- Inducted in 2008
Lloyd Gibson was the second youngest of nine children, born in Lions Head, Ontario in 1908. He grew up in Thessalon, where he starred as a baseball and lacrosse player.
Mr. Gibson was recruited to work at General Motors and played indoor lacrosse for the company team. He married Georgene Ramsay in 1935 and took his bride to Oshawa, where they lived until 1939. He and his growing family moved several times as a result of his work with London Life until settling in Whitby in 1949. Mr. and Mrs. Gibson had four sons, Bryan, David, Ross and Neil and a daughter, Margaret, who died in infancy. After Georgene’s death, Lloyd married Mabel Holmes, who had a daughter, Marilyn.
Lloyd did not waste any time getting involved with the local athletic scene and was instrumental in forming the Whitby Lacrosse Club in 1955 (Whitby Merchants – Intermediates) and the Whitby Minor Lacrosse Association in 1958. The Whitby Merchants evolved into a Junior A team, the Whitby Red Wings, the 1960 Minto Cup Finalists.
He was actively involved in lacrosse at the provincial level and became president of the Ontario Minor Lacrosse Association in 1963. Mr. Gibson won the McKenzie Award, the OLA’s highest honour, in 1965 and is also honoured as a Lifetime Member of the OLA. He was determined throughout his lengthy sports career to encourage local involvement and was instrumental in the formation of a Junior B Club in 1969. He was a lifetime member of the Whitby Junior Lacrosse Club, a tireless supporter of the Rotary Club (president), a school board chairman and a director of the Children’s Aid Society.
Mr. Gibson won the Peter Perry Award in 1960. He also coached baseball for several years in the Whitby Minor Baseball Association.