Charles Arthur “Bud” Gibney Jr., 84, of Hagerstown died Sunday evening, Dec. 22, 2013, at Homewood Nursing Home in Williamsport after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Born Oct. 4, 1929, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late Charles A. Gibney Sr. and Charlotte Green Gibney. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Virginia Nelson Gibney.
Bud was a 1947 graduate of Hagerstown High School.
After graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force. He advanced to the rank of sergeant while serving as a power plant mechanic, and was proud to have worked on the engines of the B-29 Superfortress. He served in the Air Force until July 1950.
Upon returning from his service in the Air Force, Bud married his high school sweetheart, Virginia Nelson, and began working in the family business, Chas. A. Gibney Florist, where he continued to work until 2010, when his illness forced his retirement.
Bud was introduced to the family business at age 10, when he began selling flowers on the streets of Hagerstown. He was the third generation to run the flower shop, where he was affectionately known as “Mr. G.” Mr. G enjoyed meeting and greeting his customers, and was frequently spotted around town personally delivering flowers in his bright yellow, flowered delivery vehicles.
He had a zest for life, and enjoyed entertaining people with his many stories. He had a great sense of humor, and could often be seen with a mischievous grin on his face, making everyone wonder what he was thinking. He had an endless curiosity and fascination with gadgets, gizmos and electronics, which delighted his grandchildren.
He was deeply loved by his family. He was a wonderful grandfather who was dearly loved by his grandchildren, and he loved them back. He always found time to have fun with the children.
Bud was a lifelong member of Grace United Methodist Church in Hagerstown, belonging to the We Brothers Class, where he taught Sunday school.
He was a 50-year member of Friendship Ancient Free & Accepted Masons Lodge 84, Forest Life Member of Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Hagerstown Forest 95, member of the Hagerstown Shrine Club, and was an honorary life member of the Sayara Unit of Ali Ghan Shriners, a member of Ithiel Chapter 27 of the Royal Arch Masons of Maryland, Palestine Council 16 of Royal and Select Masons of Maryland, and St. Bernard Commandery 9 Knights Templar.
He was also a life member of Elks Lodge 378, associate member of Fraternal Order of Police Thomas Pangborn Lodge 88, Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 and the Hagerstown Lions Club.
He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends.
In addition to his wife, Virginia, he is survived by three daughters, Pamela Gibney Harrison and her husband, Thomas, of Armonk, N.Y., and Rebecca Glesner and her husband, Edwin, and Cheryl Cannon and her husband, Wayne “Jack,” both of Hagerstown; two sisters, Barbara Jane Freeman of Hagerstown, and Charlotte Gibney Fischer and her husband, Stan, of Bonita Springs, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Katie Glesner Culic of West Chester, Ohio, Erin Glesner of Timonium, Md., Lindsay Harrison Lukeman of Larchmont, N.Y., Stacey Cannon Moore of Hagerstown, Tyler Cannon of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Michael Harrison and Matthew Harrison, both of New York, N.Y.; six great-grandchildren, Alexis Gross, Christopher “CJ” Gross Jr., Alexandra (Allie) Moore, Carter Cannon, Emma Rose Lukeman and Eva Culic and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Gibney Binkley, in July 2013.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 712 W. Church St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Curtis Ehrgott will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.
The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. A masonic service will be held at 7 p.m. during visitation.
Online condolences will be accepted at www.minnichfh.com.