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June 20th 2011
Vale Martin Gibson: 1942 - 2011

Martin Gibson Magnetic Islanders and his many friends throughout the world will be greatly saddened at the news, just to hand, that Mr Martin Gibson of Nelly Bay, a retired logistics engineer, has died.

Martin died yesterday (Sunday 19 June) of a massive heart attack in Budapest, Hungary. He and his wife, Lorna Hempstead AM, were about half way through a world holiday that they had been planning for some time. He was 68.

Martinís dedication to community service, which was spearheaded by Lorna - who received the Order of Australia just 12 months ago, and for which Martin was enormously proud (read here) - was more often in the role of stalwart helpmate. But for the many who knew him, Martin was one of the most passionate individuals - particularly regarding Magnetic Island and its World Heritage environment - one could meet.



Martin and Lorna


Funeral details are at present unknown and this brief acknowledgement of Martinís passing will be followed in due course by a detailed obituary.


Vale Martin Gibson: 1942 - 2011
 
69 comments
 
Wendy Tubman
June 20th 2011
Doesn't the smile say it all? What a lovely, kind and sincere man - who will be hugely missed by very very many. Hard to believe we won't be seeing you again, my friend. Thanks for being you. Sincerest condolences to Lorna.
 
nev grimshaw
June 20th 2011
Martin was one of the nicest persons I have known.
Sincere condolenences to Lorna- Nev and Dot Port Fairy Vic
 
Barbara Gibbs
June 20th 2011
So sad...it doesn;'t seem so long that I got a wave and a big smile from Martin. He was vigilantly assisting in the cleanup in my yard after the cyclone and welcomed the rainwater and cake(; What a loss! Martin always had a big smile and kind word and was an enthusiastic student of Don Kinsey's Science classes at the U3A. He will be sadly missed by many, but none more so of course, than Lorna. She will be lost without his company. Thank goodness they finally had at least a little time away together.
 
rebecca
June 20th 2011
That's really sad, thinking of you Lorna.


 
Margot & Paul Curtis
June 20th 2011
We were very lucky. Martin was our neighbour. Martin was the neighbour from heaven. He would do anything for you...from fixing your leaking roof, to giving you a lift to the ferry, to sharing a quiet little drink on the veranda as the sun went down. His sense of humour and fun was an inspiration. He had a comedic talent that would have made him a fortune on the stage. Martinís Monday Mumblings, his weekly emailed group bulletin, had us in fits of laughter each week and showed his great talent as a writer. Together, Martin and Lorna were the dream team....the dream friends...and they lived right next door. But we couldnít help but notice that we werenít the only ones fortunate to have Martin as a neighbour: for Martin and Lorna had many neighbours, spread right across the island. Martin was the perfect and most wonderful neighbour to us all.

 
alastair
June 20th 2011
What else can I say about a wonderful neighbour and an all round lovely man -good bye old mate and you;ll live on in our thoughts always
 
Sylvia Hayes
June 20th 2011
So sorry to hear this sad news.My thoughts are with you, Lorna.
 
Sue
June 20th 2011
I couldn't believe the news and I am extremely sad that this lovely, lovely man is not with us anymore. Such a nice gentleman has left us all too soon. His cheerful and helpful nature will be sorely missed in everything he was involved in and I can't express the loss I feel even though I was only a peripheral member of his circle of friends. I will miss your cups of tea and background support at our meetings, dear friend. RIP xoxo
 
Gill Nash
June 20th 2011

One of the kindest men I've ever met. I am so grateful for everything he did to help my old dad, Bill Tubman and for all the hospitality and assistance from both Lorna and Martin on my visits to MI. My thoughts are with you Lorna at this very sad time.
 
Natalie
June 20th 2011
Please could someone pass on our note to Lorna as we are not on the island and cannot do so in person.

Hi Lorna,

Our most sincerest condolences.

