Willis Peter Gabriel
A native of Fort Fairfield, Maine and 88 year resident of San Bernardino, passed away Sunday April 14, 2013 at the age of 93. A graduate of San Bernardino Valley College, Willis interrupted college to enlist in the Navy after Pearl Harbor. He skipped boot camp and was immediately made an officer. He served throughout World War II
and was last stationed in Manila. Willis owned many retail stores, ice plants, and real estate. He was a partner in seven Gabriel Bros. Clothing Stores. He was also a founder of Gabriel Brothers Department Store on 4th and E Street in San Bernardino. He served on many civic boards and organizations and retired in 1985.
Willis was predeceased by his loving spouse Jacklyn Saliba Gabriel in 2003. He is survived by two sons, Kent Willis Gabriel, M.D. (and Karen Mills) of Carson City Nevada and Jay M. Gabriel (and Karen LaCaze) of Manhattan Beach. Willis has four grandchildren Grant, Ariana, Jacqueline and Jason. The family wishes to thank his caring and devoted friend and caregiver James Bell. Visitation will be held April 25, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Bobbitt Memorial Chapel, 1299 E. Highland Avenue, followed by a Rosary at 7:00 pm at the same location. A Catholic Mass will be held Friday, April 26 at 11:00 am at Out Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, 2525 N. Arrowhead. Internment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests you honor Willis by contributing to a college scholarship fund for James Bell. If you would like to donate, please send checks made to Karen Gabriel and in the memo line please put Scholarship Fund. Checks can be sent to Karen at 2601 Airport Drive, Suite 300, Torrance, CA 90505. To leave a condolences on Will's memorial page, please visit www.bobbittchapel.com