James Gibson, who was a wonderful husband, dad and grandad passed away peacefully at St John’s Hospice, Doncaster with his wife, Sally and daughters, Laura and Fiona by his side. He will be deeply missed by his grandchildren, Matthew, Tommy and Lily.
James, who was known as Jim, was loved by all who knew him.
Jim, of Hatfield, originally from Askern, went to De La Salle College in Sheffield, and went on to study to be a teacher at De La Salle College, Hopwood Hall, Manchester. He began his career as a teacher of Physical Education at St George’s RC Secondary School, Little Hulton, Manchester. He completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Science from Loughborough University. After eight years of teaching, Jim gained a post in Bermuda, teaching at Northlands Primary School and West Pembroke Primary School. During his six years in Bermuda, he swapped from playing football to rugby, joining Teachers RUFC. He represented the National Team of Bermuda in 1970. He became Captain of Renegades RUFC.
In 1975 he returned to England and taught at Holy Family Primary School, Stainforth, where he became Deputy Head. After 20 years of teaching he was appointed Head Teacher of St Mary’s RC Primary School, Edlington and he remained there for 20 years.
A parishioner of Holy Family Parish, Stainforth, Jim was a Foundation Governor at Holy Family and McAuley schools for many years.
In his parish he ran the 250 Club for 39 years. It raised over £39,000. He also called bingo every week. He was a founder member of the Knights of St Columba in Stainforth.
His generosity of spirit, warm and positive outlook, his gentleness and concern for new headteachers, his example, witness and contribution to his parish, our Diocese and to the wider Church was significant. We have been richly blessed to have his ministry among us.
The family intend to celebrate Jim’s life at a Memorial Mass and Reception held next year.
May he rest in peace.