Gabriel, Alfredo Andre a 36 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Monday, July 16, 2001 in Redondo Beach at the age of 64. He is survived by his wife and loving partner of 32 years, Maria; son, Michael C. Gabriel of Lawndale, CA; daughter, Michelle A. Gabriel-Wallace of Las Vegas, NV; son-in-law, Genet Wallace of Las Vegas, NV; grandson, Christopher M. Gabriel-Wallace of Las Vegas, NV; grandson, Michael C. Gabriel II of Santa Clarita, CA; grandson, Brandon Travis of Santa Clarita, CA; daughter-in-law, Christine Travis of Santa Clarita, CA; son-in-law, Clifford Travis of Santa Clarita, CA; brother, Manuel Gabriel of Palo Alto, CA; and sister-in-law, Maria of Palo Alto, CA. Alfredo was Born in Brooklyn, New York. As a youngster and young man he won several dance and solo roller skating competitions. At 18 Alfredo joined and served in the United States Air Force. He held a bachelors and two masters degrees and worked as an engineer in the aerospace industry for over 40 years. In the 70's Alfredo raced NHRA stock and fuel funny cars. At this time he also took up learning to play classical flamenco guitar. While in the TRW Ski Club Alfredo won several downhill racing competitions and enjoyed teaching his wife and children to ski. Alfredo was the owner of the Kayak Store in Redondo Beach since 1995 and taught kayaking up until last summer with his wife and son on summer weekends. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church. He also was a member to the TRW Ski Club as well as the TRW, Hughes, and LA Airforce Base Volleyball Clubs, where he competed in A and B leagues up until 1998. Visitation will be Sunday, July 22, 2001 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with Vigil Services beginning at 7:00 P.M at White & Day's Colonial Chapel, 901 W. Torrance Blvd. (at Prospect Avenue), Redondo Beach, CA. 90277. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, July 23, 2001 at 10:00 A.M. at St. James Catholic Church, 415 Vincent Street (at Pac. Coast Hwy.) in Redondo Beach. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, CA. En lieu of flowers the family wishes that donations be made to St. James Catholic Church, 415 Vincent Street, Redondo Beach, CA, 90277. Please indicate to family if you will be able to attend the reception to be held at the St. James Hall (immediately adjacent to the church), following the burial. Please notify the family by E-mail:

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  1. I am truly sorry for your lost. Gab was a REAL friend to me, and I will miss the long detailed conversations he and I had. I will continue to keep you and yours in my prayers

  2. Gabe was a good friend. I always enjoyed seeing him. He taught me a lot about Volleyball, Kayaking and life. HE will be greatly missed. May God Bless and Keep the family as you go through this time of need. Donna

  3. I\’m in shock. Words can not describe what Gabe meant to me while I was stationed at LA AFB. The kayaking trips, the long philosophical talks, coaching volleyball, and the great friendship. I never met a kinder, more giving person. I miss you Gabe. Matt

  4. Gabe is a good man and I enjoyed talking to him when I was at the Air Force Base. He will be missed!!!

  5. I worked with Alfredo while I was stationed at LAAFB from March 1998 until September 1999. Throughout that entire time, he always had a smile and a joke, even when things were at their worst. I never saw him upset or loose his temper a single time. He had a heart of gold and was one of the most gentle and meek people I have ever served with. I am honored to have known him. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family.

  6. Maria & Family, Our deepest smypathy at the loss of your beloved husband. Our hearts reach out to you in this difficult time. Your friends at CSSCS

  7. Hey Gabe, We are going to miss you arround here, but you will always be a part of each and every life you touched. Keep playing that beautiful music.

  8. I fondly remember Al. I enjoyed visiting him at the Kayak store, when I dropped off my laundry. My prayers are with your family to provide comfort and strength.

  9. To the Gabriel Family: May you find peace and inner strength through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Al was my boss many years ago. I remember his great sense of humor. My condolences and prayers are with you all. God bless you.

  10. To the family, I\’m very sorry for your loss of such a wonderfull person. He will be missed but his duties are much more important now. Thanks Gabe fo being a friend. God bless.


  12. When “GAB” was hired a Hughes Space and Communications 15 years ago he was my supervisor. As my leader he hepled me become the professional that I am tody. He went to bat for me several times. I will miss that famous smile and his fatherly advise, in fact he was my work father. I would like to share my deepest sympathy to all of his family. Gab was a wonderful person I will never forget all that he did for me.

