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James Byers Gibson
1880 - 1952

James Gibson, was born in Armagh, Northern Ireland and, as a youth, was apprenticed to a draper. Following a calling for church work, he was sponsored by the Colonial and Continental Church Society to become a student at Emmanuel College in 1906, when Rev. Lloyd was Principal.  He was ordained in 1910.  His first parish was St. Cuthbert’s in Perdue, Saskatchewan.  He came to Lloydminster as Rector in 1911. He was a very personable man and had most of the children in town going to Sunday School. Mrs. Gibson died at an early age and is buried in Lloydminster.

Rev. Gibson left Lloydminster in 1920 for Anyox, British Columbia.  

PRINCE RUPERT B.C. June 14, 1945: Rev James Gibson dean of St Andrew's Cathedral was Wednesday elected Anglican bishop of the Diocese of Caledonia. He was the overwhelming choice of four on the first ballot. … Bishop Gibson, a graduate of Emmanuel College, came to Prince Rupert from Smithers, B.C. in 1928 and has been Rector of St Andrew's since that time.

Bishop Gibson was killed in a car accident in 1952.

Winnipeg Free Press, Friday, July 25, 1952: BISHOP, WIFE DIE IN CRASH AT WEST COAST- Rt. Rev. J. E. Gibson, 72-year-old Anglican Bishop of Caledonia, and his wife were killed Thursday in an automobile accident on Skeena Highway two miles east of [Prince Rupert]. Miss Eileen Gibson, their daughter, and Rev. S. R. Jeacon, a family friend and retired missionary, were injured. Their condition Thursday night was described by hospital authorities as good. Their car brushed a truck heading in the same direction and careened into a 20-foot ditch. Driver of the truck was not hurt. Bishop and Mrs. Gibson were riding in the back seat of the four-door sedan and were believed to have died instantly. … Surviving besides Eileen is another daughter, Noreen, and a son Henry.