Robert Michael Gabriel, Jr., age 65, of Boca Raton, FL, formerly of Charlotte and Chapel Hill, NC, passed away early Friday morning, June 28 at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton. He was born on August 2, 1947 in Durham, NC to Robert Michael Gabriel and Mary Bobbie McBroom Gabriel. He was preceded in death by both his parents. He is survived by his daughter, Katherine Charlotte “Casey” Gabriel, of Durham and his brother, Gerald “Jerry” Anthony Gabriel of Clayton, NC, and his life partner, Frances “Fran” Darr Parker, of Boca Raton.
Mike was raised in Goldsboro, NC, where he graduated from Goldsboro High School in 1965. He received his Batchelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1969 and his Master of Business Administration from East Carolina University in 1972. He served in the United States Army National Guard. He established Carolina Carpet and Flooring, Inc. in Chapel Hill / Carrboro, NC, later renamed Gabriel, Menefee and Associates. In 1995, the business relocated to Charlotte and Raleigh, NC. He retired in 2012 to Boca Raton where he enjoyed remodeling his condominium, spending time with family, and playing golf. Mike wrote, “Thank you my loves.”
Memorials may be made in Mike’s memory to Hospice by the Sea, 1531 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.