Sdn Ldr T. Gibson RAF (retd)

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SQN Ldr Thomas Gibson RAF (retd), of Covill Close, Great Gonerby, has died in Newton House Nursing Home. He was 84.

Born in Belfast, he was the eldest son of Tom and Rebecca.

He was married to Jean (now deceased) for 37 years and they had two children, Mark and Rebecca, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In 1995 he married Cathie.

Sqn Ldr Gibson served in the Royal Air Force for nearly 42 years, with postings including Aden and Germany.

He was a member of Sleaford Golf Club for 39 years and in his earlier life he was a keen footballer and tennis player. He was also a very accomplished ballroom dancer.

The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by Robert Holland,

Family mourners included: Cathie Gibson, Georgina Williams, Simon Gwyther, Rebecca Ward, Gemma South, Michael South, Madison South, Paiton South, Mark Gibson, Michelle Gibson, Emma Gibson, Jack Gibson, Eddie Gibson, Roisin Gibson, Richard See and Penny Walters.

Other mourners included: Tanya Dearsley, Wendy Dearsley, Joseph Barker, Cath Brook, David Wilcox, Sue Wilcox, Steve Wilcox, Warren Churms, Cal Churms, Dorn Churms, June and Ken Laudon, Jim Cassidy, Mark Hifle, Stephen and Rachel Hifle, Raymond and Margaret Hifle, Sam and Jenny Hifle, Mr and Mrs J. Barker, Mr R. Allen, Mrs J. Dunn, David and Shirley Evans, Mike and Nancy Barker, Hugh Long, George and John Franklin, Wally Jones, Dick Tacey, Mr and Mrs D. Young, Tom Dorgan, Alan Caldwell and Linda Caldwell, Patricia Howard, Liz Foden, Mrs Powell, John Harris, John and Pat Holdstock, Kate Bennett and Brian and Janet Coulson.

Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.

Donations were received for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.