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949 Main St
P.O. Box 363
Waldoboro, ME 04572
Phone: 207-832-5541 / 1-855-826-HALL (4255)
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Capt. Gilbert Philbrick

Capt. Gilbert "Gib" Philbrick

Saturday, May 25th, 2019
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Gilbert “Gib” Philbrick passed away on May 25, 2019 at The Sussman House in Rockport. Gib was born in Rangeley on September 26, 1928, first son of Ralph and Louise Whitten Philbrick. He graduated from Rangeley High School in 1947 and from the University of Maine Orono.

Gib grew up in the Maine woods, learning to hunt, fish and trap by his father’s side. Growing up on the shores of Rangeley Lake, it seems that he and his buddies led the life of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Summers were spent swimming, building rafts, and learning to sail on a homemade boat with a bed sheet for sails. Winters were spent skating on Haley Pond, skiing, and ski jumping on a “homemade” jump. Gib’s father, Ralph, was his hero and he taught him the fine art of fly fishing. Gib also loved being in the company of the “old” guides, so he learned from the best on Kennebago Lake. He spent many years guiding fly fisherman at the Kennebago Lake Club. Gib became a good basketball player during his school years. He went on to play at UMO and even had a short stint with a semi pro team in Rhode Island. He became a teacher and basketball coach, first in Clinton, ME, Rumford, ME and Williamantic, CT. He came back to UMO working with the men’s basketball staff under Brian McCall and became assistant coach from 1966-68 and head coach from 1968-71.

In 1975 Gib became owner and captain of the Schooner Nathaniel Bowditch, sailing the coast of Maine for 29 years as part of the Windjammer Fleet. Gib often said that he found another wilderness amongst the spruce covered islands in Penobscot Bay that reminded him of his home in the Rangeley Lakes area, when spruce was king.

He leaves behind his wife of 40 years, Terry Weatherhead Philbrick, his sons and daughter-in-laws, Jack and Jody Philbrick of Thousand Oaks, CA, Tom and Susan Philbrick of Boothbay, ME, and Bert and Janice Philbrick of Owls Head, ME; grandchildren, Forest Roy and husband Gino of Thousand Oaks, CA, Lacey Philbrick of Thousand Oaks, CA, Bronwyn Philbrick of Thousand Oaks, Bronson Philbrick of Owls Head, ME, Aaron Philbrick of Saco, ME, Celia Philbrick of Boothbay, ME, Greg Crupi of Cumberland, ME, Nicole Crupi of Portland, ME, Matt Crupi of Portland, ME; great grandchildren, Tiger Lily Roy, Dandelion “Dandy” Roy, Periwinkle “Wink” Roy of Thousand Oaks, CA, Jacob Philbrick of Saco, ME, Emeline Crupi of Cumberland, ME and several nieces and nephews; his brothers Alan Philbrick of Rangeley, ME, and Col. John and wife Paula Philbrick of Prospect, VA. Another very special person in Gib’s life is Anette Widestrom, an exchange student from Sweden. Gib will be remembered for his loud, booming Philbrick voice, his laughter, his smile and all his “stories”.

A memorial service to celebrate Gib’s life will be held Friday, June 7 at 11 am at Hall Funeral Home, 949 Maine Street, Waldoboro.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing to remember Gib in a special way are asked to do so to The Sussman House, 40 Anchor Drive, Rockport, ME 04856.

Hall’s of Waldoboro has care of the arrangements. To extend online condolences visit
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    Friday, June 7th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, June 7th, 2019 11:00am
    Hall's of Waldoboro
    949 Main Street
    Waldoboro, ME 04572
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Posted at 11:57am
So sorry to learn of your loss. I was on the sailing team at Maine when Gib was coach. Great memories and stories. Later, when cruising the coast, I would look for the Bowditch and hope for a chance to catch up. He certainly knew his way around the State of Maine!

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Posted at 08:29am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as we remember Gib with fond memories.
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Posted at 08:34am
So sorry to hear of Gib's passing, my condolences go out to his wife and children at this difficult time. He is fondly remembered in the Rumford area as one of the great basketball coaches at Stephen's High. I never had the opportunity to play for Gib, but I've only heard great stories about him from some of the older players in the area. In reading his obituary, it sounds like he lived life to the fullest. Rest in Peace Gib.


Posted at 03:41pm
I used to walk my dog on the road which Gib lived on. He happened to be outside in his yard one day, and walked over to greet me and introduce himself. We had a conversation that lasted well over an hour. We would have subsequent encounters after that, and I always looked forward to our chats. He had quite a presence, and was so genuine and heartfelt. I just wanted to express my condolences to his wife and other loved ones. RIP, Gib. ~Jennifer


Posted at 06:59am
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.
May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7) May the hope of a resurrection right here on a restored earth bring you comfort. (John 5:28, 29) Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life) Psalm 37:11, 29) But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it.

My deepest sympathy

Dana Posted at 09:28pm

I crewed on the Stephen Taber and Pauline in the early 90's, back when we tied up next to Gib at the Ferry Terminal. I loved his booming laugh and happy smile. While I didn't crew with Gib, we all felt embraced by his joy. He added happy memories to some of the best times of my life. Dana

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