William Addison Gibbs, Jr., “Bill,” passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 at age 72 surrounded by his wife, sons and siblings.
Born in Salisbury, and raised in Ocean City, he was the son of late William A. Gibbs, Sr. and Virginia (Bruffy).
Bill is survived by his wife, Julianne “Julie” (Mitchell) Gibbs; and sons, Gary Gibbs of Washington DC, Jeff Gibbs and his wife, Ashley (Parker), of Berlin, and Kevin Gibbs of Ocean City; and by the joy of his life, his two granddaughters, Addison and Ava Gibbs.
Also surviving are his brothers, Tom Gibbs and his wife, Nancy, of West Palm, Florida, and Bruce Gibbs and his wife, Theresa, of Ocean City; a sister, Gail Carozza of Salisbury; and several nieces and nephews.
Bill graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 1967. He attended Norman Jr. College for two years, where he played varsity basketball. He then transferred to West Georgia College where he received his Bachelor’s degree in History.
After college, Bill returned home and opened his first pizza shop, Lombardi’s on the Boardwalk at Wicomico Street.
In 1981, after purchasing The Breakers Hotel, Bill created The Dough Roller, fulfilling his lifelong dream, the need for a full-service restaurant on the Boardwalk.
Through his successes he was able to open multiple Dough Rollers up and down the beach.
Bill was very active in the Ocean City community. He was the president of the OCHMRA in 1988-1989. He served on the Chamber of Commerce and was a founding member of the OC Development Corporation.
He was a founding member of the Downtown Improvement Association, a member of the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation, and a past AGH Golf Tournament chairman.
He actively supported Children’s House by the Sea, Worcester County Development Center, and Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, and many more local organizations and charities.
Bill and Julie received the Brice and Shirley Phillips Lifetime Industry Achievement Award in 2012 from the Restaurant Association of Maryland. He was awarded a Key to the City in 2014.
In his spare time, Bill enjoyed his grandkids the most. He was an avid Ravens fan and golfer. Bill loved Kentucky basketball and enjoyed playing the slots or a game of 3-card poker at Ocean Downs.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, from 4-7 p.m. at the Atlantic United Methodist Church, 105 4th St., Ocean City, Maryland.
The funeral service will be on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at 1 p.m. at the church. Rev. George Patterson will officiate. Interment will follow and will be private for the family only.
In lieu of flowers a donation in his memory may be made to: The Children’s House by the Sea, P.O. Box 3627, Ocean City, Maryland 21843; Vietnam Veterans of America Ocean City Chapter 1091, P.O. Box 1343, Ocean City, Maryland 21843; or Worcester County Developmental Center, 8545 Newark, Maryland 21841.
Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home, Berlin Maryland 21811.