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W. Gibson

W. Warren Gibson, 85, formerly of Third Avenue, passed away Monday, August 3, 2015 at Evergreen Commons.

Born in Troy, he was the son of the late William M. Gibson and Clara Belle Van Valkenburg Gibson.

Raised and educated in Troy, he was a graduate of Troy High School and SUNY Albany formerly Albany Teachers College, he also was a graduate of Troy Conservatory Music School. Warren served in the United States Army as a radio operator. He was a teacher at Troy High School for 32 years. He was a dedicated, competent educator who focused on each child as an individual. Kind, affirming and approachable he placed his students as his top priority.

He was a member of the former United Methodist of Lansingburgh, now Cornerstone Community Church, where he was the organist and choir director.

He is survived by John and Jennifer Gorman, Rhiannon Gorman and Liam Gorman all of Troy.

Funeral services will be 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2015 from the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh and at 10:00 a.m. at the Cornerstone Community Church of Lansingburgh, with Pastor E. Allen Siebold officiating.

Burial will follow at Elmwood Hill Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Community Church, 570 3rd Avenue, Troy, NY 12182.

Please visit Warren's everlasting book of memories at www.mcloughlinmason.com.

Visitation Details

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015, 4:00pm - 7:00pm, McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home

Service Details

Thursday, August 6th, 2015, 10:00am, Cornerstone Community Church Of Lansingburgh

Interment Details

Elmwood Hill Cemetery

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I went to Lansingburgh High School (class of 66) but got to know Mr. Gibson because I lived on Third Avenue across the street from him. I was not doing well in my Latin class at LHS and was worried about the Regents final. My math skills were good so no worries there. One day when I was talking to Mr. Gibson he offered to help me with my studying for the regents Latin exam. I went to his house a good number of Saturday afternoons and he patiently helped me with my exam prep. Ironically I scored higher on the Latin exam (85) than on the Math Exam and had never expected to even pass Latin! This goes to show what a kind and caring person he was. I remember all his mannerisms and great sense of humor. God Bless you Mr. Gibson.

John Hayes Nov 13 2015 12:00 AM

I had the privilege of having Mr. Gibson as a Latin teacher and a home room teacher. I believe I may have been a student in one of his first years at Troy High in 1956. I was always a little sorry that he had to put up with us in that we were many times a little unruly, but never disrespectful. Being the only African-American teacher must have been difficult for him given the decade, but he was a kind man who earned your respect by his character and his patience. My sincere condolences to the family. He was certainly a man to be admired.

Wendel Price Aug 8 2015 12:00 AM

RIP Magister Gibson

Aug 6 2015 12:00 AM

Flights of Angels Mr. Gibson

Aug 6 2015 12:00 AM

RIP, Mr. Gibson. A man who was respected by all the teachers at Troy High School.

Joe Geiger Aug 6 2015 12:00 AM

Mr. Gibson was my most beloved high school teacher. With one stink eye he could tame teenage mania. "What is so HUUUmorous," was all it took. He was also my Sunday School teacher and I know I am a better person for his instruction, guidance and love. He made so many of us feel special and smart, perhaps more than we deserved, but set us up for a lifetime of learning. He leaves a legacy of love and humor and happy memories.

Aug 5 2015 12:00 AM

A Wonderful Man Warren was a fellow graduate student with me at SUNY Albany in the Classics Department. I only knew him from our classes together but he was a wonderful, sweet man. And he had a great laugh. I remember him well from the '70s-'80s and can picture him still. I'll miss him!

Gatewood Folger Kerr Aug 4 2015 12:00 AM

Rest in Peace to a truly unique and uncommonly dedicated educator. I'm grateful to have known W.Warren Gibson.

Aug 4 2015 12:00 AM

Not only was Warren Gibson my homeroom teacher for 4 years at Troy High School, he was also the organist and choir director at my church for many years (Trinity Methodist). He and his mother were good friends with my family (as my mother was also an organist). He also was the organist for my wedding at Christ Church United Methodist. He was one of the best organist's in the Troy area. While he was strict with us teenagers, he was not without a sense of humor. I'm sure everyone who had him for homeroom remembered that if you wore jeans he'd send you away, reminding you that "tramp pants" were not allowed in his classroom. He was a popular teacher though and many students would stop by our homeroom just to say hello before classes. The world was fortunate to have him around for 85 years, and it's sad to think he's now gone.

Aug 4 2015 12:00 AM

I had Mr. Gibson for French in 1961. My brother, Bill Francis, had already sung his praises from his Latin class. They were all true. He was a fine teacher, but more than that, he was a fine man. I am a better person for having known him. Flights of Angels Mr. Gibson.

Betty Francis-Flemming Aug 4 2015 12:00 AM

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