I was one of Gabe’s teachers in high school. I loved Gabe’s sense of humor and sincere compassion to help the less fortunate. At first, I thought it was a clever ploy to gain attention from girls, but as I got to know Gabe, his genuine concern remained. I met up with Gabe a couple times in Denver. The first time, he and I were both ecstatic to share some shrimp cocktail and I still smile by his effort to “casually” do a walk-by of John Tesh’s table only to discover that was in a private room. “I love John Tesh” Gabe kept saying seemingly sarcastically, but still wanting to meet him. The last time I saw him, we hung out at DU and he took me to one of his favorite Mexican restaurants - good call on Gabe’s part. He is missed.
As a first year AM student at University of Chicago, I am also an intern at the Intensive Day Program at the Ark and a former classmate of Gabe’s. I am so touched that this foundation chose the IDP program to grant. I truly believe that it honors Gabe’s spirit. I’m saddened that Gabe is not with us today. Thank you, Suzanne.
I thought of Gabe this morning. I was reflecting upon students how have come to my office over the years, and sought out advice and support. Gabe was one who spent a good deal of time in my office. He was open and warm, kind and inquisitive. He was aware of his defects, and wanted so much to become a good social worker. This type of awareness is so rare in ungrads (I was his advisor and group work professor at Colorado State University). The years pass, but the goodness of the man remains.
I never had a chance to get to know Gabe all that well, but I will never forget his kindness. I truly enjoyed the few times I hung out with Gabe and the way he always treated me as if I was a old friend. I was very saddened to learn of his death, but will always remember the way he was able to make anyone smile just by being himself.
I had the pleasure of knowing Gabe in high school, and can back up the claims from his Legacy anecdotes that he was a compassionate and caring individual who was willing to do anything for anyone, regardless of their social status. Gabe had a unique laugh and demeanor which could only be described as Jolly (see the Santa photo), which I will never forget. He was one of my lunchtime buddies, and the half hour or so I spent with him almost every day during my Senior year of high school will give me fond memories for the rest of my life.
I supervised Gabe for a short while here in Fort Collins and was friends with him outside of work after that. We worked together in a group home for individuals with developmental disabilities and it was always wonderful to work with him. He brought light to tense situations, never overreacted, always found the strength in others. I am a MSW student at CSU and his name came up today in a conversation with another friend of ours. Thank you for this foundation and the lasting lesson of giving to others that it invokes. Thank you for the pictures and the memories of joy that they brought back!
been thinking about Gabe a lot recently…very grateful for the time i was able to spend getting to know him. he has constantly been an inspiration and motivation for me in the social work field. i can’t help but have him in mind when i’m out in the field working with others…he is dearly missed but remains close in many of our hearts.
I thought about Gabe the other day. I talked to him many times when I went to school at the University of Denver. I thought he had such a quiet peace in him, that reverberated when you were with him. He was so easy to talk to and be around, I knew he would be a perfect social worker. I truly missed him the day we graduated. But, the thing is, Gabe’s heart graduated way before he could finish at U of Denver. He was wise beyond his years, it was easy to see. His legacy will always live on.
Gabe always made me feel comfortable. His presence was so warm, kind and welcoming. He will be dearly missed yet the lessons of love he taught us will be carried on in our hearts.
He was so non-judgmental and never said anything negative about anyone. His wit (that kept us all going some days) was never spiked with meanness. His pure heart was an inspiration. I am changed and better because I was blessed to know Gabe.