Alan Gibb

Alan Gibb
Date of birth: 09 May, 1943
Date of passing: 26 February, 2022

GIBB – Norman Alan Francis (Alan)

Passed away peacefully at Northeast Health Wangaratta on Saturday February 26, 2022 aged 78 years.

Eldest brother to Raymond (dec), Lorraine and Graeme (Dook).

Brother-in-law to Noel.

Uncle Alan to Lisa & Russell, Joshua, Rachael, Alesha.

Loved and remembered always

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Funeral Notice

Funeral Details

The Funeral Service for Mr Norman Alan Francis (Alan) Gibb was held in the Mason Park Chapel, 95 Mason Street, Wangaratta on Tuesday March 8, 2022 at 10.30am.

Burial followed at the Milawa General Cemetery.

A recording of Alan’s Service can be viewed by clicking here.

Please leave your name or message of support for Alan’s family.

Service Booklet

Dennis Woodford shared

I have known Al since 1955. He was always a kind person and friendly. Over the many years we have kept in touch. Al achieved much. He led an expedition into the bush with Dook in search of a hideout of Ned Kelly. He was effective in preventing that bush from being a pine forest. He had a wonderful garden. The Bobinawarrah olive legless lizard was found on Al and Dook’s farm. As with you all, I am very saddened by the passing of Al. My heart goes out to Dook and Lorraine and and all the family.

A Tribute for Alan Gibb by Dennis Woodford

Christine Hay shared

Dear friend Al,
So humble, and so generous in sharing your vast knowledge, love, and passion for the natural environment in all its forms. The world is a better place for your being here. With us always,

Peter Newman shared

I have known Alan since 2014. I contacted him out of the blue to ask about a Kelly site in the ranges near Bobinawarrah, and a week later he very kindly led me and my son to that very site. Since then I have dropped in on him from time to time if I was up Bobinawarrah way, and we occasionally spoke on the phone about things of mutual interest. Alan had a very wide range of interests and knew a lot about the North East and the High Country. You would think being a farmer he would be tied to the land, but he travelled extensively, especially in search of some new species of Acacia. He loved showing people his garden and I have on my desk two very tough seed pods from the tree pictured. I would not have looked twice at this tree (Eu. Youngiana) had Alan not waxed so lyrical about how tough this species was to survive in the desert and about how much energy it would take for those pods to grow. It was quite a botanical lesson and something new that I learnt that day!

I am very sorry to hear of Alan’s passing and offer my condolences to his family. He was a very fine man.

A Tribute for Alan Gibb by Peter Newman

Margaret Clay shared

So sad to lose such a great friend and mentor. Alan was generous with his time and energy to help and protect our native environment. He loved a cheeky jibe and sought to increase his sphere of knowledge daily. His photos spoke thousands of words. Members of the Bobinawarrah/Carboor valley have much to be grateful to him for.
Sincere condolences to Graham, Lorraine and family from Margaret, Demelza & Alastair Clay.

Ian Davidson shared

Alan was a great mate and travelling partner who explored Africa three times.
He even befriended the great silver-backed gorilla!
He enjoyed nature and the people around him and would have a go at anything. It was a priviledge to have known him.
Forever remembered,

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Glen Johnson shared

It was a joy to be in Al’s company.
His quiet unassuming manner belied his incredible wisdom and knowledge – which he was always willing to share – especially where it related to caring for the environment.
We (DELWP) are so grateful for his passion and commitment to conservation; and thank him for his countless volunteer hours in the monitoring and protection of numerous threatened plant and animal species.
Long live the diversity of his much beloved Acacia’s.
Glen Johnson, Dept Environment Land Water & Planning (DELWP)

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sue brunskill shared

Alan was a lovely human being. He was one of those people who you always felt better after having a conversation with. I admired his dedication and actions towards conservation and native plants and animals, and also his adventurous spirit. His sense of humour was lovely . The world was all the better for having you in it Alan and you will be sadly missed by many.

Helen Al Helwani shared

Alan was a valued and long time member of the Wangaratta Historical Society. He was an interesting person, who’d lived a full life, collecting valuable information and experiences along the way- sharing this wisdom generously with those of us lucky enough to be considered friends. RIP Al.
Helen Al Helwani

Peter Robertson shared

After Al rang a couple of weeks ago to say goodbye, my mind wandered back over some of the great times we had together. I first stumbled across Al in the bush while doing wildlife survey in the Warbies in the early 1980s – Al was deeply engrossed in photographing Turquoise Parrots at the time. With a shared passion for nature and photography, we subsequently spent many happy trips in the bush together, looking at various plants or animals, or eagerly checking what surprise was waiting at the bottom of the next pitfall trap. Poring over photos (or, in pre-digital times, slide shows) in his lounge-room was a highlight, as was the garden tour. His enthusiasm for learning about nature was inspiring, but only one facet of this remarkable man. He could turn his hand to most things, and was always keen to learn and to generously share his diverse knowledge with others. When we met up in Bath in 2009, one of our companions said on Al’s departure – “There goes a true gentleman.” I will greatly miss his familiar drawn out welcome at the end of the phone. Bye old mate.
My sincere condolences to Al’s family, and to his many friends, all of whom I am sure are far better people for having known Al.

