Tributes Paid To Frank Gibson

Frank Gibson’s death leaves a huge gap in all of our lives.

That’s how Frank’s daughter, Sandra Kyne, has paid tribute to her father, who passed away at the weekend.

Frank was born in 1929 and was the third generation of Gibsons to work in the family photography business. He grew his skills working on the mainland before he returned to the islands in 1957, taking on the family firm two years later.

Frank expanded the business by adding postcard and souvenir sales and he produced photographic books on wildflowers, wrecks and landscapes. He was recognised as the official photographer of the islands and many his images were used all over the world to document island life.

Sandra says, “Photography was part of him, never ever just a job, but his joy, his only hobby and the thing he loved to do more than anything else.”

She said his photography was about recording the life of Scilly and the lives of those who live here, cataloguing history for future generations. And she said her father would like to be remembered most for the photographs he took, and the legacy of 60 years of historical record that he leaves.

His pictures captured tragedies like the aftermath of the 1983 helicopter crash and the Torrey Canyon wreck as well as happier occasions like Royal visits and Harold Wilson’s time in Scilly.

Sandra said, “Our childhood memories are that he was always working, always busy and rushing around, but at the same time he was always there, always supportive and encouraging and that never changed. He was the same with his grandchildren, interested in their lives, their achievements and their ambitions.”

The family have been touched by the comments they’ve received and Sandra says it’s clear that her father will be mourned and missed by so many, for just being a truly lovely gentleman.

The last photograph he took was a week before he died charting the progress of the Porthcressa building work from his bedroom window.

Frank’s funeral will be held on Tuesday 17th at 12noon in the Parish Church followed by internment at Old Town Church.

The family want to thank the doctors and nursing team on the islands for the outstanding and genuine caring Mr Gibson received, which meant he could fulfil his wish to end his days at home in Scilly.



4 Responses to Tributes Paid To Frank Gibson

  1. Rose July 14, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Frank was very good to us when we set up business in Well Lane and even when we later decided to produce our own range of postcards, he gave us encouragement. He was a guest and ‘official’ photographer at our wedding in 1992.
    Whenever we returned to Scilly he would always stop and have a chat and recently joked about being ‘reduced’ to using a digital compact camera.
    We will miss him.

  2. Mary July 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I am so thankful that I have known Frank who always had time to stop and speak with me. At other times I felt guilty when I was driving around the island and passed him! He will be missed by so many who didn’t know that such a man of stature was speaking with them. My condolences to his family and friends.

  3. Phil and Christine Moore July 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Very sad to hear of Franks passing, we will always have fond memories of conversations with him during our time in Scilly.
    Our thoughts are with his family.

  4. Peter Corbett July 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Very sorry indeed to hear of Frank’s death. The Rechabite Slip won’t be the same without him!