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Kerry Gibbs - Class Of 1970 VIEW PROFILE

Kerry Gibbs

You might remember, Kerry, I believe in 1969, breaking his neck in a football game. He was a quadraplegic the rest of his life. He was able to live independantly his entire life. His body finally gave out in Sept. 2009.

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10/10/09 07:43 AM #1    

Carrie Beard (1970)

What memories! Kerry receiving his diploma at Graduation, for one. Rest peacefully, Kerry.

10/10/09 09:05 AM #2    

Pete Price (1970)

I do remember Kerry. He was in our class. I was at the game where he got injured -- against Poly I thnk. We didn't know how bad it was until afterward and then didn't exactly know how to deal with it. It was the worst thing many of us had ever seen happen to someone. I remember Kerry very fondly. He had a great upbeat personality. He had a dune buggy he used to drive to school. I've often wondered over the years what happened to him. I'm sorry to hear of his passing and hope his life was full.

10/11/09 08:55 PM #3    

Doug Parisek (1969)

I didn't know Kerry well but felt impressed to enquire about him just a few years ago and learned from a relative of his that he was doing well while working in the computer field and living in northern Calif (bay area I think). I can still picture him talking to some of us while we waited for the game bus that took us to Riverside for the game that night. From what I understood he lived a fulfilling life.

10/12/09 02:35 PM #4    

Terry Sweeney (1968)

To the Gibbs family, We are all sadden to the loss of your brother. Many of us, younger and older remember Johnny and his running game and young Kerry following in a Viking tradition. I was so struck that day I heard he was paralyzed for life and his sports career was ended in a bazarre accident. The Sweeney house will always remember all those who have touched us. Please pas on to the family that he still lives on in this web site and through the memories of his friends!

God bless you Johnny and Susan!

11/23/09 10:25 PM #5    

Rhonda Reed (Boyle) (1967)

Johnny, I am so sorry to hear about Kerry. His football accident was so tragic, and I have remembered that incident all my life. Please tell your mother that my family is deeply saddened by Kerry's passing. Rhonda

12/29/09 02:52 PM #6    

Pat McDonnell (Johnston) (1969)

To the Gibbs family,
I am just reading about Kerry's passing and cannot tell you how often I have thought about him and related his accident and tremendous courage to friends and professionals all these years...that wil never change. I was a cheerleader, and at that game...we were all in disbelief...we were all in tears ...we were all praying for him.
I had the good fortune of being invited with some of the senior football team to visit him in the hospital a few days after the injury. His undaunted and upbeat attitude will never be forgotten by me. I hope you all know that when the going gets tough the tough think of Kerry.
What a reminder of the brave as we begin a new year.

With deepest respect and Sincere Sympathy ,Pat McDonnell Johnston

08/03/12 09:38 PM #7    

Shirley Clark (Byron) (1972)

I remember when Kerry brought his neck playing football and later seeing him in the wheelchair. Ididn't know him personaly but I did sell candy bars to help with money for him.Sad to hear of his passing . Shirley Byron (Clark).

08/30/18 12:32 PM #8    

Cathy Brehm (Tomasek) (1970)

I was on the Pom Pom squad at the game with Poly High when Kerry got hurt. He was such a sweet soul. RIP

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