John T. Giblin, 89, passed on to his Heavenly Father on Friday, November 24, 2017. John was born in Passaic, New Jersey on September 6, 1928 and was often known as “Jack”. Jack was a native of the Adirondacks; he grew up in Tupper Lake, NY with his surviving sister, Edythe, (Giblin) Fox. Jack graduated from Tupper Lake High School in 1945 and after graduation he spent three years working for the Oval Wood Dish Co. in the scaling depot and as a veneer grader.
When the Korean War began, Jack enlisted into the U.S. Army with 17 others from Tupper Lake. They were assigned into the 4th Infantry Division (Ivy Division) and were shipped to Germany in “Defense of Freedom”. He was a sharp shooter in the 3rd Battalion, 8th Regiment, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Benning, GA. After discharge he worked as a forester for Whitney Industries and for the N.Y.State Conservation Department in Cold River.
Jack entered the Division of State Police in Troop “B” at Malone, N.Y. in September 1954. Trooper Giblin was returning from Civil Court in Canton, NY and was involved in an accident that required hospitalization at Mercy Hospital in Watertown,NY. While there, he met the "Love of his Life", Mary Teresa R.N.. The two were introduced by a chaplain who was a mutual friend and were married in 1958 at Holy Family Church in Watertown.
Jack was a loving and devoted husband, father, uncle and grandfather. Mary and Jack had five children; Jean Marie Dougherty of Davie, FL, John Giblin Jr. of Batavia, NY, Janet Buruchian of Boca Raton, FL, Mary Beth Giblin of Hollywood, FL and Stephen Giblin of Philadelphia, PA, including nine grandchildren, a great granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.
Jack had two promotions; Line Sgt. to Troop “A”, Batavia, NY and to Zone Sgt. in 1966. Zone Sgt. Giblin retired March 14, 1983 at Bath, NY. After retirement, Jack and Mary served together as Eucharist Ministers at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bath for 13 years and were also members of the church choir for 23 years. Jack was a 68 year member of the Knights of Columbus. Mary predeceased Jack on 10/9/2008. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Family and friends are invited to call at St. Mary’s Church on Friday December 1, 2017 from 11:00-12:00 pm. A Funeral Mass of Christian burial will follow at 12:00 pm at the church, and burial with military honors will be at 2:00 pm at the Bath National Cemetery.