Mr. Laurence “Larry” W. Gibson, a resident of North Andover, formerly of Andover, and beloved husband of Younja An (Ahn) Gibson, passed away on Monday, August 20, 2018, at the High Pointe Hospice House in Haverhill. He was 73 years old.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 19, 1945, he was the son of the late Laurence W. and Helen (Hollander) Gibson. He graduated from Boston College in 1966 with a BS in Political Science. After college, Larry served as a captain in the US Army, serving active duty in South Korea. It was there that he met his wife, Younja. The couple married in Seoul, Korea in 1970 before moving to the United States. After returning to the US, Larry worked for New England Telephone as a Business Office Manager for 25 years. He also had an entrepreneurial spirit and worked tirelessly with his wife to run the Fishing Well Restaurant in Lawrence in the 1980s and Sunday’s General Store in Andover in the 1990s. In his spare time, Larry enjoyed going for walks, watching and rooting for the local sports teams, and taking road trips to visit his children and grandchildren.
Larry was cherished by the many who were lucky to have known him for his sharp wit, candor, intelligence, and his zeal for life. Above all, what set Larry apart was his devotion to his family. He was immensely proud of and loved his children and grandchildren more than anything. He will be dearly missed.
Besides his beloved wife of 48 years, Younja, he is survived by brother Thomas F. and his wife Diane Gibson of Belmont; his loving children Caroline A. and her husband Kerry E. Hoyt of Burbank, California; Laurence W. and his wife Jac-Lyn A. Gibson of Warren, New Jersey; Matthew J. Gibson and his wife Melissa O. Tomascik of Forty Fort, Pennsylvania; Victoria E. and her husband Brian A. Suslak of Andover; and grandchildren Laurence IV, Branden, Gwendilyn, Lucy, Matthew, Berti, and Edward.
His funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine Church, 43 Essex Street, Andover, on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at 10:30 AM. Relatives and friends are most welcome to attend. Calling hours will be held at the Burke-Magliozzi Funeral Home, 390 North Main Street, Andover, on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Interment will be held in the Spring Grove Cemetery in Andover.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Larry’s memory may be made to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 330 Brookline Avenue, Shapiro 9, Boston, MA 02215 or to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, MA 01843. For additional information, please visit, www.burkemagliozzi.com.