Albert Peter Giberson passed away Monday night, January 17, at the Togus Veteran's Hospital.Albert was born in Waterville on April 13, 1922, the son of Ray and Leona (Sirois) Giberson. He grew up in Farmingdale and attended Grant Street School and Gardiner High School. At Gardiner High, Albert and his brother, Dick, were stars of the football team, playing their sophomore through senior years. After graduation he worked for seven months at BIW as an electrician's helper before joining the US Army in December of 1942 as a Light Artillery Gunner. Albert saw combat as a member of a 105mm howitzer crew on the Philippine Islands of Leyte and Luzon, and in New Guinea. He received decorations including the Philippine Liberation Ribbon w/ Bronze Service Star, and a Purple Heart after being wounded during a Japanese bombing raid on a transport ship between the Philippines and New Guinea. He was granted an honorable discharge as a Corporal at the end of WWII, November 1945. Upon his return to Gardiner, Albert (Gibie, as he was know to many) went to work at Milan Wakefield's Shell station on Maine Avenue, and in 1946 married his high-school sweetheart, Elizabeth Harriman. Gibie and Betty made their home in Farmingdale and started a family there. He went on to work for Sears, Roebuck and Co. on Water St. in Augusta before joining Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. where he was a sales agent for more than 20 years. Gibie retired in 1979 and bought Wakefield's Diner on Bridge St. in Gardiner, changing the name to The Giberson Diner. At the diner, he was in his element - cooking and tasting (always), mingling and joking with customers and friends. Gibie loved to cook and the diner was the perfect place for him to enjoy his retirement. He worked tirelessly until selling the business in 1989, to his son Michael and his partner, Neil Andersen. After his second 'retirement' Gibie went to work at L.L. Bean for approximately ten years, as a packer at the Casco St. distribution center.Gibie was a mainstay in Farmingdale town government, first as a member of the Budget Committee in 1955, then as Selectman for 32 years, from 1956 to 1980 and from 1993 to 2001. Still wanting to be involved in the town, he joined the War Memorial and Historical Committees in 2002 and remained a member until his passing. During part of his tenure as selectman, Gibie also served as a volunteer firefighter. In addition to being active in his town, Gibie was also active in his church. He was a communicant at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, in Gardiner, serving for a time as President of the Parish Council and a member of the Finance Committee. He could often be found leading Bingo games, ushering at mass or cooking at church suppers.An avid gardener, Gibie maintained one to two large garden plots in his back yard, for many years. He loved eating the fresh produce he harvested, and he canned and froze the garden's excess bounty. Besides his gardens, he maintained a large blackberry patch, selling some at local grocery stores and also supplying his son with some, for use in desserts at the A-1 Diner. Another passion of Gibie's was golf. He was a member of the Meadowhill Golf Club, in Farmingdale, for many years. He made a few treks to Myrtle Beach, SC, during the winter with the Central Maine Seniors Golf Association.Albert is pre-deceased by his parents Ray and Leona Giberson; a brother, Raymond Giberson; a sister, Azelda Schools; and his eldest son, Peter Giberson. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth; a brother, Richard Giberson and his wife Luella, of Phippsburg; two daughters, Melanie Hunter and her husband Lloyd, of Portland, and Suzanne Giberson and her husband Ned McPherson, of Hallowell; two sons, Michael Giberson and his partner Neil Andersen, of Gardiner, and Jeffrey Giberson of Gardiner; he is also survived by seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.Albert will be remembered the most for being a people person. He could go just about anywhere in the state and run into someone he knew. He was a true character and found great joy in joking around and teasing people. He will be greatly missed by his loving family.Visiting hours will be held at Staples Funeral Home, 53 Brunswick Ave in Gardiner, on Thursday, January 20, from 6-8 p.m.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, in Gardiner, on Friday, January 21, at 11:00 a.m.A private burial will take place in the spring.