Popular Gabriel left a lasting legacy
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.