We will be thinking of you over the next few days and feel for your loss. I was shocked to hear the news and can only give you my best wishes at this hard time. I am sure you will be surrounded with good friends to pull you through the coming days, although the past few (especially those overseas) will not have been easy, at least you don't have to go it alone on the island.

Love Perry and Natalie
 
Daniel and Rose daniel
June 20th 2011
Dear Lorna,
Sorry to hear about you sad loss.
We knew Martin many years ago when we lived in Dampier WA.
He had a yacht called Hobbit, and many a time we spilt our beer on Hobbit while Martin was telling us yarns.
Lorna our thoughts are with you at this time.
Regards Daniel and Rose and Puppies.
 
alison
June 20th 2011
Such a sad loss to such a wonderful man. Thoughts are with Lorna and family at this time
 
George & Jenny Brachmanski
June 20th 2011
Rest in peace Martin our thought are with you Lorna.
 
marie de Monchaux
June 20th 2011
An extraordinary man, may he rest in peace. My thoughts are with you Lorna.
 
pamela
June 20th 2011
My prayers are with you and your loved ones in the time of your loss, Lorna. Losing your soulmate and partner is sad and we all here on the island are thinking of you. Pamela Chambers
 
Ray Gartrell
June 20th 2011
Thinking of you at this time Lorna and we will be praying for you. Linda and Ray Gartrell
 
George Hirst
June 20th 2011
Hi Lorna, This is so sad and I have been thinking about Martin a lot since the news. It's sometimes just the little things that mean so much and I can hear him so clearly, when answering a phone call from me, exclaiming with great enthusiasm and cheer and drawing it out just a bit for effect, "It's young George!" And, the weird thing was, it always made me feel a little younger too!

Hoping you can find the strength to make it through these hard days.
George
 
Claire
June 20th 2011
Condolences to Martin's family and friends on his passing. I only met Martin once over a SES matter and I thought "What a nice gentleman". Another star in heaven.
 
Sara Shaw
June 20th 2011
So many wonderful memories of such a great soul who we will be sadly missed, especially his quips about moving those "blooming" Bay Days Festival flags followed by his cheeky smile and a chilled glass of white after a hard working day. Our thoughts are with you Lorna. Have a safe trip home. Lots of love to you through this time. Sara xx
 
Patricia MacQueen
June 20th 2011
Dear Lorna,
Thinking of you at this very sad time,
Have a safe journey back home,
In our thoughts and prayers,
Patricia and Family..
 
Tania Honey
June 20th 2011

Love and thoughts for you Lorna, very sad indeed. Martin was a gem. xxx Tania, Phil and the boys.
 
Ric Thompson and Candy Butler
June 20th 2011
Dear Lorna,
As you know we knew Martin but didn't get to know him well. But in reading the many, many tributes it is clear that perhaps in fact we did know the real Martin. For Martin, on dropping Lorna off at the ferry would always share his infectious smile towards us in the presence of a more than generous wave whilst somehow keeping control of his loyal Moke as it headed off into the distance. Lorna our thoughts are with you during this most difficult time and we wish you strength, especially over the forthcoming days ahead. With love Ric and Candy XXX
 
John Chapman
June 20th 2011
Martin was always most welcoming and hospitable whenever we visited the Island. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Lorna.

John Chapman
 
Paul and Carol Mills
June 21st 2011
Dear Lorna, it seems only a few minutes ago that we were talking to you and Martin about your trip. Martin, the best of neighbours and a wonderful, kind and thougtful man, will be greatly missed. Love Paul and Carol
 
Murray Withers
June 21st 2011
Martin was a lovely, helpful man who was a great supporter of Lorna and her work. Vivienne and I send our thoughts and prayers to you Lorna
 
Mandy Johnstone
June 21st 2011
How very sad to hear this terrible news. Martin, you were such a wonderful and special person who will be so greatly missed.
Lorna, know that we are all thinking of you at this most difficult time.
Mandy Johnstone
 
Alan Patterson
June 21st 2011
We are all saddened by Martin's sudden passing away. He was a true gentlemen & was always considerate & courteous to all of us at the Pharmacy. Our sincere condolences to Lorna, you are in our thoughts & prayers at this time.
Alan & staff @ Magnetic Island Pharmacy
 
Shirley Sorokin
June 21st 2011
Dear Lorna, I will always have a warm feeling when I think of the welcome Martin always had for us. I don't think I have ever met a nicer man. All my thoughts are with you, your family and friends. Love Shirley and Toby.
 
