David H. Gibson, 65, of Lakewood, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center following a lengthy illness.
Born December 12, 1952 to Wilbert and Mary (nee Baker) Gibson, David lived in Lakewood his entire life. He attended Lakewood High School and went on to work for the City of Lakewood. In November of 1977, David married the love of his life Elaine and the two shared 40, "mostly" blissful years of marriage. Together they had three beautiful daughters, Marlene, Joanne and Tracy, all of whom David cherished. He loved his family and was devoted husband, father, Papa and Great Papa.
David loved to bowl, so much that he had to "tone it down a little" to ensure wedded-bliss according to his wife. The two competed in many couple's leagues and won numerous trophies. During his free time, David enjoyed working on model cars. He also enjoyed fishing and despite his illness hoped to take his grandson out fishing this summer. Like any person from Cleveland, David had a love-hate relationship with the Cleveland Browns, hoping that one day they may get their act together. He loved watching the Cavaliers and was able to enjoy their recent efforts in the current playoff rounds.
Despite several obstacles, David persevered and maintained a positive outlook on life. He was a jack of all trades and eager to take on new tasks. There was nothing that was going to stand in his way once he set his mind to it.
He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years Elaine Gibson (nee Novotny); daughters, Marlene Gibson, Joanne (Gil) Ramirez, and Tracy (David) Geer; 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; brother, Robert; sisters, Jeannie and Mary Pat, as well as several nieces and nephews.
David was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Dylan Gibson; brothers, Charles and Michael and sister, Carol.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 10:00 A.M. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 14560 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio. Pastor Michael Wallace will officiate.