John was born on December 25, 1947 to Virginia and Thoralf Gabrielsen. He grew up in Woodmere, NY and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1965. He went into the Navy shortly after that and proudly served our country overseas. His patriotism continued for the rest of his life and he was proud of being a Vietnam Veteran. He worked for decades in Air Freight for a few different companies at JFK airport. His passions in life included muscle cars and motorcycles. John’s love and knowledge of rock and oldies music spanned many decades. He enjoyed going to the beach, swimming, and reading. He was kind, genuine, independent, and fun to be around. To know him was to love him. His stories and jokes could always brighten your day. He has touched the lives of countless people throughout his life.
John passed away on January 15, 2021. He is survived by his two daughters Suzanne Aruti (Brett), Christine Gabrielsen, and his wife Linda Love. He leaves behind his other children- Ali Bittenbender (Hugh), Mary Johnson, and Christopher Love (Janet). He was a loving Papa to many grandchildren- Gabrielle, Maya, Emma, Morgan, Hugh, Jesse, Sofia, and Ava. He was a devoted brother to his sister, the late Sonya Birkeland. He also leaves behind an extended family in Norway.
He will live on in the hearts of everyone who knew and loved him. We know his mind and body are free from pain and his beautiful light will shine down on us. He will be missed forever.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to the Vietnam Veterans of America or NAMI- The National Alliance on Mental Illness. Any other monetary donations will be used for a Memorial later this year to celebrate his life through our Go Fund Me page (Celebrating the Life of John Gabrielsen).