Allyson
June 21st 2011
A lovely man who'll be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with you Lorna,

John and Allyson
 
Judy Chapman
June 21st 2011
Martin was a man who on first meeting made you feel you'd been friends for a long time. On every visit up to the island he popped round to welcome us back and to invite us for a meal. We always felt comfortable to pop in, ask advice or share a drink. He "went the extra mile" to be kind and helpful and his death is a huge loss. Dear Lorna our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you gain comfort from all your friends at this sad time.
 
Michael Schmidt
June 21st 2011
Dear Lorna,
Oh, gee whizz Lorna, my deepest sympathy, thoughts and well wishes are with you at your extraordinarily tragic loss of Martin.
Michael Schmidt.
 
Pen Sheridan
June 21st 2011
Martin was such a lovely bloke. I have a picture in my head of him tootling along in his moke giving me a big wave and a chirpy smile. He was creative and passionate too, the Island will be a poorer place without him. Lorna, we are all thinking of you at this very sad time. love Pen
 
Pete Jessop
June 21st 2011
Lorna, I am devastated by this news. I have never met Martin, but I feel as though I have. I have known you since Manchester University Theatre days. My heart reaches out to you.
Much love, - Pete
 
Dot Church
June 21st 2011
Sincerest condolences Lorna, what a sad time for you and even sadder as you were enjoying a well earned holiday and so close to entering the twilight years: the best years of one's life together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
 
Jil and Michael O'Keeffe
June 21st 2011
Dear Lorna, We, like the whole of the island, are so saddened to hear of our dear Martin's passing. The term "nature's gentleman" may well have been invented for Martin. We will miss his anecdotes, his cooking, his laughter, his contribution to community,and above all his friendship. Our thoughts are with you.
 
Jo Asquith
June 21st 2011
Lorna, you and Martin made me feel so welcome when I arrived on the Island with your warm stew and company. Your house was one clearly filled with love and my thoughts are with you.
 
Lindell & Tom Vaudrey
June 21st 2011
Sad as our family is that Martin has gone to the great drawing board in the sky, we will have the fondest memories of such a warm loving man who loved his life with great gumption. His love for his wife, the friendship & support to us all, and our community has earned him the greatest respect and love from all who knew him. Lorna our love & thoughts are with you.
 
Julie Heath
June 21st 2011
So sad to hear about Martin - way, way too soon. Sincerest condolences Lorna, am thinking of you. Such a wonderful funny gorgeous man, such a loss. Love Julie
 
Val and Norm
June 21st 2011
Lorna, your twilight years with Martin have been so tragically cut short. Judging by the comments above, memories of Martin across the Island and beyond will extend well into what would have been his octogenarian years (and wouldn't he have loved such a celebration). His was a life well-lived but he deserved longer on this earth of ours. Travel safely, Val
 
Jim Davis
June 22nd 2011
My condolances and sympathy are with you Lorna. Martin was a real gentleman of the highest order. My thoughts are with you and I share your sorrow.
 
