Patrick Gibbon, 21, a native of Falls Church City, Virginia, died on September 23, 2006 while attending the Virginia Commonwealth University in his fifth semester as a psychology major.
He attained membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the VCU Dean’s list while attending VCU. Patrick is the son of Jorome T. and Elizabeth A. Gibbon of Falls Church and was born in Fairfax Hospital, December 8, 1984. He attended Falls Church City School (K – 3), Corpus Christi School (4 – 8), and graduated from O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va in May 2003. Prior to going to VCU, Patrick was an alter server and performed many acts of charity for the community. He worked at the Fairfax County animal shelter.
In his young years, Patrick performed in several plays, was a member of the Northern Virginia Patriots marching band as a Colonial drummer, performed in the school band as a saxophone player, as well as played the guitar and organ. As a gifted writer in school, several of his poems were published in the O’Connell Student Literary Publication, Largess. While studying, he attained Microsoft certifications in office applications and had also built several computers from components for us in developing software programs. His teacher often remarked that Patrick knew more about computers and programs than they. He was active in track-field as a distance runner. Patrick had a wonderful gift for learning, was never satisfied with waiting and often would buy many books to expand his interest in technology and liberal arts. He developed several web pages and instructed others on how they could develop Internet sites. On one of his web pages, he expressed his true beliefs in people and how to reach out in developing friendships. Patrick often remarked that people have to “work for love.
Patrick will be missed by his parents, grandmother, two sisters, two nephews and many aunts, uncles and cousins throughout the US. An Education Foundation Fund has been established at VCU in memory of Patrick J. Gibbon. Contributions may be made to attention of Ann Hoffler, PO Box 842039, Richmond, Va. 23284-2039.