Terry Gibson passed away August 28, 2018 from pneumonia after a valiant two-year struggle with leukemia and subsequent treatments.
Terry was born in Deloraine, Manitoba, and raised on a farm near Waskada, Manitoba. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Brandon University in 1974. He moved to Edmonton where he graduated with a Masters and PhD. in Anthropology from the University of Alberta. He was a dedicated and talented archaeologist devoted to the pursuit of scientific methods in archaeological exploration and analysis. He mentored many staff and students, and earned the respect of the archaeological community in Canada, as well as collaborating with scholars in Scotland, England, and the U.S.
Terry started his career at the Saskatchewan Research Council in Saskatoon. From this the archaeological research firm Western Heritage was established in 1990, and Terry was one of the founding directors. He moved back to Alberta with his family to create an office in St. Albert, which he managed from 1999 to 2016. In 1984 Terry married Jane Plosz, who he met while working on a summer archaeology project in Saskatchewan.
He was predeceased by his father, Harry, and is survived by his wife, Jane–semicolon– son, Patrick–semicolon– mother, Margaret–semicolon– brothers: Kim (Rory), Owen (Debbie)–semicolon– and nephew, Christopher.
He will also be greatly missed by Jane’s siblings and their children, and his surviving cousins, uncle, and aunts. Terry was deeply loved by Jane and Patrick, who cannot imagine a better husband and father.
Terry will be deeply missed by his colleagues, friends, co-workers, and family. He made friends easily with his easy going and positive personality. He was well respected in his professional circle for his important contributions to archaeological research. He enjoyed collaborating on projects with students, providing them with wise but friendly mentoring. He was well loved by his staff, creating a family environment wherever he worked.
In lieu of flowers, the family invites Memorial Donations to the Bodo Archaeological Society and the Archaeological Society of Alberta.