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Syracuse Radio Vet Barb Gibbons Dies

Calling hours are tonight for Barb Gibbons, a longtime Syracuse radio personality who died last Saturday following a sudden illness.  Gibbons, 65, had worked at WNDR, WFBL, WNTQ, and WSYR.

Gibbons’ obituary appeared in the Syracuse Post-Standard on Wednesday. 

Because their links don’t always work quite right, here is the full text of the announcement, including details on the calling hours and funeral.

April 26, 2008
Barbara Gibbons, 65, of Syracuse, passed away Saturday at Community General Hospital after a sudden illness. Born and raised in Carbondale, PA, she came to Syracuse University where she obtained her degree in English. Since the early 1970s, she was very well-known as a Syracuse radio personality on such stations as WNDR, WFBL, WNTQ, and WSYR. Barbara was continuously active in the Syracuse theater community with the Salt City Playhouse, The Talent Co., and the Glen Loch dinner theater. For the past 15 years she was an adjunct instructor of Public Speaking for Onondaga Community College, where she was a great influence on many students. Barbara was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother who loved all animals, especially her cats. She will be dearly missed. She was predeceased by her husband, John Gibbons in 2007. Surviving are her daughter, Sarah (Frank Vigliotti) Gibbons of Santa Monica, CA; son, Brady (Paula) of Corvallis, OR; four granddaughters, Tina, Cristiana, Gabriela, and Camille; brother, Alan (Beverly) Stone of Pittsburgh, PA.

Funeral services will be Friday, 1 p.m., at Whelan Bros. Funeral Home. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Whelan Bros. Funeral Home, 3700 W. Genesee St. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Barbara’s name to the SPCA, 5878 E. Molloy Rd., Mattydale, NY 13211.

If you’ve worked with Barb, we hope you’ll take a moment to share your memories below.

Update 5/15/08: The Syracuse New Times has published an article further detailing Barb’s contributions to the community.

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