John Gibbons

Born: Sat., Oct. 25, 1941
Died: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

No services to be held


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Wed., Oct. 30, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Wed., Oct. 30, 2019
Location: J.M. Jobes Funeral Home

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John Leroy Gibbons “Gibby”
Sydney Mines

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to all, John Leroy Gibbons, better known as Gibby.
Dad enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time at the family spot in Boisdale.
He owned J&J Autobody for over 40 years with his friend Jimmy Young before retirement.
Gibby really enjoyed horses. He spent 45 years in the sport of harness racing. He has had many good horses throughout his career, but his favourite would have to be Beaully Katherine. He was inducted into the Cape Breton Horseman’s Hall of Fame in 2012. His passion for horses was passed on to his children and grandchildren as they all showed and some continue to show throughout Cape Breton.
Gibby was like a second dad to the many children who lived on Brooklyn Avenue. His house was always a welcome place in the neighbourhood.
Dad was a generous man who always helped when needed He would give you the shirt off his back. He also had a great sense of humour and loved getting people going (mostly Mom).
Dad & Mom we’re married for 48 years before she predeceased him in 2012. Together they raised six children, who he was extremely proud of; Gail (Johnny) Murphy, Port Hawkesbury; Deanna (Andrew) Lennark, Dartmouth; John (Sharon), Sydney Mines; Suzanne (Scott) Tobin, Greenwood; Cheryl Gibbons, Kugaaruk, NU & Bonnie (Andrew Lewis), Balls Creek
Poppy had seven grandchildren that were his pride and joy; Jennifer (Michael), Shawn, Jocelyn, Jacob, Katie, Maggie & Jill.
He also leaves behind his brother Bobby, and sister Kay as well as many nieces and nephews.
At Dad’s request, there will be no service, visitation only. Visitation will be held in J.M. Jobes Funeral Home, 635 Main St, Sydney Mines, Wednesday, October 30, 2019, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Family Flowers only. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John’s name to the Canadian Diabetes Association and/or the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation.
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Andy and Julie Green
   Posted Fri October 25, 2019
Our condolences to all of the Gibbon Family

Michael and Joanne
   Posted Fri October 25, 2019
Our deepest condolences to the family.
May he Rest In Peace.

Unifor local 2216
   Posted Fri October 25, 2019
We the union would like to send our condolences to Susan and the family, our thoughts and prayers are with you

peggy young phillipo
   Posted Fri October 25, 2019
gail and famlly so sorry to hear of your loss your dad was so kind to my family him and jimmie in auto together taking carter fishing when we were young taking us fishing in middle river we thought it was great well gibb rest in peace such a kind man

florence jobes
   Posted Fri October 25, 2019
our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time , so very sorry to hear of the passing of your dad he was a wonderful man and friend to my husband john lawrence cann , john will miss him dearly .. as will i

mary mchattie
   Posted Fri October 25, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you...Mary

Bob and Paula keefe
   Posted Fri October 25, 2019
Our heartfelt condolences are sent to all of Johnnies Family,he will be missed by many

Lauretta Balderston
   Posted Fri October 25, 2019

Please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of this wonderful man.
I remember the time my car stopped outside Baddeck. My sister, son and I were quite concerned how we would get back to Sydney Mines. Along came Mr. Gibbons and generously piled all of us in his vehicle and took us safely home. He knew us from when we lived on Brooklyn Avenue! A real neighbour in a time of need!
May God bring you comfort at this time!
Blessings and prayers.

Brenda Rankin
   Posted Fri October 25, 2019
My deepest sympathy on the passing of your dad , Gibbie, he was a kind and true friend .He will be missed by all !

Evelyn Thompson
   Posted Fri October 25, 2019
Deepest condolences to all the family.
He was an amazing man, who had a huge heart.
He always made us laugh.

Mike Gouthro
   Posted Fri October 25, 2019
So sorry to hear this.We would always have a chat and a laugh at the track, Great man!...RIP Gibby

Albert Grimes
   Posted Fri October 25, 2019
Gibbons family, we are very sorry to hear of the sudden passing of your father.
We really enjoyed his company. Our visits weren't complete until we shared some heart to heart conversations with him. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
We will keep you in our prayers. God bless. Al, Judy & Varrick Grimes.

Heather MacKinnon
   Posted Fri October 25, 2019
Dear Gail, Kay, Bobby, and all loved ones of my cousin Johnny,

Please accept my heartfelt condolences at this terrible time.

My parents Loretta & Jack had a special place in their hearts for Johnny. You might have heard over the years that on their wedding night (February 2. 1946), they had to sleep at Aunt Elvira's the same bed as a very young Johnny and Bobby. Well, it turns out that one or both of the little boys wet the bed. My parents talked (& laughed) about that night many times.

I wish all of you comfort and peace.

Much love,

Tom Vickers
   Posted Sat October 26, 2019
heartfelt sympathies to each and every one of you with heavy hearts from Irene(Rini) and I and family - throughout all those years there remain a multitude of precious memories with John in a variety of ways from hunting - fishing and 50,000 other avenues of interests and contacts - in our younger years, like most Cape Bretoners, we did 'battle' several times over practically nothing - however the 'growing' pains subsided as we moved on in different directions and locations in adult life yet there was always the 'family' greetings when lucky enough to be home - John was indeed all those good things as stated by his offspring in the obituary and in spite of over half a century of knowing him, we have really only had one true disagreement which did not rest well - it was my hope that we could have made amends before we "departed" as there was no real animosity here and my feelings of this old brother-in-law will remain favourable - truly one of the most colorful characters in my whole lifetime to date and am sending love and best wishes to all his family - honestly I would have to say I truly liked him a lot - Love and Condolences to all you 'kids' and relatives - I will miss him much - love, Uncle Tom Vickers

Valerie Meers
   Posted Sat October 26, 2019
I remember visiting Johnny's house with Kay when I was younger and it was always full of laughter. I remember him as a fun and gentle soul. My sincere condolences to all his family.

