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307 South Palm Avenue
Palatka, FL 32177
Phone: (386) 325-4521
Theodore MacGibbon

Theodore Edward MacGibbon

Sunday, September 23rd, 1928 - Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
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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.
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
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
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J. Normand JUTRAS

Posted at 04:19am
It is a very sad moment for Ted‘s family. Ted lived the explanatory life in every thing he did. He was example of every phase of life and always with a smile. It was a pleasure to have known Sara Alice and Ted as they were our first introduction to PALATKA.
Sara Alice greeted us with famous Apple cake to welcome and introduce us to city they loved. What a beautiful legacy Ted and Sara Alice lived. It with deepest sympathy to the family that we sadly say goodby to Ted.
Susan and J.Normand Jutras

Dee MacGibbon Parker Posted at 02:02pm

Thank you for your wonderful comment.

Linda Ratz

Posted at 01:53pm
Phyllis Ratz and Linda Ratz Thompson, Melrose, FL send their heartfelt sympathy. He was a wonderful and accomplished man, father. friend, visionary.

Donna Gates Rickett

Posted at 02:04pm
This is a heart braking. This man and my dad where very close. And he taught me many things. And was always there when my dad needed him. Sending comfort to all.


Posted at 11:14am

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