Peter Nolan Gibb, who spent the summers of his youth in North Falmouth and later worked at National Marine Fisheries in Woods Hole, died June 2 at his home in Amesbury after a period of failing health. Mr. Gibb died just three days before his 68th birthday.
He was the son of George and Elizabeth Gibb. While he was growing up, his family spent summers at their house on Nye’s Cliff in North Falmouth, which fostered in him a love of fishing, sailing and anything related to boats.
Mr. Gibb attended the University of New Hampshire and Middlebury College and graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury in 1976 with degrees in economics and biology.
He worked at National Marine Fisheries in Woods Hole prior to pursuing to his passion for wooden boat building. Mr. Gibb honed his craft at Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury for close to 20 years. He became a master boat builder and built many classic wooden dories and skiffs.
He also loved the history of wooden boat building and particularly the history of Lowell’s Boat Shop, and preserved countless plans, forms and records from the boat shop; the collection is now housed at the shop for the current craftsmen and students.
He leaves a sister, Elizabeth Gibb Fuller; two children, Emily Gibb and Ben Gibb; his former wife, Betsy Shreve-Gibb; and other family.
He was preceded in death by two siblings, John Gibb and Sarah Gibb-Latawiec.
Plans are being made for a memorial gathering at a future date.