The Clark University Department of Athletics is mourning the loss of William Gibbons, Sr., Class of 1957, who passed away earlier this week after an incredibly courageous fight with cancer.
Gibbons, Sr., whose iconic "dipsy-do" call while serving as the public address announcer at basketball games throughout Worcester, along with his unmistakable accent, endeared him to everyone, was 83.
"Mr. Gibbons did so much for so many," said Clark head basketball coach, Paul Phillips. "Whenever you saw him, you knew you were going to get a smile, a warm handshake and a great story. We were and always will be proud that he is a Clark alum."
He was a fixture at the annual Clark High School Tournament, and served as PA announcer for countless area college basketball games, including contests at Clark and WPI, where he also announced Engineer football contests.
"This is a tough blow for not just the Clark community, but the entire Worcester area," said Clark Associate Athletics Director, Joe Brady. "The thing that made him so great was that he gave everyone he met the feeling that you had been friends with him forever. Just an incredible man."
A rare three sport captain, Gibbons, Sr. was a standout member of the baseball, men's basketball and tennis teams during his undergraduate days at Clark.
After graduation, he spent more than 30 years teaching in the Worcester Public School system and embarked on a coaching career that saw him lead the basketball program at Becker College and then at Worcester's Doherty and North high schools.
Gibbons, Sr. returned to his alma mater to coach the men's tennis team, guiding them to an 18-8 mark in his two seasons before he moved on to coach the boy's tennis team at Doherty and then the girl's program.
A lifelong Worcester resident, Gibbons, Sr., has been inducted into several Halls of Fame, including the Massachusetts Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame, the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and both the Becker College and Clark Halls of Fame.
Calling hours will be on Friday, June 8th from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at O'Connor Brothers Funeral Home, 592 Park Avenue. The funeral Mass of the Resurrection is Saturday, June 9th at 10:00 a.m. at Christ the King Church, 1052 Pleasant Street.