James (Jim) Gubbine, Sr.

James (Jim) Gubbine, Sr., passed away May 28, 2018 after a short and sudden illnes at the age of 96. Jim was born in Janesville, Pennsylvania in November 1921 and was raised in Southern New Jersey where he graduated from Bridgeton High School in 1942.  Following high school he served three years in the U.S. Navy during WWII.  After the War he attended Utah State University where he met his future wife, Jo Swensen and they were married in 1947 in Elko, Nevada.

After graduating with a Bachelor  of Arts degree in the spring of 1950, he accepted a teaching position at the McGill Grade School in the fall of 1950. He loved his job and teaching school for the next thirty years until his retirement.

Jim was very passionate when it came to sports. He was  a decorated athlete in high school receiving all-state recognition in football, basketball and baseball and is a member of the City of Bridgton’s sports Athletic Hall of Fame. Jim was a member of Utah State’s first baseball team after the War and was a team captain . He played semi-pro baseball after college and an  automobile accident prevented him from a tryout with a professional baseball team in Los Angeles. He played three games of professional football in Philadelphia. His athleticism led to a career of coaching at McGill Grade School where his basketball teams won 23 tournaments. He, at one time, coached the WPHS baseball team. He coached Pop Warner Football teams in McGill. He was a lifeguard at the McGill Swimming Pool and gave swimming lessons to numerous kids in the county. Jim was also a referee where he ref’d high school football and basketball games and umpired baseball games.  More or less after retirement, he became an avid golfer.

Jim cherished and loved  his family and is survived by his wife Jo of 71 years and three sons: Jim, Jr., and Lisa, (McGill), Kent (Richmond, CA) and Kim and Peggy (McGill). He is survived by five grandchildren, Kelly, Jamie, Samuel, Karolyn, and Sonny and five great-grandchildren; Siset, Dominique, Karamia, Mason and Rianna; and one brother, Abe of LaPlata, Missouri and numerous nieces and nephews, mostly in the Eastern United States.

Jim was preceded in death by his grandson, Ty Gubbine, daughter-in-law, Susan Hase Gubbine and daughter-in-law Tina Eubanks Gubbine and six sisters and four brothers.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the McGill Grade School Gymnasium.

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  1. Heidi Reid says:

    To the Gubbine family, so very sorry for the loss of your wonderful father. Such an amazing generation. They will never be replaced. May the Lord be with you and comfort you at this time. Heidi Hansen Reid

  2. Betty Milobar says:

    To the family of Jim Gubbine. Very sorry for your loss. My father enjoyed working and playing golf with him for many, many years. RIP Love & Prayers to all. Betty Polish Milobar. <3 <3 <3

  3. Janet Martineau says:

    Dear Gubbine Family:

    What memories this article brought back. I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and father.

    Mr. Gubbine was my 8th grade teacher. Reading this article took me back to the beautiful McGill baseball park with our McGill School P.E. class, learning about softball. Mr. Gubbine was so enthusiastic about teaching us the sport, even though we weren’t good at it, we enjoyed it. With all the town teams in the county playing at the McGill ball park, baseball was always a big part of the town’s life. His patient efforts to teach a bunch of children about baseball added to lifelong enjoyment of the game.

    In living in and loving the town of McGill, Mr. Gubbine approached most of his community activities that same way, with patience and enthusiasm – probably another reason why he was one of the community leaders in McGill. His willingness to generously volunteer his time and talents to promoting, coaching and refereeing community sports events added a great deal to the quality of life in White Pine County in those years. Kids needed responsible and fair adults to be our coaches and referees and examples of what a responsible citizen does to improve the life of the community.

    I will always be grateful for his examples.

    I wish you comfort in your memories of the well lived life you shared with him.

    Janet Martineau

  4. Darlene Barton McKenzie says:

    So sorry for the family of Jim Gubbine. Many great memories of school a long time ago. Great principal and teacher. I use to babysit for them and was surprised to hear 2 of the boys still live in McGill.

  5. Steve R. Sisneros says:

    Jo and Gubbine Family , My condolences and sympathy to you all on the passing of Jim . I began my teaching career at McGill Elementary in 1966. A rookie teacher from Pocatello . I was so lucky to start my teaching career at McGill working with Jim , Jack , Larsen, and Dick over my two years there . All these gentlemen co-workers in the upper grades were not only friends but mentors to me as well . I don’t want to forget another great man , John Polish . Their patience, support and advice gave me a firm foundation for my total of 37 years of successful teaching . I don’t want to forget all the other fine teachers at the school and Coy Munson also . As the years went by in my teaching career I would often tell my co-workers of the great people and kids I worked with in McGill . Even though it has been over 50 years since then i have never forgotten them . To me,Jim was a great guy and one of the finest men I ever met , I was so lucky to have known and worked with such a great man . Rest in peace good friend and even though I had not spoken to you in some years you were often thought of .

  6. Donna (Gubbine) Gressman says:

    Aunt Jo and Family, I’m so sorry to hear about Uncle Jimmy’s death. We all loved him very much. I always enjoyed your Family’s visits to New Jersey. My Dad (Sam) always spoke of fond memories he had of his beloved brother. He was so proud of him. We sent our love and prayers and I feel your pain. My DAD died 16 years ago and I miss him terribly. God Bless! Donna ( Gubbine) Gressman and Family…

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