Gabriel Adam Zimicki-Bowditch, 27, of St. George, Vt., died on May 27, 2015, in a motorcycle accident in Louisa, Va., where he was living. Those fortunate enough to have known Gabe will remember him for his big heart, his unwavering devotion to his friends, family and country. Gabe could make those lucky enough to be in his life sometimes want to tear their hair out, but he always remained true to himself and his beliefs. He was an accomplished welder, a passionate cook, a devoted volunteer firefighter, and was proud to serve in the Vermont Army National Guard. Gabe made friends wherever he went and treated all with kindness and respect. His passing leaves a hole in the hearts of many. Gabe grew up in St. George, Vt., and attended the Lake Champlain Valley Waldorf School, Williston Central School, and Champlain Valley Union High School. Always eager to move forward at his own pace, he left school at age 16 to work at various local restaurants while he earned his GED. In 2008, he joined the Vermont Army National Guard and in June 2009, he completed Infantry Training at Fort Benning, Ga., with his platoon being selected as the Honor Platoon. Gabe deployed to Afghanistan as an infantryman with the 3-172 Mountain Infantry of the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in the Vermont Army National Guard in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon his return to the United States, he remained with 3-172 IN (MTN) serving as a Forward Observer in the Fire Support Section, until December 2014. Among Gabe’s survivors is a brother, Nicholas Zimicki-Bowditch of Hinesburg. A gathering to celebrate Gabe’s life will be held at the VFW at 176 South Winooski Avenue, Burlington, on Saturday, June 13, 2015, from 1 to 4pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Intrepid Fallen Heros Fund can be made in Gabriel’s honor.
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