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Donald R. Gabis

Donald R. Gabis, 73, of Templeton, passed away, Friday, June 12, 2020, in Athol Memorial Hospital, Athol, after a long illness with his family by his side.

Born in Chicopee on December 30, 1946, he was the son of the late Raymond T. and Jeanne Y. (Vallee) Gabis. He was a United States Coast Guard Vietnam War Veteran serving from 1964 to 1968, where he received the National Service Defense Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Donald was a maintenance supervisor employed by Seaman Paper of Otter River for 25-years until his retirement in 2006.

Donald was a member of the Otter River Sportsman Club of Templeton. He loved to fish. He enjoyed scratch tickets, going to casinos—especially Foxwoods, listening to country western music, cooking, and watching movies. Donald was a family man who loved and cherished time spent with them.

Donald is survived by his wife of 26-years Marie (Gaudet) Gabis of Templeton; a son, Donnie Dragon and his significant other Jennifer Langlais  of Otter River; two daughters, Lori Martin of Arlington, TX, and Tracy Keeney of Winchendon; three brothers, David Gabis of Cheboygan, MI, Michael Gabis and his wife Susan of Attleboro, and Robert Gabis of Massachusetts; six grandchildren, Katie Dragon, Marissa and Caden Keeney, Trey and Derek Smith, and Zachary Tan; a special cousin, George Vallee of Hubbardston; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his sister, Barbara Sunbloom- Gabis

Funeral Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Special Olympics Massachusetts, 512 Forrest Street, Marlborough, MA 01752, or on their website at (www.specialolympicsma.org ). Please reference in memory of Donald R. Gabis.

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Marie and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about Donald's passing. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Ann Marie Page Jun 19 2020 12:00 AM

Marie, so sorry for your loss.

blakatik@comcast.net Jun 17 2020 12:00 AM

Marie and family,

Thoughts and prayer, sorry for your loss.

Bill, Linda Thompson Jun 16 2020 12:00 AM

Yup, I have years and years of memories. He will never be forgotten. He was always there to help if any of us needed him. I will never forget his laugh! Sometimes he would make you wonder what he was really thinking in the back of his mind! God Bless you Marie...Know that I love you and I have you in my prayers...

Gail Gabis Jun 16 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Gabis

Anita & CJ Jacques Jun 15 2020 12:00 AM

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