Daryl Robert Gibson

January 29, 1939October 31, 2018

It is with profound sorrow and gratitude for a life well-lived that we announce the passing of Robert (Bob) Gibson on October 31, 2018. Born January 29, 1939, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was devoted to his family and is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Sue, his children Noah and Brianna and his brother Tom (Karen). Throughout his professional life, he had many varied musical experiences, as a performer, coach, teacher and student ensemble director. He was a founding member of the Mount Royal Brass Quintet and performed extensively with the Montreal Symphony under Charles Dutoit as well as with l’Opéra de Montréal and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. In his 33 year career at McGill, affectionately called Dr. Bob by his students, he held many positions including chairing the Brass and Woodwind Areas and the Orchestral Training Program. In retirement, he enriched his love of music by singing in the Christ Church Cathedral choir and he particularly enjoyed travelling with his family. We will remember him as an avid reader, athlete, a lover of history, with a keen interest in current events and someone who always saw the big picture. He was admired and appreciated by many for his measured and insightful counsel. Over the last two months, he was lovingly supported and cared for by close family, dear friends and the attentive staff at St Mary’s Hospital in Montreal. A celebration of Bob’s life is being planned for summer 2019. Should you wish to make a donation in his name please make it to St Mary’s Hospital Cancer Care Fund.


Daryl Robert Gibson

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Tom Philpott

November 7, 2018

Bob was my much loved uncle. He had, and will continue to have, a profound positive impact on my life. His manner of speech had the conviction, timing and rhythm fitting of a musician leader, which defined part of his life. He exhibited strength without being overpowering and treated people with respect. I last saw him shortly before he passed and he maintained a twinkle in his eye, a sense of humour, but also understood and accepted the existential gravity of what was transpiring. He was a great role model in terms of work ethic, hearing him practice his craft while on vacation at the beach, but, more importantly, as a person.