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BRETT MICHAEL GIBERT
November 17, 1960 ~ June 5, 2014
"Brett was a friend for life from the moment he
met someone. His passionate and friendly soul
loved life to the fullest."
Brett Gibert's life came to a close too soon on June 5, 2014, following complications from surgery, at age 53.
Even when working, Brett entertained his co-workers with fun banter and quick wit. He was a member of the Brotherhood of the Carpenters and was a skilled interior installer for more than 30 years.
In play, Brett was an adventurer who adored the challenge of learning new and different things. He collected guitars and found his solace while playing riffs of Todd Rundgren. An outdoor enthusiast, Brett frequently joined his buddies on mountain bike rides in the Columbia River Gorge. He also loved cheering for his Portland Trail Blazers. He was an extremely talented artist, woodworker, and avid collector of all genres of music.
With family, Brett enjoyed traveling with his wife Lisa, snuggling with the family's dog, Ellie, attending soccer games and practices with his son, Nathan, or encouraging his daughter, Megan, in her singing and theatrical performances.
Brett had an infectious spirit and a strong commitment
to helping those in need. From his deep love for his family,
siblings and mother, to an unfettered devotion to friends
and co-workers, Brett always took time to listen
and be present in their lives.
He also kept himself in check, making a point not to take life too seriously. He often poked fun at awkward or uncomfortable situations and laughed at himself. Even during his final days, he laughed, cried, and reminded us how much he loved his family.
Brett is survived by his wife of 25 years, Lisa Gibert, 53; son, Nathan, 21; daughter Megan, 17, who all reside in Ridgefield, WA; his mother, Audrey Gibert; sisters, Barbara McKenzie, 62, Bonnie Turner, 60 and Julie Gibert, 52; brothers, Barry Gibert, 58, Bryan Gibert, 55 and Jimmy Gibert, 50; and his many loving in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and countless friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Arnold Gibert; and his father-in-law, Roy Fordham.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sat., June 14, at Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Gaiser Student Center in the Penguin Union Building (PUB).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Gibert Memorial Trades Scholarship Fund through Clark College Foundation, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663-3505 or https://www.clarkcollegefoundation.org/make-a-contribution.
Please sign his guest book at www.columbian.com/obits.
Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel
1101 NE 112th Avenue Vancouver, WA 98684
Published in The Columbian on June 12, 2014