Sunday, February 14, 2016


  Friends, fellow golfers, drinking pals and all those whose lives he had touched packed into the back bar of Ye Olde King's Head in Santa Monica for a memorial drink and group photograph paying tribute to Tom "Gibbo" Gibson, who died in late January.
With Gibbo on the Isle of Man
  The photograph has been sent, along with others, to his sister Nettie in the Isle of Man, where a similar memorial was held in Gibbo's local pub, the Queen's Arms on the Douglas seafront.
  Aged 71, he was taken to hospital after falling downstairs at his home and was eventually removed from life support. 
  Manchester-born Gibbo, a fervent Manchester City supporter and long time King's Head regular, left his home in Playa del Rey five years ago to return to the UK, where he lived with his sister in the Isle of Man, but he always kept in touch with his friends in California .
    An excellent golfer, he worked as a car salesman in Santa Monica for many years until retiring to
play more golf.
A photo board tribute in the King's Head
  Friendly and affable, he loved a joke and a laugh and, generous to a fault, he was a good friend to many.
   I last saw him in October when my wife and I visited the Isle of Man. We drank with him in his local pub and the following day he took us on a tour of the island.
   He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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