The Borough of Boyertown renamed the Franklin Street mini park in honor of lifelong resident and council member Gene Gabel, 89, in honor of his years of service. The mini park near his home now bears his name.
Council unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday, Sept. 5, renaming the mini park to the Gene Gabel Mini Park in recognition of his more than 50 years of contributions to the borough and because he has been a lifelong resident of Franklin Street.
Mayor Lori Carnes also presented a proclamation in honor of his many years of service and contributions to Boyertown.
His wife, children and their spouses were in attendance to help recognize the milestone.
“My father Gene has lived on North Franklin Street all his life, outside of his service in the military,” his son Douglas Gabel said in an email. “During his life, he has served the community for nearly 50 years as an employee for the borough and as a town councilman.”
Gabel served on borough council from 1972 to 1975, as council vice president from 1976 to 1979, council president from 1980 to 1981, and as a council member from 2003 to 2023. He was also employed by the borough from 1981 to 1999.
Borough council President Frank J. Deery, in an email, said Gabel is a lifelong resident of the borough who has been a dedicated and hardworking individual who always has the best interests of Boyertown in his heart.
“I would describe Gene as a kind and understanding man who is always willing to volunteer to lend a hand around town whenever he is asked,” said Deery.
“I am very happy to call Gene my friend,” he added.
Deery said he has been very fortunate to have been able to work with Gable for the last 29 years, first when he was streets superintendent and secondly as a member of council.
“Gene’s knowledge gained during his time as the streets superintendent has been extremely valuable to borough council in helping to work on continuing projects relating to the borough’s water and sewer systems,” he said.
Deery said Gabel’s service to the borough goes back to 1972.
“That’s over 50 years of taking an active role in helping to make Boyertown a special kind of place,” he said.
Source: Berkshire mont