David Allen Gibson, Sr.

  • Born: November 18, 1935
  • Died: March 1, 2019
  • Location: North Royalton, Ohio

Babitt-Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

9350 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133

Tel. (440) 237-4569

Tribute & Message From The Family

David Allen "Santa" Gibson, Sr., age 83, of North Royalton, Ohio, and longtime resident of Berea, Ohio; beloved husband of the late Anne Elizabeth Gibson (nee Gainey) who passed away in May 2008, and longtime partner of Patricia Stang of North Royalton; loving father of David A. Gibson, Jr. (Mary Ann), Daniel Gibson (Patty), and Julie Nelson (Scott); dear grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 2; cherished brother of Ruby Snyder (Robert, deceased), and the late Charles "Chuck" Gibson, David was born in Middlebranch, Ohio and graduated from Middlebranch High School. David was quite proud after having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as a young man. He was retired after having worked for many years for Capital Airlines and United Airlines in Canton and in Cleveland. David was a longtime, well known "Santa Claus" and had a great passion for sharing the joy and spirit of Christmas with school children and nursing home residents. Everywhere he went, David always had a pocketful of candy canes to share with people of all ages. David served as President of the Berea High School Boosters, and was a frequent, generous blood and platelets donor. David attended North Royalton Christian Church and will be dearly missed by his Church family. David will be remembered and his life celebrated on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at North Royalton Christian Church, 5100 Royalton Road, North Royalton, Ohio 44133. Cremation by Busch Crematory. Although flowers are appreciated, the family suggests memorial contributions be forwarded to the Hospice of the Western Reserve, P.O. Box 72101, Cleveland, Ohio 44192 or please visit www.hospicewr.org, or to North Royalton Christian Church.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sorry I missed the celebration of life, I JUST found out about it now! Dave was a wonderful man and a fixture in "lost and found"! He was so much fun, I remember, years ago, being down in the flats at one in the morning, and meeting up with him and Annie while on our boat! They were having such a good time, it was late, so I assumed he didn't have to be at work in three hours. After about 15 mins. The subject came up and he said there was no problem, he'll take a little nap it will be fine. He'd go in to work and be superb at his job. I never remember him ever gettin angry, or upset, always happy and calm. Never met a stranger! He was loved and will be missed!!

Posted by Terry Bracken - Rocky river, OH - coworker   March 10, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. I enjoyed working with Dave for United in Cleveland.
My thoughts and prayers for the family. May God give you peace and comfort.
RIP Dave✝

Posted by Jim Nelson - Fairview Park, OH - Coworker   March 08, 2019

Dave was a friend and mentor during our days at United Air Lines. I've never met a kinder gentleman.

Posted by Bob Rosenbauer - Westlake, OH - friend   March 08, 2019

Uncle Dave was such a true light of joy and fun!!! I know when Dad was sick, seeing his beloved brother was one of the things on his Bucket List that helped make his last days so blessed. I will miss the twinkle in his eyes and his fun stories!! We didn't get a chance to visit that much, but he was a great man that I will miss!!! My love and prayers to Dave, Danny and Julie and all the kids and to Pat.

Posted by Pennie Gibson - Cary, NC - Family   March 06, 2019

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