December 22, 1919 – March 22, 2015
Andy Gibson was born in Toronto, Ont. Canada and passed away peacefully on March 22, 2015 at Lady Minto Hospital, Salt Spring Island at the age of 95.
Andy was predeceased by his wife Betty (2012) and son Peter as well as his sister May.
Andy is survived by his daughter Molly, his sisters Barbara and Kay and brother Art. He is also survived by his three grandsons and six great-grandchildren.
A master mariner and WW2 veteran in the Merchant Navy (1937-1945) Andy chronicled his life at sea in his book Head of Oak.
After the war Andy with his wife Betty and sister and brother-in-law built and operated a fishing lodge in northern Ontario that still operates today.
Later Andy had a successful career as an Ontario land surveyor until in 1962, he moved his family to southern California. Always guided by his strong environmental, political and social conscience Andy and Betty were both active in the 1960’s civil rights and anti-Vietnam movement.
After several years in California Andy returned to Ontario to continue land surveying and in 1984 retired to Salt Spring Island.
Editor and prolific writer Andy was the lyricist for the Salt Spring Raging Grannies for many years as well as a founding member of O.G.I.F.A. (Ometepe Coffee).
World traveller, amateur musician and astronomer Andy was invited to teach astronomy to many high school classes in California.
Andy was a lover of languages and all things Shakespearean a history buff and a community activist.
Although Andy loved travelling he always looked forward to returning to his island home.
His family wishes to thank Dr. Gummeson and all the wonderful staff at Lady Minto Hospital for their kindness and compassion.
We would also like to thank Greenwoods and Braehaven staff.
A special thank you to Jean Brown whose support has been invaluable.
A celebration of Andy Gibson’s life will be held at a later date in order that family members can attend.