Ernest Livingstone Gibson

Ernest Livingstone Gibson was a particular, singular man.

When trying to find a picture of him to use here today, I could not find one of him looking directly into the camera…or smiling.

He was a man of quiet strength, stubborn in his health, wealth and appearance. He had the imperfections and failings of a man of his generation, which bore their own consequences.

But despite all these characteristics, he was loved.

He was loved by his wife, my mother, Daphne Gibson.

He was loved by his children Arabella, Wayne and myself.

He was loved by his grand-children, Vanessa and Anthony.

He was loved by is family, his sisters and brother, and he was loved by nieces and nephews, in particular Corey.

But one measure of a person, is how widely they are loved and that, for my father, is evidenced by his relationships both near and far.

He was active on church committees and community councils in London.

He was an engineer at STC in Basildon, before working for Ford in Dagenham, which were both demanding jobs, but his music was his escape from the pressures of the world.

He conducted and mastered choirs in Barbados and London, and travelled both countries spreading joy through song.

Most of all, for those of us who were close to him, he was known for his love of the piano and church organ.

He would spend hours practicing, often to the detriment of all other things, and he was musically rewarded for his diligence in this pursuit.

As well as being the resident organist for Woodgrange Baptist church and Lodge Road church, he also regularly guested at other churches, filling their lives with music. 

My father’s legacy will be his love of coral music, his inspiration to embrace music, and the joy that his passion brought into the lives of others.

The Lord giveth and The Lord taketh away, but my father’s legacy will live on in the lives he has touched.

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~ by jeditopcat on 13 April, 2016.

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