James "Jim" Gibb

James Alexander Gibb, 70, Fargo, ND, died Thursday, November 18, 2021, in Sanford Hospice House with his family by his side after a long battle with cancer. Jim was born in Fargo, ND on May 21, 1951, the son of Robert and Mary Jean Gibb, one of seven children. He met his wife, Diane Cossette, at a YMCA dance in 1967. They were married in 1972 at Nativity Church. In 1973, their daughter Kari Ann was born followed by their son Justin Patrick in 1977. Jim worked for his family business Robert Gibb & Sons and later owned it with his brothers and held various roles over the years. Early on as a plumber he helped build West Acres. He then moved over to the Underground Sewer and Water division overseeing and managing large-scale projects for many years all over the state. This is the role that he loved the most, making a major impact in infrastructure across the state of North Dakota. Later, he was integral in growing their Service Division and capped off his career as Vice President of Business Development before retiring in 2008. He was an active member in the Fargo community and was always proud to be a part of it. As a longtime member of the Elks, he wore all the hats, from Esquire to Exalted Ruler and became active at the state level after his retirement. He proudly served on the board of Fraser, an organization he held dear and believed in wholeheartedly. He had a strong passion for life, laughs, friendship, music, love, and stewardship that will live on in all his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, infant brother, Tommy, and sister-in-law Alacoque (Sapa) Gibb. He is survived by his wife Diane of 49 years; daughter Kari (Joe) Weisenburger; son Justin (Meaghan) Gibb; sisters Denise (Greg) Schlax, Jane Gibb, and Katie (Kevin) Riley; brothers Bob (Liz) Gibb and Greg (Dianne) Gibb; granddaughters Emma Skjerven, Ariana Gibb, Ellie Gibb, and Grace Weisenburger; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. A Prayer Service will be held at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center on Sunday, December 5, at 7 PM, with visitation starting at 5 PM. A Funeral will be held at Nativity Catholic Church on Monday, December 6, at 4:00 PM. A reception will be held immediately following the service at Reflections at Rose Creek, 1500 E Rose Creek Pkwy S. Fargo, ND 58104. Memorials in his memory can be made to Elks Camp Grassick, Father Davis in Chimbote, Peru or a cancer charity of your choice.

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  1. I am so very sorry to hear of Jims’ passing. Wishing you comfort and peace in the days ahead. My deepest sympathies to all of the Gibb family.
    I’m Free

    Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free, I’m following the path God laid for me.
    I took his hand when I heard his call, I turned my back and left it all.
    I could not stay another day, To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
    Tasks left undone must stay that way, I’ve found that peace at the end of the day.
    If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joy.
    A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Ah, yes, these things to I will miss.

  2. Dear Diane and family,
    You all are in my thoughts and prayers in Jim’s death. He lived and loved life and was a man of faith. I always appreciated his friendship. May his legacy and spirit live on in you and your wonderful family.
    Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him.
    Fr. Tim Bushy

  3. Patty and I are thankful that we got the chance to spend time with Jim and family. He will be missed. Prayers and Peace to the Gibb Family.

  4. To the Gibb family…I have worked with Jim & several of his family members thru the Fargo Park District over the years. They have been good friends & very generous to the District. In retirement Jim and I have had many conversations at Courts Plus while working out. Jim was always very kind and engaging in our conversations. I will miss you Jim, God bless your kind soul. Rest in Peace my friend….. Roger G Gress

  5. My condolences to the Gibb family. I hope your family can find wonderful memories to give you comfort during this difficult time. My prayers and thoughts are with your family.

  6. I was blessed to have met Jim 10+ years ago through some of his grade school friends. He was a true Gentleman from the day of our meeting until the last time we met this summer. A good friend to many on Earth, he will be an even better Angel. God bless his family and those he left behind.

  7. Dear Diane and family, I am so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. He was a good friend. Always had something nice to say with a smile. He will be missed dearly.

  8. To Diane and the Gibb Family. I am so sorry for your loss. Jim’s positive perspective on life was truly contagious and lives on in my heart. All of you are in my prayers. I think Jim would appreciate this quote from Leonardo da Vinci : “As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.”

  9. Jim Gibb was a favorite of everyone. He was always on an even keel, and we all knew throughout high school that James would find success in life and marriage. He had personality, smarts & good looks. !!

  10. My sincere condolences to the Gibb family. When I worked for Robert Gibb & Sons, I enjoyed Jim’s kindness, sence of humor and patience. Every morning he would greet me with a hearty “good morning” and a huge smile!
    God has gained an angel!

  11. A wonderful man, gone to soon. The Gibbs are one of Fargo’s finest families! Rest in peace Jim!

    Fond memories of hunting with you and our fathers when I was a young boy near Pettibone in the 1970’s.

    Clay Whittlesey

  12. Jim was one of life’s good guys. We were both south Fargo boys growing up in the 1960’s. I have always remembered a summer day at Pelican Lake when got into his parents Chevy station wagon and before starting it Jim pointed out a child’s dusty footprint on the dashboard. It from his niece and he loved it and to this day that memory has stuck with me. He was a kind and fair friend who noticed the details. And the Gibbs had the best next door neighbors at Pelican.

  13. My sincerest sympathy for your family’s loss. Jim was always great guy. It’s been years since I last saw Jim and Diane, I very shocked to read of his passing. Jim will be greatly missed.

  14. I can only echo what so many have already said. Jim Gibb – a wonderful man. He’ll be deeply missed and often remembered. I’m thankful our paths crossed many times. Bless you Diane and family.

  15. My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Gibb family and all the employees, Jim was a great guy and will be missed by the industry for sure, prayers to all.

  16. James A was a unique combination of class, loyalty, honesty and downright fun to be around. I’ll never forget his laugh and wry wit. I will miss my old pal but never forget him. May peace be with his family and other friends.

  17. My condolences to the Gibb family, Diane, Kari, Justin. Jim was a good man, caring, honest and genuine as are all the Gibbs, great family. Glad to have known Jim and been employed by the company for years.

  18. Diane and family:
    I’m sorry to hear of Jim’s passing.
    One thing you could count on is a big smile and handshake when seeing Jim. A genuinely good guy.
    RIP Gibber

  19. Diane, we were so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing! Know that you and your family are in our hearts and prayers. Jim was filled with warmth and kindness and we were blessed to know him! Janet and Jake Jacobson

  20. Jim was such an old friend, many wonderful experiences over the years. Always a gentleman and would be the sharpest dresser in the room.

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