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Born: Apr 09, 1945

Date of Passing: Nov 16, 2019

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April 9, 1945 - November 16, 2019

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Danny Gabbs.
He was predeceased by parents, Evelyn and Dan Gabbs; sister Suellen, and brother Glenn.
He is survived by his children, Michèle Perrier, Kristjan Gabbs (Jennifer); grandson Finn along with their mother Janet Guertin Gabbs, as well as daughter Reagan Gross and granddaughter Danielle; sisters, Donna and Bonnie, brother Rick (Diane) and niece Karine.
Danny was a memorable presence in the 1960s and 1970s music scene with bands like Electric Banana, the Elastic Band and Wayne Walker. He was a gifted mouth harpist and brought his harmonica everywhere, just in case a bluesy interlude was required.
Funeral services will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m on Friday, November 29, 2019 at The First Unitarian Universalist Church located at 603 Wellington Crescent.
Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer Foundation.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 23, 2019

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • I was Danny’s hairstylist for years I just found out about his passing through a friend I will miss our joking around while I was cutting his hair and all the stories he use to tell me. I will miss my client and friend, now you can play that harmonica in the sky enjoy Danny. Rest In Peace buddy - Posted by: Frank Murgolo (Friend/his hairstylist ) on: Dec 27, 2019

  • I made an error in where Danny played. It was the Village Inn. - Posted by: BONNIE GABBS (SISTER) on: Nov 25, 2019

  • My late husband Ron Rickey and I were friends of Danny and his wife Janet in the 60's and 70's. Danny had a larger than life personality and was always a great friend and lots of fun. My sincere condolences to the family, he will be missed. - Posted by: CAROLE RICKEY (Friend of Danny's ) on: Nov 23, 2019

  • There is so much about my brother that should have been in his Obituaries. We were very close especially in the last 5 years when I got him to play Pickleball that I started at Tommy Prince where the "Gabbs" all tried their hands at it. Dan continued on playing at Good Neighbours twice a week for 1 year and then for the last 4 yrs at Sunova with the AM group of mostly women who loved him for his humour and singing along to the tunes I played for them. He was becoming a very good player and won a few fun tournaments. They missed him when he had to stop due to health problems. He also played for 2 yrs Slo-pitch in an 55 plus mixed team which made it to the playoffs. At the 50th GCC reunion he was the MC for the closing ceremonies and always did an excellent job. He was the only one in the family who never said no if one of us needed his help and showed this with my late brother Glenn. He always had me over for X-mas and sometimes the other Holidays. He never missed giving me a card for my birthday and even surprised me when I found a Valentines card in the mailbox. He never missed his Sunday visits to Mom at Fred Douglas. The last thing he did for me was help me with my garage door that was broken from a break in. He had a lot of faults but family was always first for him. I COULD ALWAYS COUNT ON HIM FOR HELP. My dog Molly would bark and growl at all men but she loved Danny and when he came she went crazy with joy. He was a GABBS so he loved animals. I have lots of photos and videos of the family because that is one thing I always did take pictures, recordings, and videos. I have him singing and playing with one of his bands and oldies of him has a baby. I remember the long lineups Fridays at THE VISCOUNT on Portage to see THE ELECTRIC BANANAS (MUSIC WITH APEEL). He discovered Diane Hetherington who became a top singer, and Graham Shaw joined them, who later had a hit on radio. His one wish was to jam with cousin Randy Bachman and Fred Turner, but that never happened. It really saddened me to not be able to say goodbye, to tell him how much I loved him. I did not know that he had gotten sick so fast because the last time we were together he was fine. I will miss you more than words can tell. I am glad that you died peacefully and you and Glenn can jam together again, Suellen can sing along and Mom. Dad and all the rest of our relatives will be the audience. - Posted by: BONNIE GABBS (sister) on: Nov 23, 2019

  • I am just so sorry to hear of Danny’s passing. It’s really hard to lose a brother. I speak from experience. When I read the obit this morning, all those childhood memories came rushing back. We all had so much fun together. Danny was like my big brother too. He was always there to get Donna, usually, and me out of trouble. The Gabbs house like no other ❤️. My sincere condolences to the Gabbs family. He will be missed!! - Posted by: Linda Schoettle (Friends with the family since grade 1) on: Nov 23, 2019

  • So sorry to hear of Danny's passing. I have very fond memories of listening to his music, and especially the New Years Eve party we all planned together. Danny had a great smile and and his love for music was contagious. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: Jan Lowe (Friend) on: Nov 23, 2019

  • Prayers for Family. No words can take away the sadness at this time. Danny was a Great person, loved music and to tell a good joke and will be missed. Rest In Peace Danny - Posted by: Pat Vass (cousin) on: Nov 23, 2019

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