John S. “Jack” Rabel Sr, 79, of Daytona Beach, Florida, passed away on November 2, 2020. Jack was born on April 11, 1941 in Bridgeport, CT to John and Alice Rabel.
Jack is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathleen “Kathie”, his sister Judith “Judy” Cappello; 3 children, John Rabel, Jr. “Jack” (Tara), Diana Frederick (John), William Rabel “Bill” and 5 grandchildren (Ashleigh Rabel, Brandon Rabel, Samantha Frederick, Sabrina Frederick, and Matthew Rabel). He is predeceased by his parents, brother Jerry, and daughter Christine Rabel.
Jack graduated from East Patterson High School in New Jersey, where he was extremely active in and found his love for sports. After high school, Jack joined the Marine Corps. He served honorably and spent most of his service time as a Lance Corporal in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during the Cuban missile crisis.
Jack and Kathie raised their children in South Florida where he worked at the Water Treatment Plant. In his spare time, he loved to work out at Gold’s Gym, drive around in his jeep with the top off and spend time with his family. He enjoyed watching sports on TV and his family would make fun of him for forgetting or mispronouncing the players’ names. Jack was known for his quick wit and sarcasm. He was a man of few words, but his word was his bond. He believed in working hard and not taking shortcuts in life. His motto was “If you can’t take it, don’t dish it out.” He had a limited circle but was a true friend. He will be missed by all that knew him.