Joseph V. Gibbons

Born: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020
Died: Mon., Jan. 6, 2020

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North Grosvenordale: Joseph V. Gibbons, 82, who so many of us hold dear, passed away January 6, at UMass Memorial Hospital after a period of declining health.
    His daughter Elizabeth and loving family and many friends whom he adored survive him.

    In the 1950’s, Joseph served in the Strategic Air Command in Rabat, Morocco. His military experience allowed him to expand his understanding of other cultures and was instrumental to his desire to seek out intellectual pursuits. Despite a lack of formal training, he possessed a remarkable knowledge of literature, art and religions.

    Joseph was committed to actively engaging in community issues such as public works in Thompson.  Most importantly he shared his life long love of music and beginning in 2003 Joseph introduced the great works of opera to the LiR community at Quinebaug Community College. He will be deeply missed by those who came to know him and experience his wisdom, humor and generous spirit.

As he wished, Joseph will be cremated.  His loving family will share a celebration of his life at a later date. To leave a condolence message for his family please visit:

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Joan L Buell
   Posted Thu January 16, 2020
To Joe's Family, As a member, and former president of LiR, I want to offer my condolences on your loss. My first encounter with Joe was when he taught a series on opera at LiR. I had had little exposure to opera of any kind, but from that day I was hooked, and attended every class he gave. I enjoyed chatting with him after classes, and have missed him in recent years. We at LiR send our love, Joan Buell

Elaine Abry
   Posted Fri April 24, 2020
Dear Elizabeth,
I tried phoning your Father yesterday as we hadn't spoken in a while and was very sad to then learn of his passing. Our Mother enjoyed many years with him and Joseph and I stayed in touch over the years after her passing. Sending condolences from our whole family to all of yours. Hoping you are all safe and healthy during this very difficult time.
Lainy Abry

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