In August 2008 Gabriel Pacione’s life was cut short by a tragic accident. Gabe had many aspirations, and was days away from realizing his dream of joining a world-class academic community at Dartmouth College, where he would further his passion for learning and athletic competition at the highest collegiate level.

Many people knew Gabe. He was hard to miss. Day-glo colors, floppy hair and a trademark smile. Many knew him as a successful high-school distance runner. Gabe was a three-season athlete, who was proud to represent both Hamilton-Wenham and the Cape Ann League in state and regional competition. While his athletic exploits garnered most of the press, it was his ability to reach out and befriend competitors that had a profound and enduring effect.

Gabe loved his team. The results and records speak for themselves. He loved the camaraderie of his teammates and the fun they had with other Cape Ann League runners. He loved the thrill of competition as much as making new friends. His coach Steve Sawyer remarked, "Running and Relationships, that's what Gabe was all about."

Uncolored by his personal success, Gabe was a humble athlete who put team first and regarded mentoring as a serious part of the athletic experience. He was often seen encouraging and congratulating athletes from all teams, at all levels — a behavior he admired in other athletes, adopted and developed even as a young runner.

The family and friends of Gabe Pacione have created this Memorial Scholarship Fund in his name to recognize high school seniors who have achieved success through hard work and dedication, and endeavored to share their enthusiasm by encouraging the pursuit of excellence by others. These are the traits that Gabe most admired.

Each year the Gabriel Pacione Memorial Scholarship Fund (Gabe’s Fund) will award two scholarships to accomplished high school seniors in our community to help offset their college tuition costs:

The Gabriel Pacione Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to an accomplished Hamilton Wenham Regional High School senior whose personal academic, artistic or athletic success is complemented by the energy and passion with which they encourage others in the Hamilton Wenham school community.

The Gabriel Pacione Cape Ann League Scholarship
Awarded to an accomplished Cape Ann League senior XC/Track and Field athlete who leads by example and whose outstanding performance and sportsmanship encourages and inspires others in the athletic community.
Contributions to the Memorial Scholarship Fund can be made at any branch of Bank of America.