Garth had huge zest for life

PUBLISHED: 11:39 04 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:06 10 June 2010

The Exmouth Society is so saddened at the loss of Garth Gibson.

The Exmouth Society is so saddened at the loss of Garth Gibson. He was a valued president who took an active interest in its activities, and could be relied upon to preside over the society's events.

He rarely missed a meeting. His intelligence, charm and wonderful sense of humour characterised the man. Always a pleasure to be with, he was always able to add so much to any occasion.

Garth had long had a deep interest in the history of Exmouth and wrote his thoroughly researched history of the town, Exmouth, Her Age of Elegance, and also the account of his role as town crier.

He was active until the last, attending the society's annual meeting on the Wednesday evening and contributing fully to the proceedings. He was his usual witty self. There was no hint that he was unwell. It came as a huge shock to hear he had died, later that evening, on his way home.

His huge zest for life, and his ability to share it with other people, will be our enduring memory. As is said in his beloved Cornwall, the county of his birth, "He has gone round the headland."

Michael J Gittin

Chairman, Exmouth Society

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