Francis K. "Frank" "Buddy" Gabriel

  • Born: October 2, 1927
  • Died: July 21, 2018
  • Location: Springfield, Pennsylvania

D'Anjolell Memorial Home of Broomall

2811 West Chester Pike
Broomall, PA 19008
Tel. (610) 356-4200

Tribute & Message From The Family

Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather


Frank K. Gabriel of Springfield, passed away in his home surrounded by loved ones at the age of 90 on Saturday July 21st, 2018. He started his career as a mechanical engineer at Westinghouse after graduating from Drexel University in 1952.

Gabriel was manager of Development Center Operations and Engine Instrumentation in the Engineering Department of Combustion Turbine Generators for the Westinghouse Electric Corporation located in Concordville. He was a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, where he served as chairman of the Philadelphia Section. He was also a member of the Instrument Society of America, Society of Experimental Stress Analysis, and the Vibration Institute.

Gabriel has written several papers on thermal stress analysis and specialized techniques in the measurement of surface temperatures, high temperature gas environments, high temperature stress, strain, and vibration. He has several U.S. Patents and Disclosures in the area of turbine cooling and supervisory instrumentation.

He is a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of Serra Club International and the Men of Malvern for 50 years. He was a world traveler to Saudi Arabia and Venezuela for business, and traveled extensively throughout Europe for pleasure.
Gabriel received his M.M.E degree in 1963 from Villanova University. He and his wife Sarah A. (nee Caravelli) were married for 63 years and had two children, Kenneth R. (Regina) and Carolyn F. (Michael) D'Orazio 5 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren with two more on the way this fall. Also his brother Raymond (the late Mary) and predeceased by his sister Gloria DiMedio (Joseph).

Relatives & Friends are invited to his viewing Thursday Evening 6-8 PM and Friday Morning 9:00-10:15 AM at The D'Anjolell Memorial Home 2811West Chester Pike, Broomall, PA 19008. Funeral Mass 11:00 AM Holy Cross Church. Interment S.S. Peter & Paul Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Frank's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Our condolences to the family on behalf of the ASME Philadelphia Section. Rest in peace Mr Gabriel.

Posted by N Menezes , Chair ASME PHL - MEDIA, PA - Acquaintance   August 03, 2018

I love you Uncle Bud. You were always my Godfather, teaching me, protecting me, and loving me my whole life. I will miss you. Love, Ronnie

Posted by ronald price - greenwood, DE - family   July 26, 2018

My condolences to the family of a great man and neighbor that I always looked up to. Rest in peace Mr. Gabriel

Posted by Stacey Zimmerman - Orlando, FL   July 25, 2018


Kenny to you and your family I am sending my deepest sympathy and sincere condolences! You and Gina will be in my prayers and thoughts. May God comfort you all in your loss!

Posted by Barbara Sterry - Sicklerville, NJ - Family   July 24, 2018

My sincere condolences to family and friends. May the God who binds up the brokenhearted and comforts all who mourn, sustain your family during this difficult time - Isaiah 61:1, 2.

Posted by Priscilla Lynch - Philadelphia, PA   July 24, 2018

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