Robert Edward Gibbs, 81, of Hingham, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Monday, 9 March 2015, surrounded by his family after fighting pneumonia.
He was born 23 March 1933 in Stoughton, Massachusetts, son of Harland Gibbs and Jennie Wallin. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his son, Marc R. Gibbs and wife Megan L. Motherway of Washington, D.C.; his two daughters, Patricia Candee Gibbs and wife Sara E. Northrup of Northampton, Massachusetts, and Tolly G. Zonenberg and husband Edward Zonenberg of Simsbury, Connecticut; and his three grandsons, Nicholas Zonenberg, Andrew Zonenberg and William Gibbs Northrup.
Bob was an avid swimmer and lifeguard, and taught swimming and trained instructors at YMCA in his youth. He was a veteran of the Korean War, graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where he excelled in varsity swimming. He served as commodore of the Hingham Yacht Club and continued to serve on its many committees to ensure the safety and integrity of the piers and structures.
Bob was an active member in his community, including the Rotary Club, Veterans Council, United States Power Squadron and the Lincoln Sailing Club, giving access to sailing and boating skills to children and teenagers who could not have otherwise afforded it. He believed that higher education should be affordable to everyone and served on several local scholarship committees.
Bob loved nothing more than racing his sailboats with his loyal crew of family in the local regattas and spending time laughing with his family and teaching his children how to ski, use tools and sail. He kept active in the recent years by learning ocean navigation and walking and bowling with “the boys.” He will be remembered as a loving and devoted father who was honest, kind and generous.
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