2018-08-09 / Obituaries

James Hamilton McMillan Gibson

James Hamilton McMillan “Jimmy” Gibson of Newport, Rhode Island died on May 3, 2018, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 78 years old.

Mr. Gibson was a man of many interests. He loved cars, boats, photography, and his family and was known as a captivating storyteller.

Mr. Gibson was born on March 20, 1940, the son of James and Patience (Agnew) Gibson. He grew up in Washington, D.C., and attended St. Albans School, Fay School, and St. Paul’s School. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the Parsons School of Design in New York City and a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication. He served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves from 1962 to 1968.

After graduating from Parsons, Mr. Gibson worked for Raymond Loewy in New York City. He later moved to Maine and became vice president of sales and marketing for Bruno Stillman Boats in Portsmouth, N.H. He was an investment advisor at Shearson Lehman/American Express in Portland, Maine. Mr. Gibson helped raise funding for startups and served as vice chairman of the board of World Energy Solutions. He held a leadership position at Security Traders Association.

On September 5, 1982, Mr. Gibson married Cynthia Clement Mates. The couple enjoyed more than 36 happy years of marriage until his death. He and Cynthia lived alternately in New York City and York Harbor, Maine. In 2002, they moved to Newport, Rhode Island. They travelled extensively and were both active in the Newport Community.

Mr. Gibson was an avid photographer, and following his passion for cars, Mr. Gibson started to photograph Formula 1 Races at the age of sixteen. He developed a huge Kodachrome portfolio of photographs of these races, the cars and their drivers during the 1950’s and 60’s. Mr. Gibson continued to photograph various races, from Indy Car races to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, England . In 2007, Mr. Gibson exhibited his portfolio when he and his wife Cynthia organized the Vanderbilt Concours d’Elegance, an auto show at the Mansions of Newport, R.I.

Mr. Gibson was also a fisherman and sailor. He raced his Friendship Sloop and 18-foot Hobie Cat. He was a correspondent for National Fisherman on commercial fishing. In 1976, Mr.Gibson co-authored “Tell it Good-Bye, Kiddo,” a book about the decline of the New England offshore fishing industry. He was deeply interested in the economics and politics of the industry, and served as director of the National Federation of Commercial Fishermen.

In Newport, Mr. Gibson was active in the Seaman’s Church Institute, and a member of the Spouting Rock Beach Association and the New York Yacht Club. He was a member of the York Harbor Reading Room, and the York Golf Club. He was a member and served as Foreman of the York Volunteer Veteran Fireman’s Association for 14 years.

Mr. Gibson leaves his wife, Cynthia; his sister, Virlinda (Gibson) Walsh; his brother, Randall Gibson; his stepbrother, Michael Price; his aunt, Anstiss Smithers; his nephew, Nathaniel Walsh; and his nieces, Henrietta (Walsh) Luneau and Natasha (Gibson) Livits, three grandnephews and a grandniece, and many other family members and close friends.

His memorial service is being held on Aug. 16 at Trinity Church in York Harbor, Maine.

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