It is with great sadness that I share the passing of our beloved friend Rodney Gabriel. Rodney passed away yesterday afternoon, an hour after a visit with Susan Mitchell, and with his head resting peacefully on the shoulder of one his wonderful caregivers at Redwood AFC.
Rodney has been a core member at L'Arche Portland since 1993. Rodney first lived at our Nehalem house, then in a rental home while Neahkahnie was being built, before ultimately moving into Neahkahnie house in 1995. Rodney most recently moved to Redwood AFC in November 2017.
Please pray for Rodney and everyone who has had the privilege of loving him and being loved by him over the years. Rodney was an artist, a lover of music, animals, and children, and a faithful friend to many. His death is an incredible loss to L'Arche and the world.
We will celebrate Rodney's life with a Memorial Service and potluck on Saturday, June 2, at 11am, at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church. Please join us in person, or in prayer. If you would like to contribute to the potluck, please contact Kelsey Guckenberger: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In gratitude for Rodney's life,
Links to articles and reflections inspired by Rodney: