Joseph Franklin Gibison Jr., 83, of Lutherville, Md., passed away peacefully at Gilchrist Hospice in Towson, Md., surrounded by family Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. Joe was born and raised in northern New Jersey. Joe went to Montclair High School, where he was president of his graduating class of 1956. After graduation, Joe went to the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with a degree in economics. While at Penn, Joe enjoyed being in the fraternity Beta Theta Pi and he said it was much like the movie “Animal House.”
After Penn, Joe attended NYU for his master's at night while working for Bank of New York. During his 20s, Joe often bartended for extra cash, which led to him teaching his children the importance of always tipping well. Joe eventually went into pharmaceutical sales, which brought him and his family to Baltimore in the 1970s. Joe spent much of his career working for Colorcon traveling to his accounts up and down the East Coast. Joe’s daughter enjoyed accompanying him on winter business trips to Florida. While Joe was dedicated to his career, he always put family first, never missing one of his son’s football games. Joe lived with his daughter and granddaughter in Lutherville, Md., since the passing of his wife in 2019, before he took ill earlier this summer.
In his younger years, Joe spent summers at the Jersey shore and eventually summered in Delaware, where his daughter has a beach home in Lewes. In retirement, Joe enjoyed watching sports, reading the NY Post and Baltimore Sun, and spending time with his grandchildren. Joe loved Elvis Presley, Jeopardy, the Orioles and the Ravens. He would ask his son about game scores while he endured cancer treatments. Joe was a proud member of the Republican Party but was open-minded enough to entertain opposing opinions.
Joe’s memory will be cherished by his beloved family and friends, including his daughter, Kathleen Carole “KC” Gibison and granddaughter, Colette “Coco” Flynn Gibison of Lutherville, Md.; son, Joseph F. Gibison III, wife Christine, and grandsons Joseph F. Gibison IV and Thomas Ross Gibison of Davidsonville, Md.; his brother-in-law, Brian Flynn and wife Tricia of Franktown, Colo.; his niece, Kelly Flynn Keck, her husband Bryan, and grandnieces Emilia and Dafne of San Diego, Calif.; nephew, Sean Flynn of Castle Rock, Colo.; his niece, Jessica Gibison Nickelsen, her husband Todd, and grandnieces Alivia and Isabella of Jefferson, Ga.; his friends from high school, college, and the community.
Joe is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 50 years, Carole Ann Gibison; his parents, Joseph F. Gibison Sr., and Alice McCullen Gibison; his sister, Alice Gibison Tanner Snyder and her husband Robert; and his in-laws, Joseph Flynn and Catherine Flynn.
Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19, at Ruck Funeral Home in Towson, Md. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, at Immaculate Conception Church in Towson. Interment of ashes to follow mass for immediate family only. Luncheon for friends and family to follow mass.