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Obituary Notice – Benjamin P. Gibson

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Celoron:  Benjamin P. Gibson, 31, of Celoron, passed away unexpectedly Monday, January 10th, 2022.  He was born in Buffalo, on November 15, 1990, the son of Sean and Chris (McGarvey) Gibson, of Lakewood.  Ben graduated from Forestville Central School, Class of 2009.  He was an exceptional football player and an accomplished equestrian during his high school years.

  More recently, Ben discovered a love for building and using computers, as well as HAM radios.  He was an avid hunter and fan of live music.  Ben was very fond of cars, motorcycles and travel.  He was a devoted father and will be sincerely missed by his family & friends.

  Survivors include his girlfriend Kelly Priest of Cherry Creek, two daughters, Isabella and Kaylin Gibson, a brother, Bryan Gibson, of Jamestown; and a sister, Breanna (Justin) Nichols, of Fredonia.  Also surviving are his grandmother Elfriede (Xaver) Peischl of Vietach, Germany, a nephew and niece Mason & Evelyn Nichols.  He was predeceased by his loving grandparents John T. & Suzanne Gibson, Charles McGarvey and Eleanor Jacobson.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday evening from 5-7 PM.

  The family suggests memorials may be made to the Venmo account @GibsonGirlsTrust, which will be developed into a financial account for Ben’s beautiful children.

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  • Jamie Gugino
    Posted January 14, 2022 at 10:46 am

    Benny will be very missed. He always had a smile on his face when I would see him. Always knew what to say to cheer someone up. Anytime he was around, everyone near him felt protected. He gave the greatest hugs too. I met Benny when he was only a teen, and carried along a friendship throughout the years.
    We had many long talks, he was very intelligent on many subjects. He loved his daughters and family dearly, I will continue to keep them in my prayers.

  • Michael Skelly
    Posted January 14, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    My heart is heavy…😢😢😢I’m so terribly sorry to the entire family..❤️❤️❤️

  • Joanne Hodkin
    Posted January 14, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. If you need a shoulder I’m here

  • Cindy Schaffer
    Posted January 14, 2022 at 3:32 pm

    Sean and Chris, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both and your family. Love, Cindy and Shirley

  • Christine Johnson
    Posted January 15, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Ben will live in your hearts forever.

  • Kristiina Heptig
    Posted January 15, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Dear Sean & Chris,

    I’m so very sorry to hear about Ben’s passing. You and your family are in my heart & prayers. May God give you strength as you navigate this hellish time.

    Much love,
    Kristiina Heptig

  • Jocelyn Gowanlock
    Posted January 16, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Ben was always so full of laughter and jokes. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. May the memories of Ben bring your heart happiness ❤️ He will be greatly missed.

  • Judith Korff
    Posted January 17, 2022 at 2:10 pm

    What a heart-rending start to this year! I can only imagine your grief. Ben had many, many talents where his essence may gather, so it would not surprise me if he visited you in music, or in a joyous day when your energy and bond with the earth seems more intense than normal, or perhaps in an unexpected sports victory of some sort. May he journey on in harmony, and visit you often.

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