Robert Dale ‘Gabby’ Cobb

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Robert Dale “Gabby” Cobb, 58, of Marquette, peacefully entered heaven on Friday evening, April 5, 2013 at the Norlite Nursing Center.

Gabby was born on April 1, 1955 in Marquette to Betty Watters. He lived in Big Bay for a couple of years before settling in Marquette.

He loved the outdoors and was always happy to show his niece, Stephanie and her husband, Cory, the best fishing spots and all the rivers and streams in Big Bay and Forestville. Gabby would even help clean the fish and show them the best way to cook them.

Gabby enjoyed spicy food and was always coming up with different recipes to try out on his family.

When Gabby wasn’t cooking or fishing, you could find him sitting on the porch visiting with his family and four legged friends, Sassy and Midnight. He was an avid dog lover. One of the best days of his life was the day his niece, Sheila, brought Sassy home for him. He loved to spoil that dog.

Gabby was a teenager when he was first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. He struggled with it throughout his life and eventually lost most of his eyesight from the disease. Prior to losing most of his sight, he worked diligently as a roofer for many years and later for New Horizons.

Gabby had a passion for country and western movies. John Wayne was one of his favorites. He possessed a great sense of humor and a big heart. He was always a fan of whatever sport his niece and nephew, Randi and Ryan were participating in.

Gabby was a loving son, brother, brother-in- law, uncle and friend who will be sadly missed by all. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Watters and a brother, Stephen Cobb.

Survivors include three sisters, Katherine (Tom) Grady, Patti (Brian) Schmeltzer and Janet (Tom Dagenais) Cobb; nieces and nephew, Stephanie (Cory) Godfrey, Sheila Grady, Randi Schmeltzer and Ryan Schmeltzer, all of Marquette; two aunts, Dianna (John) Higgins of Marquette and Sue Anderson of Lebanon, MO; also surviving are numerous cousins.

Gabby’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of the Norlite Nursing Center for the tremendous care they provided him as well as to Dr. Dan Hardie, his longtime physician.

A graveside service will take place on a later date at Northland Chapel Gardens.

The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at