BEEKMANTOWN — Mr. John "Jack" N. Gibbs, 76, of Stafford Drive, died Saturday, May 18, 2013, at his home with family by his side and under the care of Hospice of the North Country.
He was born in Watertown, N.Y. on Oct. 5, 1936, the son of the late Karl and Kathleen (Richards) Gibbs.
Jack served in the U.S. Army as a dental hygienist and worked in the family business of Karl Gibbs Funeral Home in Mexico, N.Y. Jack attended Syracuse University School of Business Administration and the Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse where he obtained his funeral directors license. He was employed as a district clerk of Mexico Academy until moving to the North Country in the early 70's, where he was employed as Business Manager at Beekmantown Central School until retirement in 1997.
Jack enjoyed hunting, golfing, gambling and taking vacations. He loved to watch college sports, especially his favorite team, the Syracuse Orangemen. He also loved to watch NASCAR and his all- time favorite baseball team, the NY Yankees. He was a member of the Plattsburgh Elks Club, Beekmantown Lions Club and Masonic Lodge in Mexico, N.Y. He leaves behind his wife, Mary L. (Dubuque) Gibbs of Beekmantown; daughter Kirstin Gibbs and husband Stephen Fedorchek and their children Sasha, Luke and Beatrice of Virginia, daughter Tracy and husband Mike Berry of Beekmantown and their children Cade and Chloe, a daughter Janna Fountaine and husband Steve and their children Chalee, Sylvie, Marc and Nic of Virginia; brother George and wife Margaret of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; mother and father-in-law; Kenneth and Anna Dubuque Sr. of Beekmantown; sister-in law Sue Carter and husband Tom of Beekmantown; brother- in-law Kenneth Dubuque Jr. and wife Rosanne of Champlain, N.Y., brother-in-law David Dubuque and wife Huegette of Beekmantown; and several, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is predeceased by his parents of Mexico, N.Y. and Port Charlotte, Fla.; a sister, Cynthia Hunziker of Gaylord, Mich; and an infant brother, Karl Gibbs Jr.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, at the Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St. in Plattsburgh. Funeral services will follow at 5 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Felts Mills Cemetery in Watertown, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack's memory to the Alzheimers Association, 101 Broad Street, Sibley Hall, Plattsburgh, NY, 12901 or Adirondack Humane Society, 134 Idaho Ave, Plattsburgh, NY, 12903, or any other charity of your choice. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, New York 12901 (518) 561-3980. Online condolences and memorial candles may be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeinc.com