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Obituary: John J. Gabriel, 71

John J. Gabriel, 71, of of Johnston passed away Saturday, January 25, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Linda (Pezzulli) Gabriel and they would have celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary on February 3rd. Born in Providence, he was the devoted son of the late Charles and Catherine (Zommer) Gabriel.

He was the loving father to Elizabeth LaMere and her husband Matthew of Concord, N.C., Jennifer Parent and her husband Michael of Lincoln, and loving 'Papa' to Samantha Gabriel and Lucas and Caleigh Parent. Pre-deceased by a brother, Michael Gabriel, John is survived by five sisters, three brothers, many nieces and nephews, and his best friend Peter St. Lawrence.

A draftsman by trade, John's career spanned over 40 years during which time he worked for William Bloom and Sons and Monarch Industries. A member of the Carpenters Union Local #94 he was very involved with union politics and served his brothers and sisters in the capacity of Trustee, Recording Secretary, and Delegate to the RI Carpenter's District Council, and as an instructor for the Cabinet/Shop Apprentice program.

A life-long avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, John became a shareholder of the team in recent years. He loved watching sports, golfing, woodworking and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

His funeral is Friday at 8:45 from "WOODLAWN" Funeral Home 600 Pontiac Avenue Cranston followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Matthew's Church, Cranston. Burial will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston. Visiting hours Thursday 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's name to St. Jude's Children's Hospitals, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

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