Peter D. Gibson, 67, of Middletown passed away suddenly Monday, July 17, 2017 at Miriam Hospital in Providence surrounded by his loving family. He was survived by his devoted wife, Suzanne (Harpin) Gibson.

Peter was born in Newport, son of the late Harold T. and Barbara (Sullivan) Gibson.

He was a graduate of De La Salle Academy and Roger Williams University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. He was known for his unique sense of humor, as an avid collector of “stuff” and always getting the last word. He was a man of many talents. He always remained busy with his various properties on Aquidneck Island. His careers included General Dynamics Electric Boat and Peter retired from the Newport Housing Authority in 2016.

He loved travelling and following graduation from college, backpacked throughout Europe. He loved skiing, kayaking, and spending time on his boat “Gibson Girl”, lovingly named after his mother. His passion for sports was shared with his family, as an avid fan of the Patriots, Boston Red Sox, and Boston Celtics.

Peter was devoted to his family and friends. Besides his wife of 27 years, he leaves a step son, Ryan Murphy and his wife Amy of Largo, FL, a step daughter, Micaela Boland and her husband Erik of Tampa, FL, and a son Benjamin Gibson of Newport.

Peter is also survived by his brothers and sisters Harold Gibson of East Greenwich, Barbara Ripa and her husband Jack of Middletown, and Shaun Gibson and his wife Donna of Middletown. He was the grandfather of Heaven, Jaden, Madison, and Michael.

He was a devoted uncle to his nieces, nephews, and grandchildren, leaving many memories of their adventures together.

He was preceded in death by his sister Mary Destremps and brother Michael Owen Gibson.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 9:30AM from the Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00AM in St. Mary’s Church, Corner of Spring and Williams Streets, Newport. Burial will follow in St. Columba Cemetery, Middletown.

Calling hours will be in the funeral home, Friday evening from 4:00PM to 7:00PM.

Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 1 State Street, Suite 200, Providence, RI 02908 and Special Olympics 1133 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036-3604 USA

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