Long-serving Gladstone Christian leader mourned by many
ONE of Gladstone's longest-serving Christian leaders will be sadly missed after his passing on Thursday, May 8.
Robert Clyde Gibson was born in 1927 on a farm near Walpeup, in the dry mallee country of north-west Victoria.
Mr Gibson became a Christian in his teenage years and later came to Gladstone where he ran Christian youth clubs and contributed greatly to the Faith Baptist Church.
He and wife Patricia Denton moved to Gladstone in 1968, where he continued a business he started in Victoria servicing radios and televisions.
The family lived in a tent with no electricity, water or sewerage for months, and survived a passing cyclone, as Mr Gibson built their family house on Shaw St.
Mr Gibson will be fondly remembered in Gladstone by many who attended the youth club at his home, his son John Gibson said.
"Some (youth) became ministers, some became bible translators and some became mothers and fathers like Robert Clyde Gibson and his wife Pat," he said.
"They provided the light of God's word to guide youth through those challenging years that so often craft the rest of our lives."
Mr Gibson passed away at age 87.
"He would have been pleased to go the way he did," said friend Esmond Weinholz, a neighbour to Mr Gibson for 45 years.
"He was ready to meet his maker."
Mr Gibson is survived by his wife Patricia and children Joy, Christine and John.