  13. Gabe was an amazing man, he helped me through some of the toughest times in my life with some of the greatest words that I will never forget. My prayers are with you Maria and the family through this time. If you or the family needs anything please don\’t hesitate to call on me I will do what I can to be there, like Gabe was for me. All the love, Jesecca

  14. Gabe, You gave my career a shot with all the writing I did for recruiting and by managing that great bunch of production coordinators you built. Major breakthroughs originated in our office. The unique ability to clear the office of friends and coffee klatschers; close the door and freak out with days of work to complete a job on time, within budget and to the satisfaction of customer and manager. We were young and crazy! You never could resist anything with wheels that went fast. My favorite memory is being your pizza and frosted flake gofer while you holed up in your apartment recovering from an encounter with a mattress on the 405 while piloting one of your rice rockets. The time with Gabriel & Wagner Racing trying to get sponsors and helping in the pits. Low on dollars; high on enthusiasm we were. I miss hangin\’ out at the Kayak Store and with Vince at the cleaners next door. A.A.G. I love ya, I miss ya! In Jesus\’ name, Easy G.

  15. I enjoyed conversing with Alfredo and joking with him . He had a great sense of humor. I particularly enjoyed hearing stories from his military days. A few years ago, we started having lunch twice a week along with other co-workers. I am happy that I we did this and I thank God for giving me the pleasure in knowing this great man. I aks our Lord God to give him peace. Alfredo was a good friend and I will miss him very much.

  16. You all have my love and deepest sympathy. Gabe was one of the finest, most uplifting people I have ever known, keeping the world laughing even when he was very ill. Gabe was a pleasure to work with at TRW, to ski with in the ski club and he will live on in our memories for as long as we live.

  17. I was so sad to hear of Gabs passing. I have many fond memories of our association at TRW. Maria, you and the family will be in my prayers.

  18. To the family. On Behalf of the Financial Management Community at SMC, Gab will be greatly missed. Not only was he our partner, he was our friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Smile down on us old friend.

  19. Gabe, You will be deeply missed, my friend. You brought so much sunshine and joy to our lives here at Los Angeles Air Force Base. We could always count on seeing your smile and hearing your infectious laugh! It was a great pleasure knowing you and sharing this space with you. My deepest condolences to your family as they struggle through this period without you. Rest well, my friend. You have fought the good fight and you deserve your rest. Always, bob. Bob Betz

  20. Gabe was so helpful to all of the ATA trainers (Kelly Hicks, Jan Michaelson, Edie Cole, and myself), when we had to design training classes. What a knowledgeable and helpful man. I will miss his smiling face.

  21. My name is Amy Montano-Lopez, one of Alfredo\’s co-workers at the Los Angeles Air Force Base. I am no longer at the Air Force Base, but I would like to share that Alfredo Gabriel will always be someone who\’s advice, supporting words, and disposition towards life left a long lasting impression on me. He was a supportive figure to me, as I was learning to maneuver through the business world. When work became challenging, I could always go to Alfredo and he always had words of wisdom to share. He never criticized, but rather helped me to see the problem more clearly. I remember many things about Alfredo, I remember his cheerful smile in the morning, his hospitality to always share his “special brew” of coffee, his enthusiasm for adventure, his soft spoken words of encouragement that were teamed with words of strength and courage. I remember stories about his family, his kids, his grandchildren and especially his wife. He was very PROUD of his family, and always had pictures of his family posted in his office. As we journey through life, we meet many people, and sometimes we run into someone who in their simple ways serves as a compass to guide us through. Thank you Alfredo Gabriel. Sincerely, Amy

  22. Our deepest condolences to the entire family on the loss of Gabe. The Howe v. Yonis Family, Fritz, Basha, Shifra and Naomi

  23. To Gabe\’s family and friends, There are times in our lives when we encounter special people who touch our soul by the kindness and gentleness of their spirit. I met Gabe in 1999 when I moved from Northern Virginia to Torrance and assumed the management of my company\’s contract at the Los Angeles Air Force Base. I was starting a new job in a new land with no family or friends and felt very lonely and disconnected. On my 3rd day at work I met Gabe and he instantly made me fell welcome, comfortable and appreciated. It\’s difficult being the new boss on the job and he sensed that immediately and extended a hand of friendship and understanding. Over the past two years I have enjoyed my encounters with Gabe and I shall miss him. I\’ve always thought that the little things that we do and say measure the content of a person\’s character. By that standard and from my personal experiences with him, I believe that Gabe was a gentleman of quality and model to be emulated. We are better for having known him and I will keep Gabe and his family and friends in my prayers. As Gabe joins the hosts of the faithful departed, may God grant him eternal rest and peace and give comfort to those that are left behind. Joe Hughes Logicon, Inc.

