In Memory of Brett Gibert
Brett Michael Gibert
November 17, 1960 – June 5, 2014
Brett Gibert’s life came to a close too soon on June 5, 2014, following complications from surgery. Gibert, 53, was a friend for life from the moment he met someone. His passionate and friendly soul loved life to the fullest. Even when working, Gibert entertained his co-workers with fun banter and quick wit. Gibert was a member of the Brotherhood of the Carpenters and was a skilled interior installer for more than 30 years.
In play, Gibert was an adventurer who adored the challenge of learning new and different things. He collected guitars and found his solace while playing riffs of Todd Rundgren. An outdoor enthusiast, Gibert frequently joined his buddies on mountain bike rides in the Columbia River Gorge. He also loved cheering for his Portland Trail Blazers. He was an extremely talented artist, woodworker and avid collector of all genres of music.
With family, Gibert enjoyed traveling with his wife Lisa, snuggling with the family’s dog, Ellie, attending soccer games and practices with his son , Nathan, or encouraging his daughter, Megan, in her singing and theatrical performances.
Gibert had an infectious spirit and a strong commitment to helping those in need. From his deep love for his family, siblings and mother, to an unfettered devotion to friends and co-workers, Gibert always took time to listen and be present in their lives.
He also kept himself in check, making a point not to take life too seriously. He often poked fun at awkward or uncomfortable situations and laughed at himself. Even during his final days, he laughed, cried and reminded us how much he loved his family.
Gibert is survived by his wife of 25 years, Lisa Gibert, 53; son, Nathan, 21; and daughter Megan, 17, who all reside in Ridgefield, Wash. In addition, his mother, Audrey Gibert; sisters Barbara McKenzie, 62, Bonnie Turner, 60, Julie Gibert, 52, and brothers Barry Gibert, 58, Bryan Gibert, 55, and Jimmy Gibert, 50, and his loving in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and countless friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Arnold Gibert, and his father-in-law, Roy Fordham.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 14, at Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, Wash. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Gaiser Student Center in the Penguin Union Building (PUB).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Brett Gibert Memorial Trades Scholarship Fund through Clark College Foundation, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, Wash., 98663-3505 or select “scholarships” on the donation page at Clark College Foundation.