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Gabriel R. Percich

09/19/1975 - 07/03/2024


Obituary For Gabriel R. Percich

Gabriel R. Percich 48, passed away on July 3, 2024, after a long battle with cancer. He was strong and fought valiantly until the end.

Gabe was born on September 19, 1975, in Langley, Virginia. He graduated from Dover High School class of 1994. He went on to work at Sears Department Store where he discovered the love of computers and electronics.

Gabe is survived by his wife, Mercedes Vargas, who cared for him till the end; his loving and supportive father, Robert P Percich; his mother, Jeanne L Egger; two sisters, Michelle Voss and Renee Ford; nephews and nieces and several other family members.

Gabe also had a second family, his co-workers at the Department of Corrections where he worked for 25 years. He achieved lieutenant status during that time and made a huge impact on those around him. He was known for being a great and fair leader and for being kind and funny. He was held in high esteem by everyone who worked with him.

Gabe was an amazing son, husband, LT, and friend who will be sorely missed by all.


12 Jul

Memorial Service

02:00 PM

Bennie Smith Funeral Home of Delaware (Dover) 717 W Division Street Dover, DE 19904 Get Directions »
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  • 07/12/2024

    My condolences during this difficult time! Rest in peace Gabe.

  • 07/12/2024

    My "Meatball, my Brother, and my friend, you are the missed and loved. We shared our moment together not so long ago so I will see you on the other side. Paulie "spaghetti" Barone

  • 07/11/2024

    My condolences to the family and God's peace to you all. A husband, a father, a brother in blue, courageous and brave, what no one would do. You can rest now, we have it from here. Your memories and spirt, we will all hold dear.

  • 07/11/2024

    Percich was always smiling. He seemed like he was always having a good day. He always talked about his wife, his dogs, and the Bears. RIP my friend.

  • 07/11/2024

    Deepest sympathies to the family.

  • 07/11/2024

    Praying that my classmate of DHS "94 and my DOC brother rest well. Always had pleasant encounters with Gabe, just a kind and respectful person. He will be truly missed, Rest easy my friend!!

  • 07/11/2024

    Through thick and thin of our careers you had our backs and made sure you did what you could to help. Even throughout our careers and what you had to go through I can't think of you showing any weakness or sign that things got to you. You fought the good fight till the end and demonstrated a strength many men don't have. Thank you sir for being my friend and OUR brother!

  • 07/11/2024

    God Bless to the family. I enjoyed the times I got to talk to Gabe while I was at Vaughn. He was always pleasant and positive regardless of what he was going through. Warden Philip Parker

  • 07/11/2024

    Rest In Peace.... Sir And thank you for your service. I am sure you will be missed by many. God speed.

  • 07/10/2024

    My dear friend I am at a complete loss of words. When I was informed about this tragic loss. You will always be remembered for being a great person. Working with you was always a pleasure. I would always say hey Perch. So for the last time Hey Perch. God is good and you blessed in his glory. Give God all the glory, glory glory glory.

  • 07/10/2024

    My sincerest sympathy to the wife Mercedes and family. He fought a hard fight and now may he have eternal peace. With prayers Pat

  • 07/09/2024

    Gabe was a funny and happy go lucky kinda guy. He always spoke of his "kids" the dogs and " my girl" his wife. He was always up beat all the way through his battle. We will always remember your great personality and never forget you. Rest in peace

  • 07/09/2024

    Gabriel will be missed by many. He was one of my class mates, and I remember him always. He loved life, His wife, His Dogs, he was always showing me the latest phots of his dogs, and he also enjoyed good food, he also took photo's of a good plate of food.

  • 07/08/2024

    Your shift is done we have it from here watch our 6 from up on high and we will meet again. Lt L Buckle and family

  • 07/08/2024

    Mercedes and family- The women and men of FOP Lodge#10, Delaware Probation and Parole send our deepest condolences on the loss of your hero and our DOC brother, Gabe. During this season of loss, may you find comfort in the outpouring of support and deep gratitude for sharing Gabe with all of us. May his memory be a blessing. In sympathy, Delaware Fraternal Order of Police Lodge#10 Probation and Parole.

  • 07/08/2024

    In our years of working together we had fun and when I made Lieutenant u and I were a team I leaned alot from you and I will miss you my friend rest easy brother

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