Theodore Edward “Ted” MacGibbon, 91, of Palatka, passed from this life peacefully on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 surrounded by his family. Born in Rumford, Maine, he moved to Palatka in the early 1950’s coming from Maine. Ted served honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War period. He worked 39 years as a maintenance supervisor at Hudson Pulp and Paper Company (Georgia Pacific). Ted was very active in local affairs and served 2 terms as a City Commissioner for the City of Palatka (Jan. 1980-84 & Nov. 1994 - Jan 1998). During his tenure as a commissioner, he was instrumental in the City of Palatka’s securing of property on the Palatka Riverfront that was developed into the Riverfront Park and St. Johns River Center. He also spear-headed fund-raising efforts in the community for the building of the Clock-Tower now located on the river front at the end of St. Johns Avenue. Ted also helped secure the first ladder truck for the Palatka Fire Department which was needed to service the Frank George Highrise Apartments. It was also Ted who helped put a deal together to purchase the former Post Office building on 2nd Street for the City of Palatka.
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Ted was likewise involved in numerous community service endeavors including as a long-time member of the Board of Directors for the Palatka Gas Authority (Mar. 1984 - Dec. 1994 & Jan. 1998 – Jan. 2016), a member and Past Master of Palatka Masonic Lodge #34 F&AM where he helped coach and mentor others through the memory work of the Masonic order, a member of the Putnam County Shrine Club, an “honorary member” of the Palatka Woman’s Club (for all his assistance and work alongside his wife). A long-time Kiwanian, he was named Kiwanian of the Year for the River City Kiwanis Club in 1999. As a dedicated member of St. James United Methodist Church, Ted was a regular on the cooking team for chicken dinner fund-raisers for the church and for the boy scouting programs of which he also helped train the young Weblows to be future leaders in Boy Scouts. Outside of his work and civic involvements, Ted was a devoted family man who also enjoyed hunting and traveling to Canada for snow mobile trips with close friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Alice MacGibbon and his parents, Edward MacGibbon and Cora MacGibbon, 2 brothers, Jim MacGibbon and John MacGibbon and a sister, Jean Francis.
Ted is survived by his children, Don MacGibbon of Crescent Beach, DeeDee Parker (Terry) of Summerhaven, Eddie MacGibbon (Loreen) of Palatka and Alice Keith (Brian) of Palatka, a brother, Pete MacGibbon of Dawsonville, GA, a sister, Laurie Knightly of CA, 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services celebrating Ted’s life will be at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Johnson-Overturf Chapel in Palatka. Graveside services will follow at Palatka Memorial Gardens with Masonic Rites and military services bestowed respectively. The family will receive friends Saturday at the funeral home from 9:00 A.M. until the time of services.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Ted’s Book of Memories page at www.johnsonoverturffunerals.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.