Andrew Huyton
June 22nd 2011
Will be missed tremendously by all his family, relatives, friends and colleagues. Just glad that he was able to see all his relatives and a lot of friends in England over the last couple of weeks on their European Tour.
All my love and safe journey back to Oz tonight. xxx Andrew
 
Marion
June 22nd 2011
Lorna, Martin's kindness, his infectious smile and generous nature will certainly be missed by me and obviously many many more. Thoughts and much love surround you at this time.XXX
 
Rosie and Bill
June 22nd 2011
Bill and I are so upset to learn of Martin's premature death so far from home. Lorna,I am sure the island community will give you the support you need to see you through this catastrophe. Condolences Bill Giles-Grigg and Rosie Whalen
 
peter morrispn-conway
June 22nd 2011
I have just read all these amazing and touching thoughts and words about you martin and they are all very true. Thanks for being my great neighbour and friend and not letting me know what new invention you were working on, I'm sure we will find them all in the garage. I will miss our times together, you on the verandah with a cup of tea and me with my fingers through your hair. Lorna we will be here for you when you get home, big hugs peter xxxxx
 
Geoff and Sharon
June 23rd 2011
Sad news.
Martin made some visiting English friends of ours so welcome at the cottage a few years back that I think they thought that it came supplied with an Instant Friend,typical,eh!?!?!?
He will be sorely missed and our thoughts are with you Lorna
 
Derek & Lorraine
June 23rd 2011
Our thoughts are with you Lorna. A devestating loss for you and a major loss for the community. We will all miss this quiet achiever. RIP Martin.
 
Cassandra Sigsgaard
June 23rd 2011
Terribly sad news. I am so sorry and shocked to hear of Martin's passing, having just seen him so recently here in London, and looking so well. A wonderfully warm and kind man, with a great sense of humour, and the giver of wonderfully warm hugs. Lorna, all our thoughts are with you at this very sad time.
 
Gary Hunn
June 23rd 2011
Such sad news, our thoughts and prayers are with you always Lorna. A truly wonderful man that we feel privileged to have known. We've all lost one of life's true gentlemen and a fine friend.

Gary & Susan
 
Kelly Grech
June 23rd 2011
So sorry to hear the sad news, a devastating loss to the island. Sending my deepest condolences to Lorna, my thoughts are with you.
 
Damien
June 24th 2011
I had the pleasure of knowing Martin briefly. The above tributes highlight his many fantastic qualities. I will always think of Martin as a polite gentleman with an infectious and somewhat sheeky smile!
My heart is filled with sadness for you Lorna however irrespective of the future path you find yourself on, I and many many others will provide you with all the support, hugs, laughter and tea you need.
Damien
 
George & Jake
June 25th 2011
Such tragic and sad news. I am lost for words.

Thinking of you at this time Lorna.

George & Jake
 
peppe + vale
June 25th 2011
we have lost a big friend but overall I (peppe) have lost a man I called Dad in my married day.Now we are crying but I aknow that He is looking on every body and smile and protect us.
 
karen
June 25th 2011
How very sad that Martin's time on this earth has ended. He helped me as a fledgling celebrant. From the guest list for Val and Peppe's wedding, to the fantastic reception and of course the wonderful accomodation. Lorna you are the luckiest lady on earth to have known Martin so closely. Take care, be gentle to youself and allow yourself to grieve.
 
John & Pauline Moore
June 26th 2011
Have only just heard. So sorry that we missed the chance to catch up with M.and L., having moved some distance from London just as they were due to hit the UK. We would endorse so many of the lovely tributes here to Martin - not least Margot and Paul's reference to his 'comedic talent'. We hardly knew Martin but, having recently been added to his 'Mumbles' distribution list, looked forward greatly to his next set of whimsical musings on life. Susie and Dave, our two, spoke so warmly of Martin's (and Lorna's)generosity and hospitality when they stayed with them. We were really looking forward to getting to know the old boy better when he next visited here. More than a gentleman. We shall miss what might have been.
(Our love, of course, to cousin Lorna)
 
Jo & Bernie Fisher
June 26th 2011
Dear Lorna,

So very sad for you. You both had a marvellous and full life together. Thinking of you through these very difficult times. With love and best wishes.
 
