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Geoff A. Gaebe
MAPLEVILLE-- Geoff A. Gaebe, 60, of Addieville East Farm in Mapleville, R.I. died at home Sunday, December 26, 2010 surrounded by family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was the loving husband of Paula (McCauley) Gaebe and adoring farther of Sara L. Gaebe. He was the son of Morris J. Gaebe and the late Audrey K. Gaebe.
Geoff grew up in Barrington, R.I. and was one of four scholar/athlete brothers, who were also all Eagle Scouts.
He attended Wake Forest University and also the University of R.I. where he took pre-veterinarian courses.
Geoff traveled all over the world as a young man and taught English and equestrian skills in Central Asia.
Upon returning to R.I., Geoff learned the skills of building and carpentry and worked for several years with his close friend Hop Johnson in those trades.
Geoff always had a passion for the out-of-doors, wildlife, and conservation of the environment. In 1979 he became the manager of Addieville East Farm, a unique 900 acre wildlife preserve in Mapleville, R.I. Under Geoff's guidance, Addieville became one of the most beautiful places in New England, especially for hunters, fly fisherman, sporting clay shooters, dog trainers or for anyone else who just loved the pristine out-of-doors. He received many awards for environmental conservation and was deemed a national leader by his wildlife preserve peer managers. He was President and Vice President and on the Board of Directors of the NAGA, Conservation Farmer of the Year, NESCA Sportsman of the Year and was presented many other awards too many to mention. Geoff and his staff at Addieville have raised millions of dollars for Ducks Unlimited, Ruffed Grouse Society, Make-A-Wish, Boy Scouts of America, Women and Infants Neonatal Nursery, The Light Foundation, Women In the Outdoors, Special Olympics, animal shelters and so many more.
Besides his wife and daughter, Geoff is survived by his father and his brothers Dana and his wife Beth of Seekonk, MA, Greg and his wife Vicki of Miami, Fl and John and his wife, Bonnie of Miami, FL .Geoff also had 7 nieces and nephews and two great nieces. He also leaves his Addieville loving and much loved extended family of Ken and Robin Hopkins and their children Casey, Laura, Kerry and Ashley, whom he loved like his own, as well as many other great friends of all walks of life.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 4 8 p.m. on Dec. 30, 2010 at the Keene Brown Funeral Home 445 Greenville Rd. No. Smithfield. There will be a memorial service celebrating Geoff's life next June at Addieville.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Geoff's memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, c/oThoracic Oncology, 44 Binney Street, Boston, MA 02115, Rhode Island Ducks Unlimited, c/oJim Tappero, 12 Red Oak Drive, Wyoming, RI 02898 or Women and Infants Hospital, NICU Unit, c/oPatti Lucci, 101 Dudley Street, Providence, RI 02905.