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.