Nathan Gable

Nathan Benjamin "Nate" Gable

Thursday October 19, 1939 - Sunday December 8, 2019
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Nathan Benjamin Gable age 80, of Sewell passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2019. He was born in Danville, PA to the late Whitfield Gable and Minnie (Lovell). After serving in the US Navy, Nate turned to what would be a lifelong passion – music. He studied instrumental and vocal music, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Temple University. Throughout his life, Nate was able to meld his interests into a successful career. As a teenager, he trained in printing which enabled him to become a linotype operator, hot metal type setter, and proofreader. He had great affection for the written word and an appreciation for the visual presentation of printed text. He furthered his education in the graphic arts and computer sciences, performing so highly in his coursework that he was taken on as an adjunct instructor and was later was elected as the President of Mac User Group of Southern NJ for many years.

Nate was an accomplished tenor, well known within the Philadelphia area. Regarding his active singing career, Nate was a member of the Philadelphia Singers, Philadelphia Opera Company Chorus, and Pennsylvania Pro Musica. A highly sought and admired tenor, Nate performed as a professional soloist throughout Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, appearing in high profile recitals and numerous liturgical settings.

Nate rekindled his love of the trombone joining the Original Hobo Band where he became an assistant conductor, parade director, and webmaster. He also played his trombone for the Salem County Brass Society, Tri-County Symphonic Band, and John Walter Cape Band. Concurrent with his hectic performing schedule, Nate worked for Washington Township School District as their “Mac Man” and Webmaster, retiring in 2013 after 15 years of service.

In “retirement,” Nate continued to expand his instrumental endeavors, performing at least 5 nights a week, getting out of his wife’s hair. He was also involved with the American Littoral Society where he participated in efforts to restore the natural habitat and to promote wildlife conservation on the Delaware Bay. He was an avid animal lover and enjoyed cultivating his vegetable and flower gardens, especially his beloved roses and delicious tomatoes. Nate was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church where he was a lector and musician, and where he felt he had a home.

Nate enjoyed life to the fullest. He made the happiness of everyone around him his mission; his greatest joy was his family. He never met a stranger he couldn’t (or didn’t!) talk to…and he had a heart of gold - even if it drove everyone crazy! Friends and family knew him to be incredibly thoughtful, self-sacrificing, and at all times, loving and forgiving. He will be sorely missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to have crossed his path.

Nate is survived by his wife, Diana D'Alesio Gable; children, Laurie Gable Turner (Chip) of Orlando, FL, David Gable (Kristin) of Charlotte, NC, Mirella Gable, of Oklahoma City, OK and Elena Gable of Red Bank, NJ; sister, Peggy Lawson (Geoff) of Phila., PA, and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Family and Friends are welcome to witness Military Honors for Nate at Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 240 N. Tuckahoe Rd., Williamstown, NJ on Friday, December 13th at 12:00 PM. Guests are encouraged to arrive by 11:30 AM. On Saturday December 14th, a visitation hour will be held at 10:00 AM followed by a celebration of life at 11:00 AM at St. John's Episcopal Church, 76 Market Street, Salem, NJ. Reception to follow. Memories and condolences can be shared at

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Nate’s memory to one of the following programs: St. John's Episcopal Church, American Littoral Society, Original Hobo Band Youth Scholarship, or Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday December 14, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday December 14, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    St. John's Episcopal Church
    76 Market Street
    Salem, NJ 08079
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Memorial Service

    Saturday December 14, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday December 14, 2019 11:00am
    St. John's Episcopal Church
    76 Market Street
    Salem, NJ 08079
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Charles W. Messer
  • Interment

    Friday December 13, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Friday December 13, 2019 12:00pm
    Gloucester County Veterans Cemetery
    240 S. Tuckahoe Road
    Monroe Township, NJ 08094
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Robert Barron

Posted at 12:32pm
I was a fellow trombonist with Nate in the John Walter Cape Community Band. He was always cheerful and never failed to brighten the room that he entered. He and I were brothers in Christ and shared the same political views. I will miss his prolific and informative emails. He really knew music and was quick to share his expertise on the trombone with me.
I was planning to attend the celebration of Nate at St. John's but begged by my wife not to go since I just had two medical issues' The rain and fog on Saturday convinced me that it was a wise decision.
I will miss Nate but expect to see him again in Heaven.
Bob Barron; Petersburg, NJ

Michele Elam

Posted at 12:06pm
I've been a member of the Tri-County Symphonic Band for about two and a half years which is how I had crossed paths with Nate. Though I didn't have the pleasure of knowing him on a personal level like many of my bandmates, I can plainly see that he had to be a great person to know after reading all about him. I will always remember him as the gentleman with the warm smile and pleasant demeanor as well as his musical talent. He did a fantastic job playing with the trio at our Christmas concert! He will surely be missed by the band! My deepest condolences and prayers go out to his family.

Jan Giel

Posted at 08:01am
I had the pleasure of working with Nate in the Washington Township Public Schools, where he was always happy, helpful and admired. My sympathies to you on the loss of a great man who truly lived his best life. He was a blessing to so many. Jan Giel

Patricia Walton

Posted at 07:49am
Dear Diana and family,

Although I only met Nate a few times, he was indeed super friendly and such a wonderful person. You have my sympathy and I will keep you in my and my family's prayers.

Trish Walton and family.

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