January 2, 1948 - October 10, 2022
Charles “Chuck” Llewellyn Gibson II, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away on Monday, October 10, 2022, following a brief illness. He was 74.
A lifelong resident of Norfolk, Chuck was born in Leigh Memorial Hospital on January 2, 1948 to parents Charles E. Gibson and Lora Allegra Gibson. He grew up in Norfolk, where as a boy scout he earned his Eagle Scout credential in 1965. He graduated from Maury High School in 1966. After secondary school, Chuck served with distinction in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot with the Army’s 229th Aviation Battalion, earning a United States Armed Forces Bronze Star for meritorious service in a combat zone.
Following his successful military service and Honorable Discharge, Chuck returned to life in Norfolk and studied Biology at Old Dominion University, where he was surrounded by a group of fellow students who would become lifelong friends. He was an active member of the Biology Club and a mentor to many younger undergraduates, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1977.
He embarked on a career utilizing both his photography skills and his scientific knowledge, working as a Quality Control Supervisor and LAN Administrator for Lifetouch Photography. In his long career with Lifetouch, he was instrumental in transitioning the company from using film to digital photography.
Chuck met the most important person in his life, his beloved wife Diane in 1979. They were married in 1982 and bought a house that would become their family homestead in Colonial Place. Chuck and Diane surrounded those around them with love and laughter, hosting many large gatherings at their home over the years. Their most important gathering was the annual oyster roast held in celebration of their anniversary and love each year. Friends traveled from far and wide to come together in all manner of February weather each year to celebrate Chuck and Diane.
In 1986, Chuck and Diane became the proud parents of daughter Allegra, and were blessed with daughter Leah soon afterward, in 1990. Chuck was a devoted and involved father, passing along his love of the outdoors, cooking, gardening, and NPR to his daughters.
A man of many talents, Chuck was an accomplished woodworker, a Master Gardener, an acclaimed nature and portrait photographer, an ornithologist (he participated in 46 years of Audubon Christmas Bird Counts), and a gourmet cook. He enjoyed volunteering with organizations that supported his love of the outdoors, including the Master Gardeners of Norfolk and the Lafayette Wetlands Partnership.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Diane, his daughters Allegra and Leah (Evelyn), his grandson Sullivan, his brother, Bruce, and countless extended family members and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Charles E. Gibson and Lora Allegra Gibson.
A memorial service will be held at Weyanoke Bird and Wildflower Sanctuary in Norfolk on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at 10am. Please dress comfortably in honor of Chuck and the natural location of the ceremony. A celebration of life oyster roast will follow at the family home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to WHRO local public media or WHRV NPR station in his name.
Cremation & Funeral Services of Tidewater is assisting his family. Online condolences may be expressed at CandFServices.com.
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