Gabrial Ralph Garlington
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Great Falls —It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Gabrial Garlington, 36, a loving father, son, brother, friend and all around good man. Gabe, "the show", as his close friends knew him passed away on August 29th, 2013 after having seizures suspected to be related to diabetes.
A celebration of Gabe's life is planned for Saturday, September 7th, at 6:00pm at Elks Riverside Park. Schnider Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Gabe was born on December, 2, 1976 to a mother that adored him. Gabe spent most of his childhood mastering the building of Legos, teasing, loving, teaching and enriching his siblings' (and their friends') childhood, developing his love of comics, superheroes and sports. Gabe was a sweet, sensitive and loving soul, our mother's favorite story about Gabe's nature was one when he was being hit during preschool and she asked him what he did about it and he answered, "I cried". This was his nature. It was what made him such a great son, friend, brother, uncle and most importantly a great father.
Gabe went to Roosevelt elementary, Paris Gibson Middle School, and Great Falls High. He graduated in 1995 and had already had several years of work under his belt working at Wendy's of Montana. The running family joke was that Gabe had worked there so long that he had stock in the company, or he was Dave's illegitimate love child and Wendy's long lost brother. In 2009 Gabe made the switch to Sonic, as a manager. And within this past year, he returned to his home base of Wendy's. Many people have told us that they enjoyed seeing his smiling face as they came through each of his workplaces. His smile was contagious, his laughter infectious and his playful nature were things he brought with him everywhere he went.
On March 21, 2002 Gabe became a father for the first time to Jordan (11) and this new role defined his life. If Gabe was meant to do anything, it was to be a loving father. In 2006 Gabe welcomed his second daughter, Jasmine (7). Two years later he welcomed a son, Jamal (5). His children were his everything. He loved cuddling, kissing and watching them grow into their personalities.
Gabe leaves behind a large loving family which includes; his three beautiful children, Jordan, Jasmine and Jamal, his Grandmother, Loyce Howard(Sebastian), his mother, Debbie Wilmore, His siblings: Karl (Linda) Wilmore, Tanya Garlington, Angela Hansen, Cory Wilmore (Jessica Fox), Casey Wilmore. His nieces and and nephews: Josh, Travis and Tana Wilmore, Toddera Garlington, Marcus Hansen, Sarah (Colter) Cummings, AnneMarie Kohlman, Richard Kohlman and Robbie Kohlman and one great nephew Braxtyn Kohlman. Gabe is also survived by numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, close friends and extended relatives.
Gabe was extraordinary at the things that matter in life. He loved the people that mattered most to him and treated them accordingly. Gabe is love. As Mahatma Ghandi once said, " where there is love there is life". Gabe lives on through our love. So, today and everyday hug the people you love, practice being patient, take care of yourself and love like it is your job. Let Gabe's life be an example of a life well loved.
In lieu of sending flowers, the family would like people to donate to an account set up for Gabe's children at Montana Federal Credit Union.
Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.schniderfuneralhome.com. Schnider Funeral Home
Schnider Funeral Home
1510 13th Street South Great Falls, MT 59405-4501
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Sept. 4, 2013