  24. Gab made a life long dream come true when he taught me how to kayak. The picture of Gab that\’s ingrained in my mind is him carving a turn – his kayak on its edge, leaning way out over the water doing a low brace (oh how he loved to brace!) with a huge smile on his face. Gab made it seem so effortless and easy – I quickly learned just how much grace and talent he had when I tried it! Gab\’s kayaking skills mirrored his life, making it look so easy – I always felt calmer and happier around him. He taught me a lot more than how to kayak, his love of life and people is a great inspiration. Gab brought a lot of happiness here on earth, now it\’s heavens turn. Maria, our thoughts are with you and your family. Ray & Traci

  25. I miss Gabe\’s stories about being a QA at TRW. He taught me much professionally. Hopefully, he\’ll keep the folks upstairs honest. I can just see him bellowing now: “Never mix flight parts with non-flight parts! These angel wings are defective. Send them back!”

  26. Dear Alfredo: You were always a joy to be around. I thank God our paths cross and I know I\’ll see you again someday. Rest in peace in the Lords arms…you were a warrior. My deepest sympathies to the Gabriel Family and may God Bless you ALL, now and always. Maria if you need me for anything at all PLEASE don\’t hesitate to call. Lots of Love and Prayers The Harmon Family

  27. Gabriel was a special man. He made everyone feel very comfortable to talk to him about anything. He was very proud of his family specially his children and wife. He was my mentor at work for about 15 years. Gabriel always encourage me to do my best. We will all miss Gabriel; He will be in our hearts for ever. I know that now his resting in peace and is an angel watching over us.

  28. Many years ago, I interviewed Alfredo for a position in Configuration Management. Ten minutes into the interview, I knew he was the man for the job. For the rest of the hour that was set for interview, we killed time by speaking just about anything! Since that day, Alfredo and I were very close, at a personal and professional level. Alfredo will always be remembered as an individual whose integrity was impeccable, his humble advise and generosity to help others was extremely rare (in today\’s society), and his attitude towards life and others was always in a positive way. Alfredo was one of the few individuals I\’ve ever come across that was a rock under pressure, and always maintained situations under control. His mere presence dictated leadership. He was, above all, a people\’s person – the best ice-breaker I\’ve ever met! Alfredo will be dearly missed at work… by many… He touched every one of our lives in various ways, under different circumstances and situations, but what will be common for all of us is the remembrance of an individual that was kind, gentle and wise. It was a pleasure and an honor to have shared the last working years of Alfredo\’s life as a boss and a friend.

  29. Thank you, Gabe, for the many pleasant hours of conversation and for the invaluable wisdom about life that you passed my way. Relax now and rest. The love of your friends and family will soothe you on this journey. I\’ll see you on the by and by. Lois

  30. My sincere condolences to the family and friends, we\’ll miss you here at Los Angeles Air Force Base Comm Squadron. Rest in peace my good Friend. Larry

  31. I worked with Gabe at TRW for many years. I loved the stories of his life that he shared with me. It was always a pleasure to talk with him. He helped me and my wife deal with life from the knowledge he most lovingly shared. Gabe and I were re-aquainted when he began working at the Los Angeles AFB. Gabe taught me many things that I will always cherish. My wife, Donna M. Washington, and I will miss him dearly. Our sympathies go to the Gabriel family. God bless all of you and take care. Lots of LOVE. Michael & Donna Washington

  32. I will always rember when we started at Huges together and all the long talks we had about our beliefs and the frendship that was established between us. My deepest Sympathy to all of his family. May God comfort all of you at this time. I will never forget Gabe.

  33. Gabe helped me to learn how to ski many years ago. Where the paid instructors failed, he took the time and patience to assist me in learning how to master the slopes. We became great friends during that time, and he will be missed. My condolences to Maria and the rest of his family.

  34. To Gabe\’s family & friends, May God bless you and give you strength and patience at this time and always. May you rest in peace Gabe. We\’ll miss you. Masoud

  35. Our Deepest sympanties and condolences for you loss. Gabe was a wonderful and caring person. He will be missed. Jim

  36. My deepest sympathies… I have so many fond memories of Gabe both at work and outside of work. I will always remember how he always took time to teach me volleyball and to kayak. Gabe also told the best stories. I will miss that. God Bless.

  37. Gosh, it\’s hard to say thanks when it\’s too late. Gabe always brought a smile to my face… more like a grandfather than a friend. Always ready to lend an ear and share experiences, insight, tips… Thanks for everything. You\’ll be missed. 🙁 Take care, Evan

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