Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Graceful Legacy

I wanted to say a few words about Gabe Fitzgerald, who unfortunately passed away last Thursday after a courageous battle with cancer. I didn't know Gabe very well, but we worked together a little while she worked as a production manager at Avenue and at HBS. She was very straightforward, extremely proud and some would say a little gruff on the exterior. ;) As we all know, gruff exteriors always protect a soft, vulnerable and compassionate inside, as in Gabe's case. I knew Gabe's soft side mostly through stories from her best friend Tanya Buckley who I know will miss her dearly to say least.

When someone gets seriously ill and unfortunately passes, we often get to see the truest and exposed side to that person. I visited Gabe in the hospital a month or so ago and I got to see her soft and philosophical side. As she sat on her bed with the newspaper opened up from reading, we talked about her illness and her journey as she called it. She didn't complain, she didn't look for sympathy, she just talked about how lucky she was to have such awesome friends and how wonderful it had been to spend that weekend with her brother.

It was Gabe's wishes to not have a service, or an obituary or for anyone to make a fuss when she passed - it just wasn't her style. I had learned this through the electronic grapevine through my friend Anthony, as well that Gabe had grappled with what her legacy would be. Being on the peripheral of such a wonderful and supportive group of Gabe's close friends, I would offer that her legacy would be just that - a graceful, kind and feisty woman who selflessly brought a diverse group of people together to be friends. What could be a more wonderful and lasting legacy than that?

© Dwayne Brown


  1. Nicely said, Dwayne. Thanks for that.

    Jake Volt

  2. Thank you Dwayne. I couldn't have said it any better. You got her.

    Lissa Constantine

  3. You have a beautiful way with words Dwayne. Having only known Gabe
    briefly, you have captured the true essence on this wonderful woman.
    She will always be in my memories. Thank you,

    Joyce Buckley