A Presidential Proclamation honoring Rechucher-ra-Ioulidid John C. Gibbons untimely passing was issued by President Surangel Whipps Jr. in recognition of his contributions and legacy to his State of Koror and to the Republic of Palau. The proclamation ordered all Palau flags to be flown half-mast for period of five (5) days commencing on May 30, 2021.
Rechucher-ra-Ioulidid John C. Gibbons, was appointed and served as Minister of Justice for the Republic from 2009 until 2012 by former President Johnson Toribiong. The proclamation stated that under his terms, he was “instrumental in promoting and protecting the safety, resources, security and peace of the Republic.”
John C. Gibbon who hold the Koror traditional chief title of Rechucher-ra-Ioulidid, the second in line to the “Ibedul” title, the High Chief of Koror State, was a member of the Ngara Meketii Council of Chiefs of Koror and the head of the Ngarametal, the Koror State’s traditional men’s group.
He was also the first elected Governor of Koror State in 1997, serving two consecutive terms and before that served as the State Executive Administrator from 1985 to 1997.
Rechucher-ra-Ioulidid John C. Gibbons graduated from Palau Seventh Day Adventist School and went on to Palau Mission Academy where he graduated in 1965. He pursued college education at the College of Guam and on to the University of Hawaii where he majored in Political Science with minor in Psychology.
He was called to his eternal rest on May 20, 2021 and is survived by his wife Dirioulidid Ruth Gibbons, his children Basilius Gibbons, and Colleen Ngerdoku Gibbons-Mahe and grandchildren.
Proclamation states that late Rechucher-ra-Ioulidid John C. Gibbons, was a beloved Palaun leader symbolizing “strong Palauan values” and that his loss is felt by entire nation.
State funeral for former Minister and Rechucher-ra-Ioulidid John C. Gibbons will be held at the Old OEK Building on Thursday, June 3, 2021.

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