On November 9th, 2020, Gary Paul Fabbri passed away surrounded by loved ones, with his son, Paul and his wife, April, holding his hands at his bedside. He lived a long and beautiful life with many blessings and trials along the way. Gary was born August 13, 1946, in Gallitzin, Pennsylvania. He loved his hometown, and he and his family were a big part of it. Gary and his twin sister, Gail, were well known around town for their amazing dancing and singing skills. They were able to showcase their talents on television and won second place in their high school talent show. Gary was also a gifted athlete. He was proud to wear the #41 as point guard for the Gremlin’s basketball team. In his spare time, Gary volunteered as a fire fighter for the Gallitzin Fire Company and was glad to help those in need. Gary was a hard worker in anything to which he set his mind! He enjoyed science and worked in hospital laboratories and later became a top salesman for scientific medical equipment companies in his adult career.
Gary decided to settle down with his family in Arizona and loved Arizona’s warm weather and desert landscape. You could typically find him out and about taking pictures of the beautiful sunsets, hummingbirds and local cacti. He was a gifted artist and had an amazing eye for getting the “right shot!” He put his love of photography to use in his community for projects that were dear to his heart, such as the Tuskegee Airmen, the local church, senior class pictures, family celebrations, car shows and charity events. It gave Gary joy to be able to contribute his community in this way and to have the opportunity to capture the special moments life has to offer. He was also passionate about singing and loved to sing in his church choir at Apollo Baptist Church. In his spare time, Gary enjoyed traveling, eating pasta, and drinking wine! And he loved talking about his Cobra Mustang, “Sally,” and thoroughly enjoyed entering “her” in car shows (often winning)!
Gary would lend a helping hand to anyone he could. He had a soft spot for children and animals, and they loved him, too! Gary Fabbri was as tough as they come and battled Type 1 diabetes for most of his life; however, most people would not have known that because he never let it get in the way of living life to its fullest! He had a knack for telling a good story and playing a fun prank. Gary loved to tell jokes and had such a contagious laugh and was always the life of the party! Those who knew him, loved him dearly! As his last effort to help others, Gary donated his body to science in the hope he could make a difference to someone, even in his death.
Gary is survived by his wife, April; his children from his first marriage, Paul Fabbri, Adam Fabbri (Alicia Fabbri) and Lindsey Easton (Mark Easton Jr); and his three grandchildren, Mark Easton III, Gabriel Fabbri and Luke Fabbri. He also leaves behind, his sisters, Gloria Slyvester, Marilyn “Babe” Kalisky and Gail Ryan, and his ex-wife, Janice Fabbri-Fritz, along with many other beloved family members and dear friends. In leaving this life to go to his eternal home with his heavenly father, Gary is joining loved ones who have gone before: his mother, Mary Bozella Fabbri; his father, Gino Fabbri; and his brothers, Ralph Fabbri and William “Billy” Fabbri. One can only imagine the celebration that was had as Gary arrived Home!
Thank you, everyone, for your prayers and support of Gary Fabbri and his family. If you would like to donate in honor of Gary, donations can be made to the following charities.
American Diabetes Association: https://www.diabetes.org/donate?s_src=WWW20XX01DD001G001CC&s_subsrc=donate-button&utm_source=donate-button&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=general-donation&utm_term=donation&utm_content=top-nav&autologin=true
St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital: https://www.diabetes.org/donate?s_src=WWW20XX01DD001G001CC&s_subsrc=donate-button&utm_source=donate-button&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=general-donation&utm_term=donation&utm_content=top-nav&autologin=true
American Heart Association:
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