WAYNE – At 8:40 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2009, our precious Ricky-Rick lost his last game. His opponent was a brutal merciless cancer, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma – DIPG. Ricky was born Jan. 23, 1993, in Columbus, Ga., the son of Richard Henry Jr. and Lisa (Huff) Gibson. Ricky fought as long and as hard against this opponent as anyone possibly could. Although this game was to be uneven, unfair and the outcome almost certain from the start, our son fought this battle with a strength and determination that was nothing short of awe-inspiring. Ricky died with his love of life, sense of humor and faith all intact. What an honor and a blessing it was to have such a gift from God the past 16 years. Ricky will be missed most by his little brother, Jake; and his parents, Rick and Lisa Gibson of Wayne. His maternal grandparents are Steve and Linda Huff of Winthrop. His paternal grandmother is Nancy Priest and his paternal great-grandmother is Nadine Jones, both of Columbus, Ga. Ricky’s paternal grandfather, his namesake, was awaiting his arrival in heaven. Ricky was blessed with many aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends too numerous to name. Ricky’s fun-loving spirit and that beautiful, precious smile will be remembered and missed. The Gibson family extends sincere appreciation to the many, many people who have prayed for, loved and supported them since September. Specials thanks to those who helped make Ricky’s wish come true. A celebration of Ricky’s life will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at St. Francis Xavier Church, Route 133, Winthrop. There will be a light luncheon after the service in the church’s parish hall. Memorial donations may be made to Ricky Gibson Memorial Scholarship Fund, care of Maranacook Football Inc., 517 Sturtevant Hill Road, Readfield, ME 04355. Arrangements are in the care of Roberts Funeral Home, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.khrfuneralhomes.com.
RICHARD HENRY GIBSON III
Posted April 13, 2009, at 7:39 p.m.