Hundreds offers condolences at Gayle Gibson Pavilion memorial

HUNDREDS offered their condolences as The Gayle Gibson Pavilion was officially opened in a Canterbury Girls High School student run memorial service in June.

Mrs Gibson, 62, of Padstow Heights and a much-loved teacher at Canterbury Girls’ High School, was one of the two women who lost their lives while her husband Tony Giorgio, a teacher at Picnic Point High School, was seriously injured when unlicensed driver, Tyron Knodler, 21, allegedly hit them in a stolen Landcruiser while driving on the wrong side of the road on Henry Lawson Drive in Peakhurst in March.
Officers from the crash investigation unit charged the Revesby man with two counts of manslaughter, two counts of aggravated dangerous driving causing death, two counts of aggravated dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm and high-range drink driving.
“With the memorial function attended by Mr Giorgio and Gayle’s sister Margaret, it was a fitting tribute to a much-loved teacher, friend and colleague in the Canterbury Girls High School community,” Principal Sue Holden said.

As the P&C’s Chris Dunstan and Heather Veitch did the official unveiling of the pavilion’s name, school captains Amaani Fieldes-Busingye and Ruby Gee, and colleagues Kathy Burgess and Jane Slattery spoke about Gayle’s contribution to the girls’ education and her passion for teaching mathematics.
Students then helped plant a ‘GG’ pansy garden alongside an orange blossom gum planted by Tony and Margaret.