August 2021 marked the retirement of John Gibbons, capping off a remarkable career in law enforcement that spanned over four decades. Gibbons held the esteemed position of the first African American U.S. Marshal for the District of Massachusetts, leaving an indelible mark on the field.
Having begun his law enforcement journey in Massachusetts, Gibbons dedicated 30 years of his life to the Massachusetts State Police before assuming the role of Marshal. His experience and expertise made him a trusted and respected figure in the field.
The news of John Gibbons’ passing deeply saddened Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, who expressed his condolences to Gibbons’ wife Shelby, brother Ron, family, and friends. Mayor Sarno fondly recalled speaking to Gibbons recently, emphasizing his reputation as a gentleman and esteemed law enforcement professional. Not only did Gibbons have a successful career with the state police, but he also made history as the first black U.S. Marshal in Massachusetts. Mayor Sarno also acknowledged Gibbons’ athletic prowess as a talented football player for American International College (AIC). He praised Gibbons for his outstanding contributions to law enforcement and his compassionate approach. The mayor concluded by bidding farewell to his friend, wishing peace for Gibbons’ soul.
Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi also expressed his grief, recognizing Gibbons as a good man and a dear friend. Sheriff Cocchi highlighted Gibbons’ extensive career, including over a decade as the first black U.S. Marshal in Massachusetts. Throughout his tenure, Gibbons worked on numerous high-profile cases, showcasing his exceptional talent and unwavering commitment to justice for victims. Sheriff Cocchi spoke of Gibbons’ admirable qualities as a friend, emphasizing his dedication to family. The sheriff extended his heartfelt condolences to Gibbons’ brother Ronnie, who serves in the Sheriff’s Office, as well as to Shelby and the entire Gibbons family.
John Gibbons’ legacy as a pioneer in law enforcement and his compassionate nature will continue to inspire and resonate with those who knew him. His contributions to the field and his commitment to justice will be remembered fondly. May he rest in peace, leaving behind a lasting impact on the law enforcement community.
The calling hour is 10-11 a.m. Thursday, May 25, 2023, at Springfield Symphony Hall, followed by funeral services at 11 a.m.
Please send memorial contributions to the Multiple Myeloma Foundation.
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Some messages of condolence;
Sgt. Alvin D. Toney (Retired)
May 18, 2023 10:48 PM
John & I were Members of the 61st RTT in the Mass. State Police Academy in Framingham, Mass. In 1979.He was a good friend and he will be missed. That said. I do recall because of his accent when he spoke the Drill Instructors would alternate the reading of the Cafeteria Menu between John and Trainee Bill Ye ( who had a Chinese accent) I personally thought it was cruel. But. Both John and Bill took it in good spirit.
Susan and Charlie Alvanos
May 18, 2023 7:40 AM
Fondly remembered as a wonderful, generous guy by the Alvanos family. Thanks for being a great coach, neighbor and friend. Condolences to Shelby and Jon. May your memory be eternal.