Bradley Allan Gabriel, 35, of New Cumberland, PA, passed away on Monday, June 6, 2022, at UPMC West Shore Hospital, Mechanicsburg, PA. Brad had been battling a rare form of kidney cancer (HLRCC) for the last six years. He is finally in no more pain.
Born on June 25, 1986, in Gillette, Wyoming, he is the son of James Gabriel and Marie (Swanson) Gabriel.
Brad was a graduate of Green Bay West High School in Wisconsin. He went on to complete his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. Brad followed his dreams of being an entrepreneur and Co-founded a local food truck known as The Lucky Penny Burger Co. From the start of the business, they donated all tips to The Driven to Cure Foundation which raises money for research for rare kidney cancers like HLRCC. Brad was a hard-core football fan. He loved watching his Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers, basically anything and everything football brought him the most joy. Brad was a proud owner of his dream car, an orange Chevy Camaro. He loved fishing trips with his dad and brothers at his favorite place, Fort Peck in Montana. He played the piano and when visiting his childhood home in Wisconsin, there would be no doubt that he would be practicing “My Heart will go on” by Celine Dion. Not every note was perfect, but he was determined to get it right. Brad was a loyal friend and had an upbeat personality. His bright blue-eyed smile and laugh brought joy to so many. He loved to dance and sing. He would be the first and last person on the dance floor at any celebration. He always thought about others before himself, even comforting family, and friends when he returned from the hospital in January and doctors had confirmed that his cancer was spreading rapidly. He was told he had only days/weeks to live and still put his fears aside to comfort others. He was the biggest cheerleader for everyone, always believing in other’s dreams and goals. He was an unconditionally supportive husband and a fun and creative dad. He was determined to beat the odds from day one and fought hard until the end.
Brad is survived by his loving wife, Kimberley (Harmon) Gabriel, of New Cumberland, PA, a daughter, Cora L. Gabriel, his father, James Gabriel and wife Cheri Burkhardt, of Gillette, WY, his mother, Marie (Swanson) Gabriel, of Green Bay, WI, two brothers, Brian Gabriel and wife Tracy, of Gillette, WY, and Brandon Gabriel and girlfriend Monica Platten, of Hawaii, a sister, Rebecca Gabriel and boyfriend Paul Romsos, of Green Bay, WI, a half-brother, TJ Burkhardt and wife Tanya, of Wyoming, a half-sister, Brandi Lykes and husband Charlie, of California, two brothers-in-law, Larry Harmon and girlfriend Sandra Mitchell, of Norco, CA, and Johnny Harmon and Amanda Mohammed, of York, PA, a sister-in-law, Jennifer Elias and husband Jose, of Temecula, CA, and his loyal dog Kahlúa, a chocolate lab.
Brad was preceded in death by his dog Moose, a border collie-lab mix.
A celebration of Brad’s life will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Daybreak Church, 321 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, with Rev. Matthew Boyer officiating. Family will also be greeting friends immediately following the celebration of life service in the church. Myers-Baker Funeral & Cremation Services, Camp Hill, PA, has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, please consider assisting Brad’s wife Kimberley and their young daughter Cora, by donating to their go fund me page at https://gofund.me/ba4f97df
. Memorial contributions may also be made, in honor of Brad, to Driven To Cure, Inc. 8601 Georgia Ave, Suite 200, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, https://www.driventocure.org/donate-pg