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Sign the Book for Alan Gibb

  1. Dennis Woodford
  2. Christine Hay
  3. Peter Newman
  4. Margaret Clay
  5. Ian Davidson
  6. Glen Johnson
  7. sue brunskill
  8. Helen Al Helwani
  9. Peter Robertson
  1. Barry Hill
  2. Robyn McDonald & Paul Kneebone
  3. Fay & Kevin Clayton
  4. Suzanne & Ken Plattfuss
  5. Graeme Gardner
  6. David & Bev. Waring
  7. Jenny bell
  8. Peter and Rita Burrowes
  9. Neil & Christine Magee
  10. Brett & Emily Burrowes
  11. John marg gibb
  12. Adrian & Lesley Kiker.. Our wonderful wedding photographer. RIP Alan
  13. Rick Morris
  14. Robyn Doig, condolencesto Gibb family
  15. Bernie Reynolds
  16. Eric and Janine Roman
  18. Pauline Knaggs
  19. Gary + Sue Scholz
  20. Allan Roman
  21. Meryl Limbrecht
  22. Ray and Isabel Dunstan
  23. Lorraine Hall
  24. Gretal Mull
  25. Jim and Thea McCarthy
  26. John and June Bennett and Family
  27. Beverley & Ken Blair
  28. Daniel and Barbara O’Flaherty
  29. Garry&Marion Nash
  30. Pat leanne paola
  31. Nola & Duncan McCallum
  32. Julie, Garry & Tegan Allen
  33. Raya McA
  34. Ray & Pauline McAliece
  35. Natalie O'Connell
  36. Geoffrey Barrow
  37. Val Gleeson & Helen All Helwani
  38. Ron & Marg WELFARE
  39. Ron & Gleniece Hooper
  40. Elio & Silvana Micheli
  41. Graeme & Robyn Pleming
  42. Bernie &Kath Holmes
  43. Will Ford
  44. Ken and Maree Parker
  45. Phillip woodward
  46. Glen McCallum
  47. Lorraine and David Griffiths
  48. Gayle Roman
  49. Betty Bennett
  50. Bill Aitchison & Sue Guymer
  51. Daniel J. Murphy
  52. Sylvia & Hayden BARRY
  53. Dennis Woodford
  54. Jamie Wilson & family
  55. June & John Brown
  56. John Brown
  57. Liz and Ed Golec
  58. Don Hargreaves
  59. Don and Liz Cook
  60. Peter Newman
  61. The Staff of the Wangaratta Blood Donor Centre
  62. Neil, Lyn, Kate & Steph Barclay
  63. Robert and Pat Cook
  64. Kerri and Paul Davenport
  65. Pip & Leslee Gardner & Family
  66. Trudy Hennessy
  67. Doreen holmes
  68. Pam and Wayne Owen ❤️❤️
  69. Di & Shane Wilson
  70. Ian & Alba Land
  71. Helen Mansfield (Murphy)
  72. Esther Morgan
  73. Bill Denheld
  74. Margaret Clay
  75. Fran Carracher
  76. Sue & Mick Clayton
  77. Bob and Heather Charlton
  78. Graeme, Paul and Merle Malcolm
  79. Lindsay Ferguson
  80. Kerry Pace
  81. Peter Robertson & Sally Edwards
  82. Ben Woodford
  83. Peter & Trish Hughes
  84. Lucio Pace
  85. Yvonne Pace
  86. Ian and Yvonne Davidson
  87. Glen Johnson
  88. Sybil Gibb
  89. Kim Hughes
  90. Marion & Brian Hughes
  91. Lyn Leitch (Fisher)
  92. Jacki Emery (née Shirley)
  93. Nat Gigliotti
  94. Bill & Glenice Swinburne
  95. The Hurley Family
  96. Monty &patsy motgomery
  97. Kez, Rhys, Lanie & Ellie Evans
  98. Tom Morgan
  99. Sue Brunskill
  100. John and Barbara Nevin
  101. Richie & Karen O'Brien
  102. Anna and David Bienvenu
  103. Scott Saunders
  104. Jillian Whistler
  105. Ian and Rhonda
  106. Jan Whistler
  107. Owen, Emily, Banjo, Gillen, Cooper-Jai and Hunter Keith
  108. Karen & Jeff Watson
  109. Sally Charlton
  110. Val Gleeson
  111. Ian Gibb