Bloomington-based Cook Medical says "hearts are heavy" as the company mourns the loss of Vice President of Engineering Bill Gibbons and his daughter. The two died in a plane crash over the weekend near Knoxville, Tennessee.
Gibbons has held a variety of leadership positions at Cook since 2000. His roles included engineering operation manager and president of Cook Endoscopy.
On its Facebook page, Cook Medical posted:
"Our hearts are heavy today as we learned about the passing of our friend and coworker. Last night, Bill Gibbons, our vice president of engineering, and his daughter were involved in a plane crash near Knoxville, TN. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gibbons family."
The Monroe County Community School Corp. issued the following statement:
The Monroe County Community School Corporation and the Bloomington High School South community are deeply saddened by the loss of beloved South student, Abbey Gibbons, and her father, Bill Gibbons. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family, friends, and all those affected by this tragedy. Our thoughts are with them as we remember and grieve the loss of a wonderful, caring, and exceptional student.
Bloomington High School South Principal Mark Fletcher expressed, "We are all in shock and saddened, to say the least, with the news of the Gibbons’ tragic accident. Such fantastic people who were thought so highly of by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”