Carden
June 27th 2011
Dear Lorna, sending you all my loving thoughts at this very sad time. Well, we all know that it was difficult to catch Martin without a smile, and that life was always sweet around him. I am on long service leave at the Sunshine Coast and will not be back in Townsville until October. I do hope that you are surrounded by kind people to help you at this terrible time. Love to you, Carden
 
Dave Frew
June 27th 2011
So sad to hear such tragic news about Martin. He was a bloomin' good bloke. We are all thinking of you Lorna.
 
Marjorie and Don Glasson
June 28th 2011
Dear Lorna
Our loving thoughts are with you at the terrible loss of your soul mate. The Island will be all the poorer without the presence of Martin. He has been such a key person in ensuring the care of the beautiful environment that you and he have treasured.
 
Mrs Jill Yates (nee Gibson)
June 28th 2011
Please dedicate the screening of the film Made in Dagenham to Martin. Our father worked at "Fords" during the war 1939-1945.
Thank you all on Magnetic Island and Nelly Bay in particular for being part of Martin's very happy life. My four children, in NZ and now in Sydney and Brisbane, were in part his four children (neices and nephew). They loved him dearly.
Miss you Martin from Little sister Jill.
 
Sally Elliott
June 29th 2011
Dear Lorna
Thinking of you and hoping you feel the warmth and affection during this sad and awful time for you. You are in my prayers.
 
Ann Waller
July 4th 2011
Dear Lorna - it was such a shock to hear of Martin's passing. We can only imagine the circumstances you found yourself in so far from home.
I first met Martin in Tom Price, Western Australia in 1971 and we were friends for 40 years. I still remember him bopping around his kitchen 'singing' his rendition of "LA International Airport" whilst he cooked his famous pork chops and mashed spud! A dear friend who welcomed Graeme and I to the Island on our honeymoon in 2004. Many wonderful memories and we will miss his Christmas newsletter and emails.
You were married to one of the best Lorna and I know you made him very, very happy. Take care of yourself and God bless.
Ann and Graeme Waller
 
John and Ruth Spalding
July 4th 2011
We didn't know Martin very well, but have very fond memories of our soiree at Paluma where he kept us greatly entertained. Lorna, please accept our deepest condolences. Life just sucks sometimes and seems so unfair! You live in such a beautiful community where Martin made a huge impact and will be hugely missed. John Freeman also passes his best wishes to you. Hugs from Ruth and John xxx
 
Garry Taylor
July 4th 2011
We're so sorry to hear of your tragic loss Lorna. We rented Kareeka two years ago and Martin and yourself welcomed us like old friends. I supplied you with freshly caught fish and Martin supplied me with laughs and a fantastic outlook on life,when god made Martin he broke the mould, truly one of the best, from Garry and Karen Taylor.UK
 
janet muir
July 5th 2011
Dear Lorna. Martin was a Gentleman and a Gentle man. A privilege to have known him Travel slowly Lorna.

Janet Muir
 
sue hempstead
July 8th 2011
It's taken me all this time to get my head round Martin no longer being with us. How very very sad. He was a very special man & how he put up with me in his house for 2 years I shall never know. He & Lorna re-awakened my life. Wish I lived nearer Lorna. Sue hempstead
 
Hether Ghelf
July 12th 2011
I am saddened by your loss. Our thoughts are with you, Lorna! Deepest sympathy. Take care of yourself.

Hether Ghelf, Blackbaud
 
Joanne Backen Keune
July 15th 2011
Dearest Martin, always good for a cuddle, you and Lorna were there at my marriage last year and have mentored me since I was 19. I am greatly saddened by our loss - and wish like Sue that I again lived nearer to you Lorna. all my love. Joanne Backen Keune, Montana USA
 
margy gaynor
July 17th 2011
Darling Martin our friend. How we all miss you. And how I will always expect to hear your cheery voice when I drop round to "Another Day...". Some things are never the same.

Big hug to you Lorna. I think of you and your Martin so often.

Margy
 
Bridget Riggs
September 7th 2011
Dearest Lorna,
I am so sorry to hear of Martin's passing, my thoughts are with you, Bridget


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