Press Release

Hall of Fame Award given posthumously

FREEPORT, Maine — John “Jack” Gibbons was honored posthumously with the 2012 Hall of Fame Award by the Maine Innkeepers Association at its 91st annual meeting and conference, held Nov. 5-6 in Newry, Maine. The award was presented by Bob Smith of Sebasco Harbor Resort and accepted by Laura Honey, a long-time friend of Gibbons.

The Hall of Fame Award is presented by the association to a retired tourism professional who, over a period of 10 years or more, contributed through personal involvement and interest to the betterment of the association and the lodging, hospitality and tourism industry in Maine.

Gibbons grew up in Wisconsin and had a diverse background before coming to Maine. He served during the Korean War, and lhad careers as a game warden, Anchor Hocking Glass salesman in the New York City area and owner of Gibbons Cadillac-Buick in Torrington, Conn.

Gibbons moved to Maine and for 39 years was an owner of Fisherman’s Wharf Inn, Argo Cruises and Boothbay Whale Watch, in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, until his death in December 2011.