Joel Robert Gibbon was born on November 11, 1924(Veterans Day). He died on March 17, 2021 (St Patrick's Day). He was the son of the late Robert Gibbon and Helen (Monie) Maloney Gibbon Savage. He was the stepson of the late Frank Savage during Joel's adult years. Joel was married to his beloved late wife, Hilda (Dolly) Hunger Gibbon in 1947. He lived the majority of his life in Carrick, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Joel was raised from age two by his mother, following his father death. Also, Joel had many of his mother's sisters as caretakers growing up, and had fond memories of the love and care they provided to him. He often talked about his great admiration for his mother and her loving and meaning she provided to him in his entire life. After high school, Joel enlisted in the United States Air Corp, (now the United States Air Force). He became a staff sergeant in the 82nd division of the bomb squadron. When he returned home to Pittsburgh, Joel attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. His lifelong career was that of a Pharmacist. He worked over 30 years at Washington Hospital in Washington, Pennsylvania, and became a Manager in the Pharmacy Department. He often reminisced about his love of the work he did in this field for so many years. Joel enjoyed playing tennis, fishing in Canada, and traveling with his wife Dolly, on many cruises and watching old movies. He was very proud of the good care he took of himself throughout his entire life with a great determination to maintain a very healthy lifestyle. He was a sincere, deep thinker, and always came to resolution of problems after contemplating all aspects of a situation. He was a loving and patient husband to Dolly. One of his greatest assets was his ability to remain calm and caring during tumultuous times. Joel was honest and always sensitive to the world around him. He thought through issues with great intensity and a strong ethical focus. He was able to adapt to life's hard times, losing his wife, his vision, and leaving his home of many years. He accepted the aches and pains in life and his faith helped him through this process. Joel will be greatly missed by his primary caretaker over the past three years, James Fink, his wife's cousin. Jim's care of him was that of a son and the two bonded to assure Joel's final years were peaceful. His cousin, Carol Collins, was always in his life, and they spent much time together as frinds, as well as relatives. He had a special relationship with his cousin's son, Michael Collins, who was a great joy in Joel's life. He also had strong support from his nephew through marriage. Willie Obringer and his wife, Beverly. They stayed in touch and visited with him, giving him great comfort over many years. Joel would most probably assess his life as rather magical in being able to acoomplish what he wanted, surrounded by those who were so meaningful in his life. He was a sincere and generous man. He will be missed by cousins and many nephews, nieces and grandnephews and grandnieces.
A memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 am. Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Blessed Trinity Parish of St Albert the Great; 3198 Schieck St, Pittsburgh, PA 15227.
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