Sean Gabriel, 49, of Wareham, tragically succumbed from non-COVID acute respiratory failure after an on-going battle with COPD at Tobey Hospital in Wareham on Sunday, May 17, 2020.
Sean was born in Wareham, he is the son of Judy Gabriel-Card of Wareham and the late Charles Card, Jr. He attended Wareham High School, and LeBaron Hairdressing Academy in New Bedford. He worked as a stylist and manager at J.C. Penny, hair salon in North Dartmouth, and ProCuts, Mr. Chris and Wal-Mart, in Wareham. He also worked for the Gabriel Sign Company in Wareham. Most recently, he worked for Spillane’s Nursery, in Middleboro. He was a lead irrigation technician, commercial irrigation foreman and an apprentice irrigation/agriculture engineer, he was OSHA and DOT certified. Sean had many talents and was considered, by many, a Jack of all trades. No matter the job, big or small, Sean always took deep pride in his work and would not leave the job until he completed it to his standards, which were always above and beyond anyone else’s standards.
Sean enjoyed working on cars, he was very artistic and enjoyed drawing in pencil. He had a deep love for nature and for animals and adopted several rescue dogs. In his younger years he was an avid martial artist and believed that a true man fought for what he believed in. However, he considered his greatest accomplishment to be his three sons. He was a loving devoted father and took great pride in his responsibility to raise his sons. He was often heard saying, “I’m raising men not boys.” He taught them they could do whatever they wanted but to always give 100% effort and do it the right way, and to take pride in their accomplishments and that the bond of family is the most important thing in the world. He loved his family and was family oriented and came from a large extended family.
He is survived by his sons, Dylan Taylor Gabriel, Sean Khamden Gabriel, and Isaiah Michael Gabriel all of Middleboro; his mother, Judy Gabriel-Card of Wareham; his sisters, Stephanie Fafard of Wareham, and Siobhan Collins of Osterville; his grandson, Oliver Gabriel; his niece and nephew and great niece and nephew, and his long-time girlfriend, Claudia Mendes of Wareham, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was a kind and caring man and will always be remembered with a smile and will be deeply missed.
A funeral Mass will be planned at St. Patrick’s Church in Wareham and celebration of life at a later date when public gatherings will be permitted.
Donations in his memory may be made to MSPCA-Angell, Attn: Donations, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.