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Horseman Robert Gabettie dies at 81

September 04, 2019

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Horseman Robert A. Gabettie, 81, a lifelong Dumont, N.J., resident, died peacefully at his home on Sept. 1, surrounded by his family.
He was a trainer for many years at The Meadowlands, Freehold and Monticello. He loved the sport of horse racing, and was a great trainer and loved handicapping.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Barbara May (née Danisch). He was the loving father of Michael, Todd (Cheryl) and Robin (Robert); cherished grandfather of Hailey, Michael, Jonathan, Bailey, Brandt, Vincent, and Lyla; and is also survived by two loving sisters-in law and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was born in Dumont to Lena (née Iannore) and Harry Gabettie.

He was an avid New York Yankees fan, and a loving husband, father, “Poppy” and friend, never missed his children’s or grandchildren’s games or events.

Funeral service will be Friday (Sept. 6) at 10 a.m. at the Frech-McKnight Funeral Home, 161 Washington Ave., Dumont; www.frechmcknight.com. Interment at St. Joseph Cemetery, Hackensack. Visiting at the funeral home will be Thursday (Sept. 5) from 5-9 p.m.

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