Edward A. Gabel, Jr., 95 of Poughkeepsie, NY passed away on Monday, November 13, 2017. Edward was born at home on November 5, 1922 in the Bronx, to the late Edward A. Sr. and Winifred Cecilia White Gabel. He is survived by his loyal and devoted wife Frances P. Gabel. His beloved "Franny" was a "saint" in the final years.They were married June 26 1948…almost made it to 70 years!
The son of a New York City policeman and a Mother who was a community activist in their neighborhood. He served with the Navy Seabees as a commissioned civil engineer during World War II (1942-1945) and the Korean War (1951-1953). He was with the 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions in the Pacific, landing at Nagasaki, not long after the Atom Bomb was dropped on that city. He served in the Naval Reserves, retiring as a commander in 1968.
He was a graduate of Manhattan Prep and attended Columbia University receiving a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Manhattan College in 1945. He credited his older sister Winifred for instilling in him the value of pursuing higher education.
He began his 38 year telephone career in 1946 as a central office equipment engineer for Western Electric. In 1947, he joined New York Telephone as a switchman and later served as the district engineer for the areas of Kingston, Catskill, Newburgh, Monticello and Poughkeepsie. In 1979 was named manager of Community Relations until his retirement in 1984.
He served on the board of directors of both the Poughkeepsie and Newburgh Chambers of Commerce, the Poughkeepsie Downtown Council, the Mid-Hudson Home builders, the Dutchess County Planning Board and with the United Way in various capacities for over 20 years. He also served with the Wappingers Falls Kiwanis and the Dutchess County Boy and Girls Scout Councils.
He was a proud member of Dutchess Golf and CC for 50 years (1966-2016) and served on the board of directors for some of those years. His love of golf and his beloved Dutchess Golf Club, was influential to many of the Gabel family that follows.
Edward epitomized the “Greatest Generation”. He could make or fix almost anything. He was so proud of his house and yard in Red Oaks Mill, from 1953 until today. Fondly called “The Big E” in his retirement years, he will be remembered for his generosity, optimism, “gift of gab”, love for family, friends, and country.
In addition to his wife, Edward is survived by his children Patricia Gabel, Edward (wife Ann) Gabel, Thomas (wife Chamai) Gabel, Grandchildren Thomas M. Gabel, Elizabeth Judge, Amanda Richter, Scott Furkay, Daniel Gabel and Ryan Gabel, great-grandchildren Anna and Jack Richter, and Cole Judge. He is predeceased by his sisters Winifred Cecilia (Gabel) Rogers and Phyllis (Gabel) Hickey.
Visitation is Saturday, November 25, 2017, 1-2:30PM at the Wm. G. Miller & Son FH, Inc., 371 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. A Celebration of Life Service will begin at 2:30PM in the Funeral Home with Military Honors. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at www.wmgmillerfuneralhome. com