts., OH 44122 on Thursday, February 12th at 4 PM.
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