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Brigg mourns popular man

Popular former Brigg teacher and local sportsman Adrian Gibbons who died  suddenly at his home last week. EMN-140314-105139001

Popular former Brigg teacher and local sportsman Adrian Gibbons who died suddenly at his home last week. EMN-140314-105139001

Students and staff at Sir John Nelthorpe School, as well as Old Briggensians, have been mourning the death of a popular teacher and sportsman.

Adrian Gibbons died at his home in Brigg following a heart attack in the early hours of Tuesday morning last week. He was 62.

Mr Gibbons started as a pupil at the school in the mid 1960s.

He soon became identified as an outstanding sportsman, particularly as a footballer.

After qualifying he returned to the school as a teacher of PE and also of special needs.

He spent his whole teaching career at the school and his death came while he was still on the staff.

His football career saw him playing semi professionally, including many games as a striker with Brigg Town FC.

He carried on playing for the Briggensians FC team with present and past pupils when his days at the higher level were over.

Known to everyone as ‘Gibby’, he had a heart attack three years ago whilst playing football for the Briggensians FC team, but he returned to teach and continued playing football.

He was a regular at Briggensians sporting events and was also a handy cricketer and golfer locally.

A popular figure around the town, frequently he was seen on his bike and wearing shorts.

Former colleague David Britain said on behalf of the Briggensians Association: “Gibby made no concessions to his heart problems 
and continued with his life at full pace, this is what he wanted.

“Our thoughts and sympathy go out to Jane his wife and his two girls, Kelly and Lucy.”

Close friend and footballing colleague Carl Sherwood said: “He was the best friend I could ever have had, a Mr Chips who loved his job.

“He did not want to retire, he was great company and loved pub quizzes.

“He was at school on Monday and refereed a school football match that night.

“He had played for the Briggensians team on Saturday.”

Mr Gibbons funeral takes place on Wednesday March 19 at 2.45pm in St John’s Church.

 

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