Philip Roy Gabel
July 2, 1962 – February 4, 2014
Phil passed away in Cowichan District Hospital, surrounded by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Dana, daughters Katherine (Erron), Justine, and Michelle (Kaj), as well as his brothers John (Gail) and David (Mark) Gabel, sisters Margaret Gabel, and Barbara (Pedro) Arrais. He is also survived by his nephews Jim, Gordon and Christopher Compton, Miguel Arrais, Tony and Richard Gabel, and nieces Amanda Arrais, Stephanie Gabel and Simone Compton. He was predeceased by his parents Dave and Jean Gabel and his Aunt Katharine Knox.
Phil was born in Chemainus, and lived a very active life, being involved with Canada World Youth and Katimavik during which time he met his wife Dana. They moved to 100 Mile House where he loved raising his three daughters. While enjoying his career in the travel industry, his passion for community service became evident, working as an Auxiliary RCMP office and member of the School Board. After a serious car accident, which left him in a wheelchair, he never lost his adventurous spirit, seizing the opportunity to bungee jump in Whistler and glide over the Fraser valley. There will be a celebration of life in honor of Phil’s amazing spirit to be held at a later date.
The family wishes to thank all those involved in Phil’s medical care. Donations in Phil’s name will be gratefully appreciated by Spinal Cord Injury BC.
He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. We’ll love you Phil.