Emile Millo Gibson, a longtime resident of Howard Park in Northwest Baltimore who was known for helping the elderly and for his vigilance with the residential patrol program, died Nov. 26 at Good Samaritan Hospital of an aneurysm.
Mr. Gibson, 82, "Gip" to most people, was usually the first person to greet newcomers to the community or offer to run errands for the homebound, friends and relatives said. He would help the elderly keep track of their finances.
"He was always just a very good man," said William Scott, a neighbor who had known Mr. Gibson since the early 1980s. "He was the kind of person who did or would do anything you'd ask of him."
As a member of the Howard Park Civic Association for nearly the last 30 years, Mr. Gibson made sure the neighborhood was kept clean and screened prospective businesses before they moved into the community.
Mr. Gibson was perhaps best known for his persistence with the anti-crime neighborhood patrol, as he cruised area streets in his car, often until 2 or 3 a.m.
During the 1980s, when the Howard Park program was in its infancy, Mr. Gibson was a regular -- and the most consistent -- residential patroller, friends said.
"But he was always on the lookout whether he was patrolling or not," said his daughter, Dona Adrian Gibson of Baltimore. "He felt it was his civic responsibility to keep crime out of the neighborhood."
Lee Thomas, a friend who has lived in the neighborhood for 15 years, said of Mr. Gibson's dedication: "His actions were a major deterrent because if someone who was or was getting ready to do something wrong saw him, they'd stop and straightened up,"
A Baltimore native, Mr. Gibson graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1935 and Morgan State College in 1955 with a degree in business administration.
He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, and worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 40 years, retiring in 1979 as a letter-sorting machine supervisor.
In his retirement, Mr. Gibson worked as an income-tax preparer.
Dona Gibson said her father was adventurous and filled with ideas. "He'd always say, 'You can learn three ways. You can read about it in a book. You can hear it from someone else. Or experience it yourself,' " she said.
Mr. Gibson enjoyed reading and gardening, and was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. For more than 30 years, he was active in organizations at the New All Saints Roman Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.
In 1941, he married the former Lucille Theresa Watts, who died this year.
In addition to his daughter, He is survived by a son, Emile Millo Gibson Jr. of Oxon Hill; two brothers, Albert Gibson of Oxford and LaRue Gibson of Washington; a sister, Doris Rose of Loganville, Ga.; and a granddaughter.
Pub Date: 12/04/98