John F. Gibbs

  • Born: February 4, 1943
  • Died: December 21, 2020
  • Location: Easton, Massachusetts

Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services

605 Washington St
PO Box 34
Easton, MA 02375
Tel. (508) 238-4269

Tribute & Message From The Family

EASTON----John F. Gibbs, 77, a longtime resident of Easton, passed away on Monday, December 21, 2020 after a period of failing health. He was the loving husband of the late Dolores E. (Palano) Gibbs.

Born in Bangor, Maine, a son to the late Fred A. and Mary E. (Stubbs) Gibbs, he was raised in Hyde Park, MA and was a graduate of Cathedral High School in Boston. He continued his education at Boston College, studying accounting, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree, and later earned his Master's degree from Northeastern University.

John was a self-employed certified public accountant for the past 25 years working up until recently. He began his career with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, serving as the Director of Revenue for Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston. John was a consummate professional and dedicated the last years of his life to serving his clients. He was an advocate for all those he knew – both on a personal and professional level.

John took great pleasure in volunteering his time to numerous charitable organizations. An avid cook who enjoyed the taste of good food, he also loved to dance, particularly the jitterbug with the love of his life, his late wife Dolores. John was an enthusiastic collector of Department 56 "Villages," and for many years his displays brought delight to his friends and family at Christmas-time. John was a life member of the Knights of Columbus Council 238 in Easton.

John is survived by his children, John F. Gibbs Jr of New York, Michelle M. Colasante and her husband Angelo of Bedford, Joann M. Maguire and her husband John of South Carolina, Kirk J. Gibbs of Boston and Sheila M. Tucker of New York; a sister, Nancy E. Morgan of Hermon, ME; a cousin, Ronald S. Page of Stoughton; his aunt, Patricia C. Marley of Stoughton; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, a niece and nephews, all of whom he loved dearly. He was also the devoted father of the late Christine M. Gibbs.

A private wake will be held in Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services 605 Washington Street (Rte.138) Easton, followed by a funeral Mass requiring mask & social distancing on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church, 193 Main Street, Easton. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Easton. Donations in John's memory may be sent to My Brother's Keeper, PO Box 338, Easton, MA. 02356. For directions or condolences visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

Missing you so much, Daddy but I know you are watching over me and guiding me through my next adventure in life.

Posted by Sheila - Family   June 24, 2021

Michelle- I am so very sorry to hear of your father's passing. He was always very kind when I would be at your house when we were growing up. Truly, my deepest sympathies to you and the rest of your family. Sending love.

Posted by Laurie Sullivan - Grafton, NH - Family Friend   March 12, 2021

Missing you and love you, Dad

Posted by Sheila Tucker - Averill Park, NY   February 17, 2021

Happy Birthday, John. I miss you everyday. Love, Nancy

Posted by Nancy Morgan - Hermon, ME - sister   February 04, 2021

Condolences to all the Gibbs family on the death of John. John and I were classmates at Cathedral High, class of 1960. May he rest in peace.

Father John

Posted by Father John Hanley OMI - Tewksbury, MI - Classmate   January 08, 2021

Thoughts and prayers to the Gibbs family. John would always take the time to have a chat with me when we'd run into each other, usually when he was shopping and I was working at the store during my high school/college years. John's son John Jr was an old schoolmate of mine as well as his daughter Christine. Great memories with all the Gibbs family. May the precious memories be of comfort during this time and all the days ahead.

Posted by Jay Carvalho - North Easton, MA - Neighbor   January 04, 2021

My heart is truly broken. John's presence in my life was a gift from God. John's wisdom, care, support nurtured me through dark moments.

His 40-year friendship with my mother was filled with respect and care. He was always an extremely skilled and accomplished a consummate professional in every sense.

He stood by me in his final days, supporting me without hesitation. He actively listened to every word with empathy and made decisions with integrity. I owe him a gift of gratitude. May Christ, the true Shepherd, embrace you as one of his flock.

Posted by Diane Proctor - West Newton, MA - Friend   January 01, 2021

Dear Gibbs Family, Pat and I are so sorry for your loss. We all know that John and Dolores are in Heaven together again. Rest in Peace John.

Posted by Joseph Mastrorilli - VENICE, FL - Friend   December 24, 2020

From 1971-1973 I worked at the Mass. Mental Health Center. I started there as an assistant in the Treasurer's Office. Literally the day he told me I'd finished my 3 month training period successfully, I had to tell him I'd seen another job at the Center in Recreational Therapy and been hired. I will never ever forget how he handled this news and have told countless numbers of people over the years. He made the most gracious response I've ever heard. He said, "Lee, you have to look out for yourself in this world and if this suits you more, go for it. Don't ever be afraid to do that". So many people would've thrown a fit and it took a lot for me to tell him. He'd been a very fair boss but this response absolutely floored me. I have repeated this story so many times. I'm sorry for your loss and send my condolences. I wish I'd told him how much this meant to me in my life.

Posted by Lee Paul - Newton, MA - Coworker   December 24, 2020

My condolences to John’s family. I got to know John over the last couple of years and John was a good man who worked tirelessly for his clients. John was a gentleman and now he can join his beloved wife Dolores. RIP. Rick Lawton

Posted by Richard Lawton - Friend   December 24, 2020

John was a wonderful friend and the greatest accountant to be found, We enjoyed Johns friendship for over 50 years, imagine that, we were only kids then. John is in a happier place now and finally back with his Delores, He will be greatly missed by all. God Bless

Posted by Steven & Diane Coughlin - buzzards bay, MA - Family Friend   December 24, 2020

Sending our love and condolences to all. John was a great man and a wonderful friend. I know he's dancing with Delores. Rest in Peace! ♡

Posted by Patricia Mastrorilli - Venice, FL - Friend   December 23, 2020