Thomas R. Gibson, 89

Carpenter, homebuilder Thomas Russell Gibson, a retired carpenter and homebuilder, died of congestive heart failure Thursday at his Fallston home. He was 89.

June 26, 2007

Born in Baltimore and raised near Patterson Park, he was a 1935 Polytechnic Institute graduate. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after the attack at Pearl Harbor and served in the Pacific. He fought in the invasion of Guadalcanal, where he contracted malaria.

He worked for Monumental Millwork before founding Village Contractors Inc., a residential building and remodeling company, in 1961. He worked primarily in White Marsh and Harford County. He later sold home care products.

Mr. Gibson was active in the civil rights movement in the 1960s and participated in the 1963 March on Washington, at which the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke.

His wife of 40 years, the former Claire Dolores Noppenberger, died in 1984.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. July 7 at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church in Fallston, where he served as an ordained deacon.

Survivors include two sons, Kevin Thomas Gibson of Charlottesville, Va., and Brian Joseph Gibson of Fallston; four daughters, Mary Veronica Gibson of Hagerstown, Mary Claire Gibson of Jacksonville, Fla., Mary Frances Weyforth of Belair and Mary Barbara Horanoff of Fallston; three sisters, Marian Lee of Panama City, Fla., Eileen Adams of Baltimore and Virginia Torrico of Staunton, Va.; and 10 grandchildren. A daughter, Mary Regina Gibson, died in 1973.

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