Tom was born the oldest of twelve children, to Tom and Margaret Gibbons, Chicago, IL. At age 11, the family headed to California where Tommy would meet the love of his life at age 14. Married to Kathlene (Rhodes) Gibbons, Anaheim, CA, for 55 years, the two treasured their 3 beautiful daughters, Michelle, Annie and Chrissie. Determined to provide for his family, Tom honed his talents and leadership skills to become a valued and respected Millwright to all those fortunate to work with him and for him.
Tom enjoyed fishing, camping, waterskiing (if you could get him to jump in the water), nature and all four legged creatures. He was passionate about his wife's cooking, the Orange County Register, high school football and definitely the family's designated candy aficionado. Let's not forget about ice cream! Above all else, Tom cherished his wife, daughters and four amazing grandchildren, Charlotte Mildred (19), Hazel Margaret (13), Lola Michelle (9) and Weston Thomas (7). His love for life and family grew exponentially with the arrival of each grandchild and the joy he experienced each moment he was with them, played with them, taught them, watched them and supported them cannot be put into words.
Shortly after retiring in 2010, Tom was diagnosed with Altzheimer's. Although the disease is heartbreaking, he continued to prioritize his time each and every day to make the most of his life, creating memories we are beyond grateful he gave us.
Tom fought feverishly to hold on for his family until he shared his last breath surrounded by love on June 9th, 2022.
Tom is survived by his wife Kathlene Gibbons, daughters Annie Gibbons-Syke and Chrissie Brooks, son-in-law Brian Brooks, grandchildren Charlotte, Hazel, Lola and Weston, siblings Alice Hurd, Richard Gibbons, Robert Gibbons, John Gibbons, Eileen Howell, Ann Gibbons, James Gibbons, Joan Anderson and Edward Gibbons, and nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews that exceed 30.
He is welcomed into heaven by his parents, daughter Michelle, siblings Mary and Daniel and countless loved ones. May they watch over all of us.
"When we think of 'meant to be',
we automatically assume
But maybe it isn't supposed to
Maybe it's just someone who is
in your life
to teach you something.
Maybe the forever is not the
But what you gain from them"
Denise Doyle wrote on Jun 30, 2022:
"Dearest Gibbons family I was privileged to know Tommy (Gibby) since I was 13 years old. We met thru Dean Boyer who was my High School Love So many fond memories of all us high school friends Tommy found the Love of his life Kathy and we all shared fun summer days going to the beach for the day then staying for bond fires listening to music and dancing in the sand! There were Birthday celebrations New Years Eve Party?s sharing time at the river great memories ?? There were baby showers and then Birthday parties we shared as our children grew up! We have truly been Blessed with long loving friendships. Tommy was so proud of his children and all his grandkids they enriched his life. I will always carry found memories of Tom ??"