Howard E. Gibbs, Jr. – 64, passed away at his Perry Hill Road home in Waterbury on Thursday, June 12, 2014 following a period of declining health. Born in Morrisville on September 9, 1949, he was the son of the late Howard E. and Rebecca (Richardson) Gibbs, Sr.
Howard attended Waterbury High School and then enlisted in the US Army where he served his country during the Vietnam War. Following his discharge from the service, Howard worked in janitorial services at the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury for several years. He later was employed in concrete construction by A.G. Anderson Concrete, Hutch Concrete and S.D. Ireland Concrete. During this time, Howard had also worked for several years for the Mount Mansfield Corporation. His memberships included the Harry N. Cutting American Legion Post 59 of Waterbury and the VFW Post 1332 in Bennington. In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, riding his motorcycle and is fondly remembered by his family for his craftsmanship and love for woodworking.
Howard is survived by his children, Michelle Gibbs and her husband Dennis of Granville NY, Richard Gibbs and his wife Bianca of South Burlington, Howard E. Gibbs III and his companion Nicole Johnson of Waterbury; 9 grandchildren; his sister, Bonny Gibbs of Wolcott; 2 brothers, Barry Gibbs and his wife Betty of Duxbury, Andrew Gibbs and his wife Erin of Wolcott; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family. Howard was predeceased by two brothers, William Ward and Gordon Gibbs.
Graveside services will be held on a date and time to be announced in Plains Cemetery, Hyde Park. For those who wish, memorial gifts would be appreciated to the Waterbury Food Shelf, 57 South Main Street #2, Waterbury VT 05676. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences please visit us at www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook.