Westborough – Peter George Gibbs, 80, of Albion, Mich., and most recently a resident at the Willows in Westborough, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 29, 2013.
He is survived by his sister, Margaret, and his brother, Alan, both who reside in England. He is predeceased by his parents, Sydney and Amy Mary Madeline, both of London, England.
Peter was born Aug. 4, 1932 in London, England. He received his formal education in that area and, in his early years, worked as a jig and tool draughtsman. Peter also served in the British Army and was deployed to Egypt during the Suez Crisis in 1956. In 1957, he married Brenda (Wendy) Kathleen Bishop, of Wembley, England, the mother of his four children, who tragically passed away in 2004.
In 1966, Wendy and Peter followed their dream for a better life and immigrated to the United States with their young family, Stephen, Jenney, and Andrew. The family moved to Framingham, where a fourth child was born, Sarah. The family resided in Framingham and later Easthampton for approximately 15 years.
During that time, Peter worked as an engineer in the Massachusetts area for both Honeywell, Digital and Unisys. In his later years, he moved to Michigan, where he worked as a quality control engineer until his retirement at age 74 for Sparton Corporation.
Peter had many friends in that area, including his very close acquaintances, Paulette, Kathy and Terrence, all who will miss him greatly.
Besides his brother Alan and his sister Margaret, Peter is survived by his four children, Stephen of Westborough, Jenney of Yorkshire, England, Andrew of London, England, and Sarah, of Kent, England; his grandchildren, Connor Gibbs and Adam Gibbs of Westborough, Nicholas Henderson and Sophie Henderson of Yorkshire, England, Eliza Gibbs and Finn Gibbs of London, England, and Elle Dalmedo, Isabel Dalmedo and Amelia Dalmedo of Kent, England.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the members of Beaumont at the Willows in Westborough, especially Mauro and Josephine. Their dedication and effort to provide quality care over the last six weeks of his life were a heartwarming blessing to the entire family. We thank God for the gift of his life and the blessing of the time we spent with him there. He greatly enjoyed his walks around the park-like grounds with his son Stephen and his wife Linda. He adored his grandsons Connor and Adam, who both made regular visits to him, including watching the Boston Bruins with him, during the playoffs.
A graveside funeral service will be held honoring Peter Tuesday, July 16, at 2:00 p.m., in St. Luke's Cemetery of Westborough, officiated by Father Jesse Abell.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018 or at www.parkinsons.org.
The family is also planning a memorial service in England for his relatives there, as well as in Albion, Mich., for his friends there.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Harper-Pickering Westborough Funeral Home.