Greg Ross
   Posted Sat October 26, 2019
John, we are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I recall the many stories you shared of your good times together while we worked on the railroad. We are thinking of you and your family at this time.

Greg and Melissa Ross and family

Sandra penney
   Posted Sat October 26, 2019
So sorry to hear about your loss Gibby was a great man and I enjoyed when he came into the store . He always had a joke and so many stories to tell he will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him

Maxine Wood
   Posted Sat October 26, 2019
To Gail and family, I am sorry to hear about your Dad. God be will all of you

Tara LeBlanc
   Posted Sat October 26, 2019
Sorry to hear of the loss of Gibby, he was a great guy who would always give a helping hand to me when I had my horses, may you all find comfort in this difficult time, may he R.I.P and race the best horse's that heaven has.

Michael and Doraine Lissack
   Posted Sat October 26, 2019
Dear Dee,
It is with deep sympathy that we heard of the passing of your father. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this very sad time.
Doraine and Michael.

Kevin Moore
   Posted Sat October 26, 2019
Our condolences to the Gibbons family .
Our Dad Darby Moore, knew Johnny very, he was always a nice guy to my Dad.
RIP Gibby.

Darlene and Gord Fry
   Posted Sat October 26, 2019
To the family, I am so very sorry for this loss. Gibby was one of the best horsemen I knew and was a wonderful man. When I got my horse, a standard bred he gave me his phone number and said to call any time I needed any advice on how to train him for saddle after a life of trotting. He was very patient because I did call many times. Not once did he mind.
I grew up in his yard with his horses and pony. I learned to ride on the pony. He was never anything but kind to me.
I respected him not only as a man but as a kind person who would offer any help you might need. Ride high Gibby. You will be missed. ♥️

Russell and Anne MacDonald
   Posted Sat October 26, 2019
Bobby and Kaye:
So sorry to hear of Johnny's passing. He had to be the ultimate character for all of us growing up on Brooklyn Ave. I have many good memories of him . I was sharing many of them just this past summer with his cousin Keith. May you have a real fast car when you cross those pearly gates.

Juanita Collier
   Posted Sun October 27, 2019
My heart is saddened to hear of Gibby's passing. We had many great memories over the years. One of my favorites was bringing the kids over to see a new foal. Momma wasn't happy having us that close and pinned us in. I thought it was kind of funny she wanted to keep the kids..the kids didnt see it that way. One word from Gibby and the horse backed up and let them out. I imagine there are a few gathered together doing some horse talk.Angie Collier would be one of the first to greet him. My deepest condolences to all the family

Heather Collis
   Posted Mon October 28, 2019
My sincere sympathy to the Gibbons family on the loss of your father.

Howie Clough
   Posted Mon October 28, 2019
Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your Dad. Please know we are thinking of you during this difficult time.

Howie Clough and Margie MacDonald

Rosalyn Smith
   Posted Tue October 29, 2019
So sorry to hear of Uncle Johnnie’s passing. He was truly one of a kind. His kindness and generosity was like no other. He always opened his home and made everyone feel welcome. We spent many Christmas days with the Gibbons family growing up. My most favourite memory of uncle Johnnie was having The privilege of a “fast trip” around the Cabot Trail in the Suburban, there was no shortage of laughter and fun. I wish I could be there with you all tomorrow, you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong and support one another.

Bobby and Linda MacDonald
   Posted Tue October 29, 2019
To all the family,
Bobby and I would like to express our deepest condolences to you all in the passing of your Dad. Bobby and Gibby had a wonderful relationship for a number of years, personal and business. There were many laughs over all those years. During those years, the visits to his home to ride a horse, seeing him at the exhibition and his visits to our home before Christmas will all be remembered. We will miss seeing him at those events. As you go forward in the coming days, keep all your memories of your Dad and these will help you to move forward. All the best to all of you. Gibby - RIP.

Erin Kempt-Sutherland
   Posted Tue October 29, 2019
Our condolences to Dee and the family, with love from the team at Choice Health Centre.

Norma Jordan
   Posted Tue October 29, 2019
Sympathy and condolences to you all. Johnny was named after my father and was always fun to be around. I will never forget the kindness he showed Ma and Da over the years. Rest In Peace cousin

john b. Mac Lean
   Posted Tue October 29, 2019
God will treat him as he treated others... so he's in Good Hands... he was awful good to my brother Francis...

Hope to see you on the other side!

Terry Campbell
   Posted Wed October 30, 2019
The world is less for the loss of Gibby. I met him for the first time at a horse show 32 years ago, and I can honestly say, he always met me with a smile - even when he was giving me hell for doing something stupid. He will be missed.
My love and prayers are with his family.

Simon Lennark
   Posted Wed October 30, 2019
Sorry to hear of the passing of John. I’ll especially remember his visit to Ontario several years ago and the great time we had touring the horse tracks.

Simon and Shirley Lennark

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