BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Paul J. Gabriel Jr., age 91, of Bridgeport,died Tuesday, July 21, at St. Joseph's Manor in Trumbull.
Gabriel, a retired produce manager for A&P Market, was born in Bridgeport on May 18, 1924, to Paul J. Gabriel Sr. and Rose DeRosa Gabriel. He was a lifelong area resident.
He served his country during World War II, earning five major battle stars and was involved in the Invasion of Normandy (Omaha Beach) on June 6, 1944. He also served in England, France, Germany and Belgium as a driver for press correspondent Ernie Pyle during the Battle of the Bulge.
He appeared on the Nov. 24, 1944, cover of Life magazine. He was also proud of meeting and shaking hands with Gen. Dwight Eisenhower while stationed with the Army in Belgium.
Survivors include a daughter, Rosemary Gabriel Sierer of Trumbull; two grandchildren, Christopher A. Sierer and his wife, Christie, and Pamela Digirolamo and her husband, Robert; and five great-grandchildren, Ashley, Anthony, Brittney, Lindsey and Stephanie.
He was predeceased by his wife of 68 years Muriel T. De Silvestro Gabriel, his son, Paul J. Gabriel, and brothers, Victor and Joseph.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 11 a.m. at St Theresa's Church, 5301 Main St., Trumbull. Entombment with full military honors will take place in St. Michael's Cemetery Garden Mausoleum Stratford.
The Adzima Funeral Home 50 Paradise Green Place Stratford has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
Make an online condolence at www.adzimafuneralhome.com .
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