George (Gibbon) Thoreson

George (Gibbon) Thoreson

On 8 october 2012, at the age of 97, Gib spurred his last saddle bronc out of the chute and made his 10 second ride to the heavens.

Born 12 Jan 1915 in Kongsberg Norway, he moved with his family to Canada in 1927 and homesteaded in the Mclaughlin, Alberta area.

In 1940, he married Marguerite Spence.

Gib bought grain and farmed in Mclaughlin, Ab. In 1952 they moved to Innisfree, Alberta, where he continued to buy grain and farm.

Upon retirement, they moved to Gunn, Ab where they owned/ran G&M Esso. From there they moved to Edmonton, and on to Anglemont, BC. They eventually moved to Salmon Arm where they continued to reside. After Marguerite’s passing in 1994, Gib moved into Piccadilly Terrace where he resided until his passing.

Gib was a champion ski jumper and won many championships around Alberta and BC. He also competed in rodeos, riding saddle broncs. In 1939/40 he rode in the Calgary Stampede.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. One of the highlights of his life was climbing the Chilkoot Pass in Alaska, with his son, Jim.

Gib and Marguerite had one son, Jim, (Peggy), three grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

A very heartfelt thanks to all the staff and residents at Picadilly Terrance where he lived; to the staff at the Vernon and Salmon Arm hospital; to the ladies at Bastion Place, and a huge thank you to two steadfast friends that stood by him throughout much of his later years and his final days – Rita Gregor and Art Wetter.

At his request, there will be no service, However if his friends wish, he would be pleased if they would tip a glass of scotch in his memory.

Salmon Arm Observer


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