1940 - 2017 Obituary
AGE: 76 • Brick
Russell M. Gibson Age 76 of Bricktown, died Sunday March 5, 2017 at his home in Brick. A native of Orange who was raised in Newark, NJ before moving to Brick in 1963. He was a man of many trades. He was a professional blacksmith at Freehold Raceway, a barber, a dinner theater owner/operator/performer, a playwright, stand-up comedian, and an expert tailor. Since retiring as a blacksmith he found his passion as an actor. He has shared the big screen with many great actors on dozens of movies and tv shows. Some movies he is in are Big, Analyze This, Scent of a Woman, Unfaithful, Regarding Henry and The Polka King which will be released soon. Some television shows he had multiple appearances on are Black List, Law and Order, One Life to Live, All My Children and Saturday Night Live. He is a long-standing member of the Screen Actors Guild. He enjoyed having family and friends spotting him on various shows.
Besides acting he loved playing piano, guitar, violin, cooking, sewing, gardening and singing Karaoke. You name it he has done it!!!! Even piloting a plane! He lived life to the fullest and could always make people smile and laugh. What he loved most was spending time with his family, home and traveling to Maine. He loved his family more than anything in this world. He was a supportive, honorable, kind and strong father. He was "the family rock" to his children and grandchildren. He had a rich life with the ones he loved most. He will be missed and is loved. He is predeceased by his parents Albertina and John Gibson. He is survived by his brother John Gibson, former wife Judith Gibson, his son Reginald Gibson, Daughter and son in law Marylou and Robert Clayton and grandchildren Brian and Nicholas.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, 12 noon at Epiphany Church, 615 Thiele Rd., Brick. Arrangements are under the direction of Laurelton Memorial Funeral Home, 109 Pier Ave., Brick, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Actor's Fund of America, 729 7th Ave., 10th Floor, New York City, NY 10019 or www.actorsfund.org. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.laureltonmemorial.com
Published in Asbury Park Press from Mar. 11 to Mar. 13, 2017