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Donald "Don" Fredrick Charles Gibson

Wednesday, July 30th, 1947 - Monday, June 22nd, 2020
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Don Gibson, M.T., BSC MINING ENGINEERING, P.ENG
1947-2020

After a very strong and courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer, Don passed away peacefully at home embraced by his wife and son on June 22, 2020.

Don was born and raised on the Gibson family farm in Beeton, Ontario. He was drawn to the mining vocation at a young age and at 17 years old he attended Lakehead University graduating in Mining Technology. In May 1967 he was hired by INCO in the Surveyors Dept. In 1977 Don was fortunate to receive the opportunity to attend Laurentian University under the recommendation of past INCO President Jim Ashcroft on an INCO Scholarship and graduated in the Mining Engineering program in 1981. He worked at various levels of INCO management in mining operations retiring in 2010. After a short-lived retirement Don began his second career as a Consultant for Vales new mine development projects ending in 2019 on the exciting future Sudbury mine development- Victor Mine Project. During his 52-year mining career with INCO/CVRD/VALE Don was a very well respected professional and mentor to many in the industry. Don's love of worldwide travel with his wife Linda and friends and his love of nature and the outdoors contributed to over 50 years as a hobbyist landscape painter. His art pieces hang proudly throughout their home and in homes of family and friends. Most of all Don loved his wife of 51 years Linda (Lin) (nee Trottier); proudly cherished son Dylan (Anita) and the 'Apples of his Eye', Darby and Matilda. Son of Fred and Jean Gibson (predeceased), beloved brother Brian (Brenda) and fondly missed sister Dianne (Butler) (predeceased). Loved affectionately by many Gibson & in law family along with Nephews, Nieces around the world. He cherished his friendships and held a special place in his heart for close life long loyal friends.

Along with Cancer comes community care so Linda and family wish to thank the 'village' of healthcare and support providers from HSN and NCC. At end of life home care thanks to the Northeaster LHIN Nurse Practitioner and team, dedicated Bayshore Nurses and our PSW angels from Home Instead. Don leaves us all with his legacy of great humour, respected mentorship and his dedicated love of family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be planned post pandemic days. Donations to the Don Gibson Mining Engineering Award (Cheques can be made payable to Laurentian University - Don Gibson Mining Engineering Award) or the Northern Cancer Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Lougheed Funeral Home. For donations or messages or condolence, www.lougheedfuneralhome.com.
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Herb & Shirley Kuz

Posted at 12:31pm
Herb & Shirley Kuz
Don and I (Herb) met late summer of 1967. He was a new employee of ‘mother’ INCO, at Stobie Mine Engineering Office. He was 20 years old and I was 26.
Part of my responsibilities at that time was to introduce new employees to the rest of the crew in the office to make them feel welcome. That weekend I invited Don to our home for a ‘Grey Cup’ party. He gladly accepted  a strong friendship between him and the Kuz family began.
Don went on to become one of INCO’s ‘Key’ Mine Engineers. He loved and understood Mining like no other!
We shall miss and have been missing his sense of humour, his kindness, his words of advice, and much more. His art pieces given to us have and will always be cherished by our family.
Good Bye, our dear friend – we knew him, we loved him and we will miss him!
Our condolences to Linda, Dylan, Anita & grandchildren.
Herb, Shirley & sons - James, Derryl, Jason
 
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Steve Revoy Posted at 07:32pm

Well said buddy!
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David Pisaric

Posted at 10:40pm
My condolences to the Gibson family. I first me Don in 1990, while working for him at Crean Hill Mine. I crossed paths with Don may times over the course of our careers. David Pisaric
 

Linda Gibson Posted at 02:35pm

Thank you David. His career and the people in it meant so much to him. regards from His other life long partner Lin 💑
KE

Kevin and Kim Eaton

Posted at 12:23pm
Dear Linda and Dylan and family. Kim and I wish to send you our deepest condolences. Don was definitely one of the good ones. I remember his great sense of humour and his love for his family, his dogs, and the outdoors. I know my girls will miss him greatly. Take care. Kevin and Kim
 

Linda Gibson Posted at 02:37pm

Your gals and partners are in Sudbury now and what a pleasure to have their hugs. Thxs Kim and Kevin
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Micheline Marcotte

Posted at 08:14am
My deepest condolences Linda, Dylan and family.
I only met Don once about 10 years ago. I had just begun painting and was in search of helpful art materials. My brother-in-law, Gord, said to me... "I know just the person we can see about that." He was right. I left Don and Linda's house with two big boxes of art magazines. Thank you, Don. You gave me a treasure!

Micheline Marcotte
 

Linda Gibson Posted at 02:39pm

I certainly recall the visit Mitch and Don was thrilled to see your paintings over the years via your angel sister our cousin in law. Keep up the inspirational works -they are so great!
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