Newark - Gabriel Fabrizio, 84, passed away at the Wayne County Nursing Home on (October 1, 2012).
A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday (October 5) at 10 a.m. at St. Michael's Church, Main St., Newark, New York.
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Michael's Church in Newark, N.Y., or to the Alzheimer's Association .
Gabriel was born on August 5, 1928, in Binghamton, N.Y., to the late Frank and Theresa (Stirppe) Fabrizio, who had emigrated from Italy. As a young man, Gabe joined the United States Navy and, among other places, served in the Pacific at Bikini Atoll, where he participated in post war atomic bomb testing. He also served aboard the LST 611.
After his return to civilian life, Gabriel attended the Robert Fiance School in New York City. He then started his career in Auburn, N.Y., where he met his future wife Melanie. Gabe & Melanie were married for more than 58 years.
Gabriel owned and operated his first beauty shop, "The Crowning Glory" in Fulton, N.Y. and later opened his second shop, "Gabrielle's" in Oswego, N.Y., after moving his family to Minetto, N.Y. After many years Gabe and his family moved to Red Creek, N.Y. and he opened "Gabrielle's Hair Design" which he operated with his wife and daughter Maria. Gabriel retired after more than 40 years as a licensed beautician. Gabriel was a self-taught musician and played bass horn with the Syracuse Brigadiers and the Rochester Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. He was proud to have been a member of both Drum Corps, at the time each won the DCA National Championship. Gabe had many interests and as an adult continued his education to include electricity, plumbing and carpentry. He was very skilled at all aspects of remodeling and refinishing and his ability regarding wallpaper application was yet another profession he mastered. He loved to remind people to "Measure Twice, Cut Once." Gabe enjoyed furthering his education, studying photography, and for many years he was never without his Minnox. Gabriel loved antiques and especially tools of all kinds; his collections are remarkable. Gabriel loved to talk to people, he loved children, animals and especially loved his family.
He is survived by his wife Melanie (Tindall) Fabrizio and by his six children and their families; Michele, Mark, Michael, Melissa, Maria and Marla; as well as his four granddaughters, Alia, Natalie, Christa and Samantha. He is also survived by three sisters, Viola (Howard) Hulbert, Frances (Eddie) Romanczuk, and Sue (Bucky) Tucker.
He was predeceased by his parents as well as by his two brothers (Joseph and Anthony); and three of his sisters (Jeanne, Leena, and Rose).
Gabe will be sadly missed by his family, many former customers and good friends, as well as so many others whose lives he touched.
Arrangements are provided by Weeks-Keysor Funeral Home in Lyons, N.Y.