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ROBERT E. GIBBS, FORMER RESTAURATEUR <br> MARCH 11, 1922 -- OCT. 29, 2004

Robert E. Gibbs, a former restaurateur, died Friday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a long illness. He was 82.

Mr. Gibbs was born in Buffalo and was a graduate of Seneca High School. He lived in Cheektowaga for 54 years.

He served in the Marines as a staff sergeant during World War II.

He was a part-owner of Town and Country Restaurant in Cheektowaga for 35 years, retiring in 1989.

Mr. Gibbs participated in many organizations. He was past president of the Rotary Club of Cheektowaga; past member of Cleveland Hill, Forks and U-Crest fire departments; and a life member of Forks Hose Company No. 2, where he was president and line officer.

He was a member of Forks and Cleveland Hill Exempt Associations, Erie County Volunteer Firemen's Association, Cheektowaga Exempts Association, New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, 4th Degree St. Maximillian Kolbe Assembly and Color Corps, and a life member of 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Gibbs was a member of Father Justin Senior Knights, St. Barnabas Church Holy Name Society and Usher Society, the 4th Marine Division Association, and Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Florence Lysiak of Cheektowaga; a son, Dennis of Cheektowaga; a daughter, Joanne Schoellkopf of East Amherst; a brother, John of Haines City, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 2049 George Urban Blvd., Depew. It will be preceded by prayers at 9:30 in Pacer Funeral Home, 2275 George Urban Blvd., Depew. Burial will be in St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Lancaster.

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