Bibby, Hubert Francis


Hubert Francis Bibby, 899 Wing, Vernon, BC
November 19, 1919 – February 1, 2011

Hubert Bibby passed away quietly on February 1, 2011 at the age of 91 years. He was a quiet, gentle man who was dedicated to his wife and family, his faith, his city and his country. Hubert and his wife Bernice, who celebrated 65 years of marriage this past December were parents of 6 boys and 1 girl. Paul (Pam) of Terrace BC, Jim (Pat) of Armstrong, Mike (Karen) of Vernon, Anne-Marie (John) Kloppenburg of Kelowna, Bob (Kelly) of Vernon, Brian (Cheryl) of Vernon and John (Nancy) of Salmon Arm. He was the proud grandfather of 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Hubert served in the Air Force in France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany until VE Day. Hubert and Bernice were married shortly after World War II. They moved to Chilliwack to establish Bibby Bros. Propane with Hubert’s two brothers and shortly after expanded Bibby’s Propane to Vernon. Hubert spent many years in the Propane Business serving his customers in an honest and fair manner. In 1952 Hubert and Bernice moved to Vernon. They were active members of the Saint James Catholic Church where Bernice played the organ. Hubert was a member of the Knights of Columbus, The Lion’s Club, and the Air force Veterans Association where he provided many hours of service to each of these organizations throughout the community. Hubert could always be found at fund-raising barbeques and breakfasts. He was one of three originating members to establish and build Schubert Centre and Gateby Care Facility where he and his wife Bernice have lived these past years. He helped build and establish St James School where his children and grandchildren attended. He has attended every Remembrance Day Celebration except this past year due to illness for the past 65 years. Hubert was one of the originating shareholders of Silver Star Mountain, where he continued to ski until he was 80 years old. His contribution was recognized by Silver Star Mountain by the naming of a run after him ? Bibs Bumps. Hubert was also recognized by the Annual Plumbers Bonspiel where he was a sponsor and participant for over 50 years. Hubert was not one to be in the news, he worked tirelessly behind the scenes without fanfare. He was an admired man by all who met him and the lives of those who knew him are better for having known him.

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