Brian Kennedy from Clarkstown North still remembers your athletic prowess. He said you taught him a lot about how to play basketball.
Thinking of you and your family today and often. xxoo
Freddy - it never gets old and it never gets easier. Checked out the gym at Baco and it looked great. I loved how you made us record and write down every set, rep, and weight on our little index cards. "why do we have to write all this down?" "because we want to get bigger Tommy and not look like jokes!" Man, you were the best...hands down
Unreal how time flies. You haven't left my thoughts. Rob
Freddy, miss ya more and more each year. You would not be impressed in my weight training regiment currently. One look at me and cardio for days. Love and miss ya. All my best to the Gabler clan and extended Baco family. We are the best! Love, Tommy Strohmenger
Fredrick Da Bug. Guess what?, the big guy is getting married in 65 days!!! Unreal right? You will be happy to hear that im back down to my high school weight. Strict diet and exercise. Miss you guy, much love!!!
Writing on 9/11 but you're thought of often.
Lots of love from us here in the Holy Land. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your day of grief. Benji, P'nina, Uriel, Yosef and Elisha Gabler
Freddy! I cant believe it's been over a decade since you hazed me. I miss you buddy! Good thing Nagel is still around to blow me up. You were such a great influence, mentor, friend, and a lot more. Thanks for everything. Much love to all the Gablers and extended Baco family.
Still giving us all heavy hearts 12 years later you big lummocks. We miss you and are torn up thinking about what would have and should have been for you and all of us together. Thankfully, Alexis is everything you would have hoped for and worked tirelessly to help shape. Mindy and your family have been incredible stewards of your legacy and we all will always love you. Vino
This still hurts 12 yrs later. Miss ya bud. my fantasy team is called Da Bugs in honor of you. Thanks for all the physical and mentally beatdown at Baco. I guess they were deserved after i stole numerous very fine drinks from under your bed. hahaha. Also, you will be very happy to know i still bet the over on MNF and now all primetime game. its made me a fortune. here to a true legend. love ya
Hey Fred, When my family moved to Dellwood Park when I was 8 years old, it was you who I hung out with, rode bikes with, build secret forts with. It was you who sold me my very first Playboy centerfold. (Thanks for that - you charged me more then the cost of the entire mag)...good business sense aside, today I visited GZ and found the exact place I spent most of my time searching as a rescue worker. I wish I found you old friend - you may be gone, but don't think for a second that I don't have the Styx and J.Geils Band 33s you got me for my birthday and a forever lasting childhood memories. (got rid of the centerfold) Your friendship made my childhood amazing - and I know how lucky I was to live down the street from a friend that made life fun, even waiting for the bus and having you beam a tennis ball at my ass (vice-versa) as we waited for the bus at the Davidoff's house. At Woodglen Elementary school, when you ran for class President, I remember making a pin that said "Use your head: Vote for Fred". It's an election year - you've got my vote buddy - I was so happy we had such a great time at our HS reunion, but had no idea it would be our last. May you rest in peace. Also, wishing all of the Gabler's and their extended family my warmest wishes on this difficult day. Leslie, Howard and Jolie, you have an amazing Son/Brother!
Thinking of you not just today but everyday. I can only imagine what you would have achieved over the last 11 years. Your parents send me the beautifully crafted book honoring your life. My thoughts and prayers to Mindy, Alexis and your entire family. Shiney
I will never forget my first day in high school as a freshmen, fred was a senior......I was so scared. Fred introduce me to the entire basketball team and football team and made me feel soooo comfortable. He was one of the sweetest and loveliest men i have ever had the privilege to know! xoxoxoxo
Miss ya Freddy. All the time. Love to all Gablers. Also, I think its hysterical that the Baco gym is named after the Bug. Couldnâ€™t be more fitting. The mental dress down received from Freddy and Nagel growing up was so influential - everything from how slow I ran, to my posture. Pretty important stuff for a 14 year old. Miss you buddy. The stuff you came up with was so good.
Just wanted to let the Gablers (Aunt Leslie & Uncle Howard) know that you are in my thoughts always, but especially today! xxxx, Emily
Looked out on my terrace tonight and saw the tower light shining. Then I said a little prayer for Freddy.
On such a sad day, nice to know that Fred must be smiling down on Mindy & family and so proud of all the good they have done in his name. xoxo Laurie
Yesterday Grobie and I chaperoned our 6th graders to the Memorial. Grobie wore the Bazaar shirt from this past summer in Fred's memory. Surreal experience. Grobie found Fred's name cut into the parapet at N26- I think. I did a rubbing of his name in bright crayons in my sketchbook and then added "Baco Pride". I thought of Mindy and Alexis. Grobie told me how awesome Alexis is...obviously she's awesome.
Many emotions for us all over the last few days. 10 years is an eternity, yet the feelings so easily bring us right back to that terrible time when we lost Freddy. My only solace of his not being with us all everyday is seeing the smile and spirit of his soul live on in the beauty that is Alexis. He would be so proud of what she and Mindy have built over the last decade and how strong and resolute Howard and Leslie in these many years since. I miss him so dearly and am thankful for the love that we shared.