Friday, April 13, 2018

Community mourns passing of long time North Coast booster Garry Rabel

Garry Rabel a long time resident of Prince Rupert
and a man very involved in his community passed away
earlier this month

(Photo from Prince Rupert Rotary club files)

Mourners gathered at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Prince Rupert on Friday afternoon, making their way into the east side Church through the mid afternoon rain to pay their last respects to the family of Garry Rabel. 

The former city councillor and member of the local Rotary Club who passed away earlier this month at the age of 73 at Prince Rupert Regional Hospital.

Mr. Rabel, who arrived in town with his family in 1983, was well known for his work at PhilPott Evitt in the Rupert Square, a popular member of the hardware and building supply store staff who was frequently sought out by contractors and customers for his knowledge and abilities in sourcing out a wide range of supplies.

He was also quite involved with both his church and in a number of community activities, whether it be through his work in amateur sports or Rotary functions around the city. 

His work as a Rotarian helped to deliver a number of club initiatives to the community through the years and like many Rotarians Mr. Rabel  had an opportunity to lead the local chapter, serving in the capacity of Rotary Club of Prince Rupert from 2012-13

His sense of service to community also brought him to elected office for a one year term, with Mr. Rabel serving as a council member at Prince Rupert City Hall from 1993 to 1996, helping to guide the council of the day through the many challenges that faced the city at the time.

With his passing he is survived by his wife Dianne, three children and a long list of grandchildren, family members and friends in this community and far beyond.

A short biography is available on the Everhere Facebook page and website, where those that knew Mr. Rabel can offer their condolences to the family.

In the obituary provided to the Northern View, the family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to MCC Canada World Relief

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