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WESTBROOK, ME - Peter Dunnett Gibson, 55, of Gorham, Maine, died Saturday, December 23, 2017, of glioblastoma at Springbrook Rehabilitation Center in Westbrook, Maine. He was born February 23, 1962, in Boston, Mass. and was the son and the first of four children of Alexander D. "Sandy" Gibson, Jr. and Hannah E. (Hinman) Gibson. Pete grew up in Andover, Mass and graduated from Andover High School in 1980. He went on to graduate from Northeastern University in Boston with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1985.
Pete worked at a number of sales jobs before joining NAPA Auto Parts. He relocated from Massachusetts to Atlanta, Ga., for a few years and then relocated again to Scarborough, Maine, and was employed by NAPA as a sales representative in the Portland area. The decision to return to New England allowed him to again be close to his family and roots. After living in Scarborough for several years, Pete settled in Gorham. He worked for NAPA for 30 years and was a successful NAPA sales representative in the Portland area for over 25 of those years.
Peter Gibson led an active, busy and full life. He was especially adept at "seizing the day" or making every day count and was always lining up the next thing he was going to do. Pete was an avid car enthusiast. He was known for his expert knowledge of classic cars and car parts, and he intensely pursued collecting them. A favorite activity of his was tinkering with his vintage cars and going to car shows and car races. Travelling all over New England and sometimes beyond, he enjoyed the hunt for classic cars and parts.
Beyond his intense interest in cars, he pursued many other activities. From the seacoast to the mountains, Pete fully appreciated the natural landscape and history of New England. He enjoyed the outdoors, biking, traveling, collecting and being around his two dogs. He particularly loved spending weekends at the family place in Grafton, N.H. Many of these experiences were happily shared with his longtime partner in life, Louise, whom he recently married.
Perhaps more so than anything else, Pete enjoyed people. He was close to his family and friends and made many connections with people wherever he went. He rarely missed an opportunity to stop in for a visit, keep in touch by phone, or wish a family member a happy birthday. Pete will be especially missed for his sense of humor, integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, optimism, faith and loyalty to his family and friends. He enriched the lives of those he knew and will be sorely missed.
Pete was predeceased by his father, Alexander D. Gibson, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Louise (Drouin) Gibson of Gorham, Maine; his mother, Hannah H. Gibson of Andover, Mass.; his brothers, Steven H. Gibson and his wife, Donna of Walpole, Mass, Scott M. Gibson and his wife, Jo-Anne of Andover, Mass.; and his sister, Alison (Gibson) Milne and her husband, David of Andover, Mass. He leaves several nieces and nephews, Emily, Meghan, Sarah, Derek, Christopher, Andrew, Isabelle, and Sophia. He also leaves his Aunt Barbara and her husband, Frank Donaldson of Sarasota, Fla., and his Uncle Mike Hinman and his wife, Letha of Asheville, N.C.; and several cousins.
Visiting hours will be Friday, December 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the A.T. Hutchins Funeral Home, 660 Brighton Avenue, Portland, ME. A funeral service will be held in Andover, Mass., this coming spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 550, Chicago, IL 60631 or www.abta.org/donate.
To share a memory or condolence, please visit www.athutchins.com.
Published on December 26, 2017
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