Pop­u­lar Gabriel left a last­ing legacy

Obituary

Bray People - - News -

THE LATE Gabriel Cran­ley ‘ did it his way’, ac­cord­ing to his heart­bro­ken wife Cather­ine who is griev­ing with their chil­dren Adam and Melissa af­ter the lo­cal mu­si­cian lost his long bat­tle with can­cer on Sun­day.

Gabriel, who was just 52 and from El­gin Heights, left a last­ing legacy in the form of an al­bum he launched last year which has to date raised €6,000 for Bray Can­cer Sup­port.

He recorded the se­lec­tion of his favourite songs while suf­fer­ing enor­mous pain be­cause of a tu­mour in his throat. ‘We got there in the end,’ he said on com­ple­tion of the project.

Gabriel and Cather­ine were mar­ried for 33 years and he was a mu­si­cian even be­fore he met his wife. ‘He was a Bray man born and bred, through and through,’ said Cather­ine, adding that she, Adam and Melissa are ‘numb,’ at their sad loss.

‘He is in a bet­ter place now,’ said Cather­ine. Both she and Veron­ica O’Leary of Bray Can­cer Sup­port agreed that Gabriel had a great sense of hu­mour. Veron­ica said that on a re­cent trip to Gal­way with the cen­tre, he took out the gui­tar and had every­one singing to­gether in the foyer of the ho­tel.

‘He would have a ses­sion no mat­ter where he went,’ re­called Cather­ine. ‘And he would make us laugh so much the tears would be rolling down our faces. He was al­ways jok­ing and laugh­ing.’

She re­marked that Gabriel, who had worked in construction un­til he could work no more, was brave and tough, fight­ing his ill­ness right to the very end.

Gay be­gan play­ing mu­sic with The Bray Pipe Band when he was just 10 years old. He later got a gui­tar for his con­fir­ma­tion and never looked back, hav­ing played all over Bray, Ire­land and Cyprus.

All through his treat­ment he had looked for­ward to some­day go­ing back to gig­ging reg­u­larly but sadly it was not to be.

His CD of 12 songs from Rock’n’Roll to bal­lads is still avail­able in mu­sic­mail.ie, Hol­lands, The Ard­more, The Olde Bray, Gold­smiths, Boomerang and the Bray Can­cer Sup­port Cen­tre for any­one who wants to re­mem­ber fondly a great man and help Bray Can­cer Sup­port.

Gabriel told the Bray Peo­ple last year that the al­bum is ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of all his re­la­tions and friends who have been touched by can­cer.

His fu­neral Mass will take place in St. Fer­gal’s this morn­ing at 9.30 a.m. be­fore Gabriel is brought to his fi­nal rest­ing place at Spring­field Ceme­tery.

The late Gabriel Cran­ley.

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