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Richard R. Gibbons Sr., industrial sales executive

April 30, 1931 – April 18, 2014

Richard R. Gibbons Sr., a Korean War veteran and industrial sales executive, died last Friday in his Getzville home after a long battle with cancer. He was 82.

A longtime resident of North Buffalo, Mr. Gibbons graduated from Bennett High School in 1949 and earned an associate degree from Bryant & Stratton Business Institute. He served in the Navy during the Korean War in 1953.

Mr. Gibbons started in the industrial sales business at Glennco Sales in North Tonawanda as a salesman in 1971 and later became the sales manager there. After leaving Glennco, he took a position as vice president at Gateway Industrial Supply Co. in Tonawanda, retiring in 2002.

A member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Mr. Gibbons also was a 50-year member of A.J. Jurek Post 1672, American Legion, and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He was a committee chairman for Troop 125 at St. Margaret Catholic Church in North Buffalo for 10 years. After retirement, he learned to play classical guitar at the Amherst Senior Center. He also enjoyed golfing, hockey and fishing.

His wife of 61 years, Sheila Stranahan Gibbons, died Sept. 21, 2013.

Survivors include his two sons, Richard R. Jr. and John Patrick; four daughters, Mary Ellen, Colleen Tunney, Maureen Gold and Kathleen Kirk; and nine grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Newman Center at the University at Buffalo, 495 Skinnersville Road, Amherst.

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