Thomas Edward Gibson, 75, passed into eternal life on Sunday, October 8, 2006, at home in Redondo Beach. Tom's sudden passing was a shock to his family and friends. Tom was born on January 8, 1931, in Glendale, California, to Hugh and Eva Gibson. A graduate of Incarnation elementary school and Loyola High, Tom earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Loyola University in 1953. On May 8 of the following year, Tom married Marie Therese Ahern at Old Mission Santa Barbara. After two years as a commissioned officer in the Air Force, Tom joined the firm of Ernst and Ernst as a staff accountant. Tom and his young family moved to Redondo Beach in 1960, where he established a successful accounting practice from which he never retired. Tom was a member of St. Lawrence Martyr Parish for over forty-six years, and active in a number of professional and local business organizations. He will remain ever present in the hearts of his beloved wife of fifty-two years, Marie; children Mike, John, Jim, Patty, Paul; daughters-in-law Shawn, Jean, and Tanya; grandchildren David, Kevin, Danny, Patrick, Erin, Grace, and Jack, who brought him immeasurable joy; brother Larry; sisters-in-law Ceal and Anne; brother-in-law Charlie; and many other family members and long time friends. A vigil service will take place on Friday, October 13, at 7:00 in the evening at Rice Mortuary in Torrance. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Lawrence Martyr Church, Redondo Beach, on Saturday, October 14, at 10:00 in the morning, and will be followed by a reception at the Parish Hall. Private internment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of Tom's favorite charities, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (

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  1. I miss you very much already, Tom, your warm handshake, quiet smile, sincerity, humor, knowledge, intellect, perspective, but most of all, the simplicity of our mutually respectful friendship brim full of principle, integrity and even philosophy for over thirty years. Good night, sweet Prince, from all who knew and loved you.

  2. Thinking of Tom’s family with deepest sympathy. I used to work in the office building where Tom had his office in Redondo Beach and I always looked forward to seeing his smiling face and enjoying his friendly conversation. I am so sorry for your loss. Warmest regards, Lynne

  3. Dear Marie and Family, We are very sorry to read about Tom in todays Daily Breeze. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I often think of out days at Loyola in the Accounting classes which we shared. Time passes too quickly…Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Love, John and Anne

  4. To the Gibson Family: Our sincerest condolences on your loss. To honor Tom we will be making a contribution to The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. “Life is but a journey; death is returning home.”

  5. Tom was one of my first mentors at Ernest & Ernest. I was assigned as his junior accountant on the audit of the City of Glendale. In spite of my incompetence, Tom successfully completed the job with an excellent rating – and he did not embarrass me in the process. Tom was definitely one of the good guys and will be sorely missed.

  6. Dear Marie and the Gibson Family, We’re so sorry to hear of your loss, and want to offer our deepest condolences. Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with you. Tom touched my life more than he ever knew. At a time when I was far away from my own family, he was a real father-figure to me and always made me feel so welcome. He was a special person in my life–I’m so sad now that I never actually told him that. I loved his sparkly eyes when he smiled and I loved the sound of his chuckle, all warm and wise. Marie, I loved watching you two together and how devoted and smitten he was with you. I’ve been thinking how much I learned from just being around Tom, and how he impacted my idea of “how to live your life”. I was always impressed with how intelligent he was, and admired his quiet strength that made everyone feel safe. I admired his love and dedication to his family, his spiritual faith, hard work and high standards. My heart aches for all of you as you endure the loss of this loving man. How wonderful for him that he has entered into his eternal reward with God. God bless you, keep you and comfort you. Jennifer Keenan

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