Richard Paul Gabriel, son of the late Joseph W. Gabriel, Jr. and Juliette J. Gabriel died after a courageous fight against COVID-19 and gained his Heavenly wings on Monday, May 11, 2020 at the young age of 55. Richard was born on August 18, 1964 in New Orleans, LA and resided in Mandeville, LA. Richard was preceded in death by his brother, Harold Gabriel, Sr. He is survived by his loving wife, Michelle Gabriel; daughters from his first marriage, Precious G. Thibodeaux (Brent), Ciara M. Gabriel (Adam), Victoria E. Gabriel (Keith); stepsons, Johnathan and Alexander Hoskins; three grandchildren, Alexandra and Leo Thibodeaux and Luke Campbell; brother, Joseph W. Gabriel, III; sister, Patricia G. Aiena and first wife, Gina O. Ingles.
Mr. Gabriel graduated in 1982 from Marion Abramson High School. His career path led him to become a First-Class Stationary Operating Engineer as well as HVAC certified. He has worked over 30 years in the hospital and health care industry in the Greater New Orleans area. His most recent accomplishment was graduating with his Master’s in Healthcare Administration in January 2020.
Richard was an invaluable, knowledgeable, and “most well-dressed” Chief Engineer for the hospital community. In addition, he was an enthusiastic cook, runner, cyclist, dancer, student, traveler, festgoer, and overall lover of life. He was loved and respected by many, he was kind, supportive and genuinely compassionate to everyone and always with a smile on his face. He was a true gentleman who lived life to the fullest every day yet he is leaving us way too soon. He is leaving behind a legacy of love for family, friends, and co-workers who will miss him tremendously. On Wednesday, May 20, 2020 The family will celebrate a private mass . Burial will follow the mass at St. Vincent Cemetery number One (1) 1950 Soniat Street, New Orleans, LA 70119. Due to Covid -19 restrictions in place, only immediate family members will be allowed to participate in the Funeral Mass and visitation. For those who cannot be in the chapel the Mass will be live streamed at 1:30P.M. Wednesday. Please visit www.schoenfh.com and go to Mr. Gabriel’s tribute to click on the service and view. ARRANGEMENTS BY JACOB SCHOEN & SON FUNERAL HOME 3827 CANAL ST. NEW ORLEANS, LA 70119.
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