David Gibson Jr.
David Gibson Jr.
BRANDON — David Gibson Jr., age 88, died Friday, March 8, 2013, at Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury, following a long illness due to a stroke.
He was born in Ayrshire County, Scotland, on September 29, 1924. He was the son of David Sr. and Agnes Munn Gibson. David received his early education in Purchase, N.Y., near Strathglass Farm where he grew up, and worked the farm with dairy cattle.
He was a veteran of WWII, having served in the United States Army. He was stationed in Italy and was involved in the battle of Central Europe. Following his honorable discharge, he returned home and furthered his education at Cornell University, earning his degree, class of 1950. He was on the Cornell Dairy Cattle Judging Team, which traveled throughout the country competing with other collegiate teams. He was vice president of Alpha Zeta Honorary Agriculture Fraternity. While at Cornell, he met his future wife, Maridon Zimmerman; they were married in 1951.
The Gibsons moved to Brandon in 1957, where Dave became the secretary/treasurer of the National Ayrshire Breeders Association from 1957 until 1979. He traveled extensively throughout the United States, England, Scotland, Finland and South America during his tenure. He was a member and past president of the National Dairy Shire and had been a trustee of The Eastern States Exposition.
He later became the executive director of the Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust, and served in that capacity from 1979 until 1989. Locally, he was chairman on the Otter Valley Union High School Board and had been a member and past president of the Brandon Rotary Club.
He had also served on the Town of Brandon as a selectman from 1992 until 1996, as well as the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. He was a member of the Brandon Congregational Church where he had served on many boards and committees.
He is survived by his wife, Maridon of Brandon; sons, Scott and his wife Kathy of Essex, Conn., and grandchildren Kate and Ben, Craig and his wife Lesley of Andover, Mass., and grandchildren Ginny and Natalie, Glenn and his wife Robbin of Stratton, Vt., and grandchildren Cole and Libby; and his daughter, Polly and her husband Mike Goodspeed of Goshen, Vt.
The memorial service in celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Brandon Congregational Church. The Rev. Richard White, pastor, will officiate.
Following the ceremony, the family will receive friends in the church hall for a time of fellowship and remembrance.
A private graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, preceded the service in Pine Hill Cemetery.
Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, may be made in his memory to Helen Porter Health & Rehabilitation Center, Recreational Fund for the Residents, 30 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753; or the Brandon Congregational Church Memorial Fund, 74 Park St., Brandon, VT 05733.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.