Widow’s tribute to singer

Copy of wedding photograph (1956) of Pat and  Ronnie Gibson.
Copy of wedding photograph (1956) of Pat and Ronnie Gibson.
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A popular former club singer described as a “loving husband and father” by his family has died aged 74.

Tributes have been paid to Ronnie Gibson, from Cleveleys, who entertained crowds across the Fylde coast in a career spanning five decades.

Mr Gibson’s widow Pat, 76, said: “He had a great personality, you always knew when Ronnie was around.

“He had the most wonderful smile and he had this appearance about him that attracted people.

“Wherever he was there were people around him.”

Mr Gibson, who died from Alzeheimer’s disease, was born in Belfast and moved across the Irish Sea aged 15, where he began to win talent shows on the club circuit.

He later turned professional and his work saw him travel across the country and further afield - entertaining American troops in places such as Lebanon and Germany.

He met Mrs Gibson, who was also a singer, while the pair were waiting for an audition - marrying when he was 17 and she was 19.

They later lived at Knowle Avenue, in Cleveleys, and had five children together - Robert (who died aged 10 months), Lorraine, Derek, Ronnie Jr and Trisha.

He would often sing the Bobby Helms hit My Special Angel for Mrs Gibson, and was devoted to his family while not touring.

Mrs Gibson, from Green Drive, Cleveleys, added: “He was very well known because he was a brilliant singer and had a voice that could sing anything.

“He would be with the children when he got time because being away he didn’t see a lot of them.

“They adored their father and still do.”

Mr Gibson retired from singing after suffering two heart attacks while on holiday in Tenerife in 1990.

However, he continued to entertain elderly people at nursing homes across the Fylde coast.

Mrs Gibson said: “He would cheer them up and make them laugh, that’s what he was like.

“He loved being round people.”

Mr Gibson had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for the past 10 years, and passed away on December 28 at Nightingales nursing home, Norbreck. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

His funeral will take place at Lytham Park Crematorium on Wednesday, at 11am.

Donations in his name can be made to British Hear Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Society.