William M. Gaba Middle Grove - William M. Gaba 75 of Middle Grove, passed away suddenly on Monday, November 5, 2012. Born in New York, New York, September 22, 1937. He was the son of the late John and Milly Gaba. Bill worked at Cottrell Paper Company in Rock City Falls, NY from November 12, 1956 until August 14, 1965 and also owned and operated his own business Gaba's Towing and Auto Parts full-time from 1959 until present. Bill was an icon in his community. His generosity and willingness to help others went above and beyond and his dedication was felt by all. He was an avid Nascar and Local Stock Car racing fan, sponsoring many of the local drivers. He provided towing service to many of the local race tracks, including Albany-Saratoga, Fonda, Utica-Rome and Devils Bowl in Vermont. Over the years, Bill donated many cars to the local fire departments for their training purposes. He enjoyed classic cars and you could always look for his classic car in the annual Memorial Day Parade in Rock City Falls. Bill was predeceased by his brothers John and Joseph and his Aunt Mary Belstak. Bill is survived by his wife Sara Garrison Gaba, his children James Gaba (Debra) of Greenfield, and Lori Gaba of West Sand Lake, his grandson Andrew W. Blair, Jimmy's two stepchildren Benjamin and Danielle. His cats Punkin and Callie, several nieces and nephews, and many friends. Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, November 9 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Rock City Falls Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 4-8pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to your local fire department. The family would like to thank the Saratoga Springs Fire Department, Matt's Towing Service, Saratoga Hospital Staff and all of Bill's friends for their care and compassion. Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Saratogian on Nov. 7, 2012