Marshall “Jack” Gibson, dear friend and benefactor of Maine Medical Center, passed away on February 24, 2018. He was 88 years old. Recognized and remembered by his friends and family as kind and generous, Jack lived his life by always putting others first and leading with a handshake and smile.
Many patients and MMC caregivers will recognize the Gibson name because excellent oncology care has been delivered at The Marshall L. and Susan Gibson Pavilion since 1998. Jack, who made the pavilion’s naming gift in honor of his late wife, Susan, was a frequent visitor at MMC, where he visited with and supported cancer patients, typically on Sunday mornings.
Jack was known throughout Maine through his work as founder of a company that would become Commercial Paving & Recycling Co. in 1945. In 2010, Jack published an autobiography entitled “Getting Here from There.” The book’s Forward was written by MMC President and CEO Rich Petersen. In an excerpt from that Forward, Rich recalled how he first met Jack and shared what a difference he made in the lives of people he knew very well and others whom he had just met:
“… I first met Jack early one Sunday morning as he was about to push a piece of paper under my office door with a note of inspiration on it for the week ahead. He had a firm handshake and a broad smile. I quickly learned that grass doesn't grow under his feet. This man gets things done. As he does most Sundays, he had already stopped by to visit the hospital cancer patients in a unit that bears his name and that of his late wife Susan. He checks in with the nurses and visits with patients who might enjoy a minute or two or 20 minutes to hear a tale that takes away the worries of the day for the moment. He didn’t want to take up too much of my time, but offered a quick joke that lifted my spirits and set out on his way to what was likely a day full of good deeds. As a hospital chief executive officer, I meet a lot of people, some during the most challenging times of their lives. Jack’s philanthropic spirit has made an extraordinary difference for cancer patients throughout our great state. ..”
Jack’s obituary, recently published in the Portland Press Herald, detailed examples of his philanthropy and business success. Visiting hours are scheduled for Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland.
The caregivers on the Gibson Pavilion who considered Jack family and all of us at Maine Medical Center extend our deepest sympathy to Jack’s wife Ruth Anne and his family. They are in our thoughts and prayers.