1943 – 2017
Robert “Bob” Nicola Gabriele of Loris passed away on Saturday, Sept. 23 in Loris. He was 73.
Born Nov. 17, 1943 in Boston, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late James Gabriele and the late Viola Cutting Gabriele.
Mr. Gabriele served his country with courage, honor, and distinction in both the United States Army and the United States Coast Guard during the Vietnam War. After the war, he dedicated his efforts to serve his community in law enforcement as well as being a volunteer fireman and EMT. He was the former Chief of Police in Harleyville, and a retired detective with the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Department. Mr. Gabriele was an excellent provider and a longtime active member of Harleyville First United Methodist Church. He will be most remembered by those who were blessed to have known him as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend to all.
Survivors include his loving wife, Rosemary “Sally” Gabriele of the home; two sons, Wallace Gabriele and wife, Maria of James Island, and John Villa and wife, Linda of Goose Creek; three daughters, Debbie Rice and husband, Don of Phoenix, Arizona, Barbara Corder and husband Reverend Grady Corder of Loris, and Sally Davis and husband, Joel of Summerville; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and his sister, Evelyn Morton of Weymouth, Massachusetts.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Gabriele was predeceased by his daughter, Diane Villa and his two brothers, David Gabriele and James Gabriele.
Family planned to receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Harleyville First United Methodist Church.
A memorial service was planned for 11a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Harleyville First United Methodist Church, 135 E Main Street in Harleyville, with Pastor Kelly Snelgrove and Rev. Grady Corder officiating.
Memorials may be made to Harleyville First United Methodist Church, 135 East Main Street, Harleyville, SC 29448 or to the Loris First United Methodist Church, 3507 Broad Street, Loris, SC 29569.
A guest register is available here.