Thomas David Gabriel Sr., 58

Sep 13, 2021

Thomas David Gabriel Sr., 58, of Wareham, passed away Sept. 11, 2021, at Tobey Hospital surrounded by his family, after a brave battle with laryngeal cancer. He was the son of the late George M. and Marion (Zion) Gabriel.

Tom was born in Wareham and resided there his whole life. He had the kindest heart and always looked out for the underdog. 

Tom owned and operated Gabriel Sign Company for many years. Previously, he worked in the irrigation and construction fields, and he operated Gabriel’s Ice Cream Trucks. He was a “Jack of all trades.”

He was a passionate football fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He often spent his time watching NASCAR or target shooting at The Grove. Tom never missed a day of playing his lucky numbers and enjoyed his occasional trip to the casino with his brother. Tom shared a love of his childrens’ athletics and was their biggest fan, from BMX tracks to the balance beam to the soccer and football fields.

Most of all he loved his family and he lit up whenever his grandchildren were around, they were the light of his life.

The Gabriel family would like to thank Southcoast Palliative & Hospice for their care and support. 

Survivors include his son, Thomas D. Gabriel, Jr. and his wife Cosette; his granddaughters Nailah and Amina of Lakeville; his daughter, Melissa M. Duquette and her husband Joshua; his grandchildren Delaney and Joshua Jr. of Middleboro; his only surviving aunt, Ruby Zine of Wareham;  his siblings, Constance J. Hayes and her husband, John of Mattapoisett, George M. Gabriel, Jr. and his wife Mary of Middleboro, Judy Gabriel-Card of Wareham, Chris Gabriel and his wife Maureen of Wareham, Michael A. Gabriel of Wareham and Nancy Gabriel of Rochester; his former wife, Helen A. (Drake) Summers of Marstons Mills; many nephews, nieces and cousins. 

He was predeceased by his brother, John J. Gabriel and his nephew and best friend, Sean Gabriel.