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Clifford J. Gabriel

December 17, 1939August 24, 2019
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Clifford J. Gabriel, age 79, of Kirtland, where he and his wife of 57 years Marilyn began a beautiful life, passed away suddenly at home on August 24th, 2019.

He was born on December 17, 1939 in Cleveland, OH, to the late Joseph and Bertha Gabriel. Clifford graduated from Collinwood High School in 1958 and joined the Army soon after, where he served as a private first class stationed in Germany. After his service, Clifford returned home and met the love of his life, Marilyn Halick, who he married in 1962 and soon after had two beautiful children.

He was a founding member of Divine Word Catholic Church in Kirtland, OH, where he and his wife were involved in numerous activities, including Pre-Cana, Choir, Baptismal class, Lecturer and Lay minister. Clifford was also a councilman and councilman-at-large in Kirtland. He worked for White Motors for 30 years, then bought his father’s transmission shop business and ran it for 48 years.

Clifford loved polka dancing, square dancing, golfing, skiing, his Harley and his boat. He became Commodore of The Mentor Lagoons Yacht Club in 2005 and loved to travel. Clifford stayed up to date on all topics, loved telling jokes and was our “go to guy”. He was a blood donor to the Red Cross for many years and loved life, his family and his friends.

Clifford is survived by his wife Marilyn (Halick); daughter Cindy (Dan) Clair; son Jay (Connie); grandchildren Cayla, Courtney, Miranda and Jeremy (Cassandra); great grandson Jeremy; and his brother Joseph Frank Gabriel.

Friends may call at Divine Word Catholic Church, 8100 Eagle Road, Kirtland, OH 44094 from 4-8pm on Friday August 30th, 2019 and 10-11am on Saturday August 31st, 2019, where Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am. Interment Kirtland South Cemetery.


  • Joseph Frank Gabriel, Father
  • Bertha (nee Tekavec) Gabriel, Mother
  • Marilyn (nee Halick) Gabriel, Wife
  • Cindy (Dan) Clair, Daughter
  • Jay (Connie) Gabriel, Son
  • Cayla ., Granddaughter
  • Courtney ., Granddaughter
  • Miranda ., Granddaughter
  • Jeremy (Cassandra) ., Grandson
  • Jeremy ., Great Grandson
  • Joseph Frank Gabriel, Brother


  • Visitation Friday, August 30, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, August 31, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, August 31, 2019


Clifford J. Gabriel

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Fritz Hemrich

August 31, 2019

Cliff and I go back to high school days at Collinwood high school. We were in the graduating class back in 1958. Cliff was also active with our class reunion committee for many years. Great guy to be around, too.
I was very sorry to here from his cousin Bill that he had passed. My deepest condolences to the family.
Attached is a photo from Memorial Day 2005 at the USS Cod Submarine here in Cleveland They were part of their Yacht Clubs delegation for the day's services. I'd see them there on many such occasions.
RIP Cliff - we have the watch.

Colleen Thomas

August 30, 2019

You are in Mike’s and my prayers. You welcomed us into the yacht club and were always there to lend a hand.
May God Bless you. May Cliff Rest In Peace

Mike and Colleen Thomas

Rich and Robin Gaeta

August 30, 2019

Marilyn, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We loved seeing you guys at the Mentor Lagoons events and listening to what activities or travels you and Cliff were doing. I loved the Christmas letter each year included in your Christmas card. We will truly miss Cliff, his smile, laughter and good will. God bless.

Mike and Lynn Waters

August 28, 2019

Dearest Marilyn and family,
We are so very sorry to hear of Cliff’s passing! You both welcomed us into the yacht club family years ago and I’m so glad we have those memories.
Much love and many prayers to you during this sad and difficult time.

Larry Lannan

August 28, 2019

Marilyn - Kelly and I were shocked to hear about Cliff, our prayers are with you and your family during this trying time. We have so many fond memories sitting with you and Cliff around the club and on the boats. We love our happy memories of the cruises and all the fun over the 16 years we have known you. Our hearts go out to you and your dear family.

Warm and the most sincere condolences to you and your family.

Laura Corrigan

August 28, 2019

We have many fond memories of Cliff through choir at Divine Word as well as skiing trips Tom took with Cliff. Cliff was a wonderful person. God bless Marilyn and the family as they travel through this sad time. Laura & Tom Corrigan

Linda Hayden-Lemin

August 28, 2019

Marilyn -my best thoughts are with you. So many happy memories of our shared cruises and all the fun, laughter and practical jokes in over twenty years of friendship. And the times we supported each other as well. My heart goes out to you. Sincere condolences to you and your family.

Peter Anselmi

August 28, 2019

Marilyn and Family
Cliff's service to Lord, his family, his country, his community including the Mentor Lagoons Yacht Club has been truly noteworthy. He was a great man and will be missed.......Fair winds and following seas Commodore Cliff........

Peter Anselmi
53rd Commodore
Mentor Lagoons Yacht Club

christopher genovese

August 28, 2019

My deepest condolences to the family on their loss, thoughts and prayers to all of the family and friends...

Cheryl Barnes

August 28, 2019

I am so sorry Marilyn and family for the loss of Cliff. I truly enjoyed getting to know Cliff through the Mentor Lagoons Yacht Club. Cliff always had a smile on his face and was an amazing man. Cliff will be missed by all who knew him.

Marilyn please take comfort in knowing Cliff is now in God's hands and will be smiling down on us all from heaven.

I pray that God will comfort and guide you through this difficult time. Marilyn and family, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and if there is anything I can do please reach out to me.