Gary Sabbag

Gary Sabbag, age 70, of Epping, N.H./Hingham Massachusetts passed away MAY 14 suddenly after a brief battle with lung cancer.

He was a graduate of Hingham High and UNH.  After college he became an avid writer. He wrote a Children’s book Myrtle and Chuck which he was thrilled when it was published. His connection to UNH brought him back where he worked as Supervisor for dinning service for the past 10 years.

He enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, running, and playing sports. His love for the sport of Handball was what he practiced weekly preparing for an upcoming tournament in Seattle Washington in June 2022.  Always in good shape and an athlete it was a total shock to all who knew him that an underlying Cancer diagnosis took his life to soon.

His love for animals was another passion.  He always found a way to support any animal fund.

He enjoyed traveling visiting Europe, California coast, Utah, Oregon, Arizona and Florida.   He worked in the National Parks where he felt his happiest and most deserving of himself

Gary was a kind and generous man who wanted to help anyone in need.  He was a great guy and a friend to all.

He leaves his wife Jeannie of Epping N.H. Her daughter Marie + son Damian.  Brother David and wife Marsha. His nephew Toby Sabbag, Niece Sophia Sabbag and Grand Niece Camille Grace Sabbag

Predeceased by Nick and Helen Sabbag (parents) 

O Brother, Life has not ended, but merely changed where your eternal dwelling awaits you.  Bless you, always !!!  R.I.P.


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13 Condolences

  1. Hooper on May 27, 2022 at 10:11 am

    Our condolences to his wife Jeannie, brother Dave and the entire family. A very tough time for everyone.

    Jim, Dee, Danielle

  2. Sheri Sabbag on May 27, 2022 at 11:59 am

    I still can’t believe this. My deepest condolences go out to everyone in Gary’s life. He will be missed by so many. Hugs to you all. 💔😢

  3. Susan Glennon on May 27, 2022 at 3:47 pm

    I’m so sorry for your broken hearts and loss of someone so dear to you.

  4. Paul Laucka on May 27, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    So sad, great guy. Condolence to the Sabbag family. Rest in Peace

  5. Lynne Marshall Sutherland. on May 27, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this. I just talked to him at our high school reunion last summer. I’m so glad I got to see him and catch up. My thoughts are with his whole family. RIP.

  6. Melville family on May 27, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    We love you so very much! We are walking with you and pray for peace and rest for you. All our love, Dave, Michelle and Maddie ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  7. Sarah shaw on May 28, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    I was truly lucky to work with Gary for many years. He always had a smile on his face and made work fun and full of laughs. He had a heart of gold and always went above and beyond for his student workers and staff. He touched many peoples heart in so many ways. RIP Gary you will be truly missed.

  8. Jim Quinn on May 29, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    The world was a better place with Gary in it. I am fortunate to have countless memories of a very special person.

  9. Adam Herrick on May 30, 2022 at 4:40 pm

    Gary was one of the kindest people I’ve had the honor of working with. He was like a second father to me at work. Where he was, jokes and happy times followed. May he rest in peace.

  10. Lloyd Darling on June 4, 2022 at 9:42 am

    sad day for all us in the handball community. I played handball with Gary every week for over 20 years and enjoyed a pure gentlemen on the court every time. Gary will be sadly missed by all who came in contact with him. In his next life I wish him nothing but killshots . Goodbye old friend rest in peace

    Lloyd Darling

  11. Lee Rasmussen on July 2, 2022 at 2:37 pm

    Gary Sabbag – soul brother

    Watercolor Man

    In the Everglades’ steaming summer
    of mangrove and mosquito
    at Fantasy (tho True) Flamingo…


    with his watercolors,
    bright, tropical botanicolors,
    faithfully captures willing spirits
    on his canvases.

    Like the moths…

    One day suddenly — news!
    In the bright clear light
    Hundreds of moths!
    huddle on the bright pink stucco walls
    of hotel Flamingo.
    At first
    they’re hard to see
    Hard to tell moth from wall
    They’re both the same bright pink!

    An old hand says that in the 60’s
    the walls were painted pink
    And since then
    the moths have changed their color
    to blend into Flamingo.

    And then, one afternoon,
    Gare and I out walking…
    What…is..? oooh…
    A huge exotic moth –
    Fluttering around us & then…

    “Oh! I wish I could paint that one!”
    Gare said.

    In late afternoon
    when we returned from our walk
    the moth was waiting for him
    on his front door screen.
    We were stunned and amazed.

    His colors captured Wildcat —
    peering out from the little jungle
    in the middle of the parking lot
    eyeing us, up on the second floor

    then Wildcat on his apartment windowsill
    peeking in the window blind
    with a shaft of sunshine beaming thru.


    dear brother man,
    Magic Watercolor Man
    who, in his last life mastered painting,
    Now, in this life,
    starts anew.

    Starts from scratch —
    As playwright…
    li March 2001

  12. Bernie Horn on July 6, 2022 at 8:35 am

    Gary was a great handball buddy. He came to play at LA Fitness a month of so before he passed. He was a regular competitor at handball tournaments, always contesting the game to his fullest. In our recent match at LA Fitness he played hard, running down all shots and diving for many just out of reach. No one else played as hard as Gary especially diving for shots like he did. It was a total shock to learn the recent games with us was his final tour of the courts and visit with his handball friends. His last email was hopeful that he was working on some pulmonary issues with his doctors and hoped to play once again. I am sorry we were not able to make his service, God Bless Gary and the family. He will be missed dearly but his spirit will be moving those courts like he always did. All my best, Bernie Horn

  13. Nick Marcovecchio on July 25, 2022 at 1:45 pm

    I met Gary in 1983 when we worked together at Bryce Canyon National Park. I worked with him for 2 seasons at Bryce Canyon, and then 4 winter seasons at Flamingo Lodge in Everglades National Park. We used to kid “Sandbag” for being a jock and that the qualifications for a job at Flamingo required you could nail a 15 foot jumper, and bat at least .400 in softball. The Flamingo Stingers, led by Gary are still “legendary” in Homestead, Florida recreation softball lore. Thank you Gary, for being such a great leader for us.

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