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The Passing Of Our Friend Dave Raabe...

May 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

We deeply sorry to hear about the tragic accident at the 2017 OPA Racing Point Pleasant Grand Prix in Point Pleasant, New Jersey in which our friend Dave Raabe owner and throttleman of the Repeat Offender Offshore Racing Team loss his life and his driver J.P. Bryne was seriously injured in the first race of the day. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dave's family, the Repeat Offender team, the Smith Brothers team and the OPA Community.


David R. Raabe, Sr.

AGE: 38 • Forked River

David R. Raabe, Sr. passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017. He was born in Plainfield, NJ and has called Forked River his home for the past 10 years. David loved life, his family and friends especially his wife, Leigh, the love of his life and his three children, Alexis, David, Jr. and Landon.

David excelled at everything he did. His competitive nature and drive for success led him to reach many milestones years ahead of his peers. David worked in the financial world for 20 years. He was a financial advisor for AXA Equitable for the past 9 years. He also was a partner in Envision Strategics, LLC. He was a top producer for the company and won numerous awards.

David had a love for the Jersey Shore which led to his becoming an avid boater. He enjoyed pleasure boating with his family and friends. He always had the "NEED FOR SPEED" which led to his offshore boat racing. David claimed checkered flags in his racing career and also saw the back of many a tow boat.

David traveled with his family to many exotic locations including the U.A.E. (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), South Africa, several European countries, Hawaii, Mexico and some Caribbean Islands.

He is predeceased by his paternal grandparents Eugene and Virginia Raabe and Grandma Sheenan. Surviving are his loving wife, Leigh of 15 years; his daughter, Alexis; 2 sons David, Jr. and Landon; parents, David and Patricia Raabe and Debra and Robert McNamara; three brothers, Michael Raabe, Shea McNamara and Erik Raabe; his maternal grandparents, Robert and Georgette Schulz along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.