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Born: Mar 21, 1931

Date of Passing: Apr 20, 2022

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March 21, 1931 - April 20, 2022

Is everything okay? Do you need anything? His customary greeting, Earl loved to lend a helping hand and lived his life thinking of others before himself. He is now in Utopia, as he often called it. He delighted in such pragmatisms and had a brilliant repertoire of wise sayings, coupled with a clever sense of humour.
Earl was a gentleman and a force to be reckoned with. A member of a disappearing generation, he was a sharp businessman and dressed the part. He maintained his dapper sense of fashion for the rest of his life.
Earl was a sophisticated man, yet loved to have fun. Some of his most treasured times were at his cottage at Big Whiteshell Lake, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He lit bonfires, played games, fished and enjoyed boating. He kept the neatest woodpile on the lake. Earl's passion was spending time with family in nature, no matter what the season.
Earl graduated from Daniel McIntyre Collegiate and was a bright student with exquisite penmanship and communication skills. He was hired at Imperial Oil Ltd. and excelled into management, where he proudly worked until his retirement. He was a member of the Khartum Temple for many years, a Shriner with the Drum and Bugle Corp and a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years. Earl pursued other interests including curling, golfing, birdwatching, history, attending Bomber games and gardening. He was a tomato expert. Earl enjoyed many travels with family and friends and had a long and full life.
Earl was born in Winnipeg and grew up on Alexander Avenue. He was the only child of Herbert Henry Morris Patrick Gibbons, a former U.S. Marine turned printer and Leona (Cooke), homemaker. Married in 1954, he is survived by his wife Hope; daughters, Cheryl (late Andrew), Glenda (Ralph), Lisa (Michael); four grandchildren, Lindsey, Alexis, Justin and Geena and two great-granddaughters, Lara and Elin.
He is beloved by all and his loss will leave a hole in our hearts forever.
Earl passed away peacefully at Heritage Lodge Personal Care Home after having been placed in care for dementia during the last year. He fought it with his usual strong will and determination, until his final breath.
If people so desire, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Fort Whyte Centre, or Ducks Unlimited.
A private family service will be held in his honour.

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Publish Date: Apr 30, 2022


With heavy hearts, the family of Earl Gibbons announces his passing on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at Heritage Lodge at the age of 91 years.
A longer obituary notice to follow.

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Publish Date: Apr 22, 2022

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 22, 2022, Apr 30, 2022

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • So sorry to hear of Earls passing. I worked with Earl at IOL in the 80’s. Me a young buck (as he would call us new recruits). Taught me a few things. Always a gentleman and we’ll dressed! Was great to have know him. - Posted by: Craig (Co worker. ) on: Nov 06, 2022

  • I’m sorry it’s taken this long to send my Condolences to all Earls’ family and friends. Yes, we sure have lots of fond memories of the Gibbons family joining ours at each others home for many a laugh. Hope and Earl were always so incredibly kind people. I’m saddened that like most good intentions we hadn’t gotten together since bumping into each other at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory Restaurant I believe in 2017. 💔 My thoughts and prayers to all. - Posted by: Gail Limerick-Trepanier (Family friend ) on: Jun 08, 2022

  • Although it’s been many years since I last saw anyone from the Gibbons family (I’ve lived in Victoria BC for 19 yrs), I will always remember the good times we all had way back (when my two sisters and I were very young and we played with Cheryl and Glenda, and maybe Lisa too). Hope and Earl were my Godparents❤️ and they often attended special ceremonies my parents had. Earls’ voice & his laugh, and the kindness from both Hope and Earl, will stick with me forever. I’m so sorry for what all his family and friends are going through in the loss of this great man. I just saw this notice a few minutes ago and send my condolences to all. - Posted by: Lynn Wilson (old family friend (god child)) on: May 13, 2022

  • So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. We just wanted to let you know we are thinking of you all during this time. May all the great memories you have make it easier.. they will never disappear. Our deepest condolences, Olga, Lydia and Nadine. - Posted by: Nadine Sheyka (Family friend) on: May 03, 2022

  • Our deepest condolences to Lisa and family. - Posted by: Jan Allary (Former workmate and friend of Lisa's) on: Apr 30, 2022

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