Mr. Charles E. Gibson, of Waltham, died on Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at Lahey Clinic in Burlington. He was 89.
Charlie was born in Framingham on July 29, 1933, a son of the late George and Cecelia (O’Handley) Gibson, and moved with his family to Cambridge when he was twelve. After graduating from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School he joined the United States Air Force and served for four years during the Korean War.
He worked for years as a trucker for Red State Lines and Signal Delivery and was an expert tandem trailer long haul driver. Charlie was a member of Teamsters Local 25.
A fifty year Waltham resident, he had been a member of the board of directors of Wheels of Happiness, an organization that for more than twenty years provided recreation, entertainment and transportation to hundreds of developmentally disabled people in the local area.
Charlie was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge No. 1018 and the Joseph F. Hill American Legion Post No. 156, both in Waltham. He and his family also enjoyed many vacation excursions to Glace Bay, Nova Scotia and to South Carolina.
He leaves his wife, Eleanor M. (Landini) Gibson; his son, Charles E. Gibson, II (Deborah) of Falls Church, Virginia; his grandchildren, Brian P. Wenckus, Jennifer M. Brown, Kristen E. Garrison, John M. Gibson and Daniel J. Gibson; his great-grandchildren, Hailey, McKayla and Joseph Brown, Flynn, Nolan and Callie Garrison and Zane and Carleigh Gibson; his daughter-in-law, Evelyn Gibson; his brothers, George Gibson of Bedford and Robert Gibson of Revere and several nieces, nephews and their families.
Charlie was also the father of the late U.S. Capital Police Detective John M. Gibson and Karen M. Baer and a brother of the late Jack, James, William, Patricia and Michael Gibson and Mary Sledge.
Family and friends will honor and remember Charlie’s life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Tuesday, August 1st from 4 to 7 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, 311 River Street, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at 1:15 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Friends of the Waltham Seniors, c/o Kathy Luppy, 84 Lauricella Lane, Waltham, MA 02452.