Remembering Harry Fabick, a pillar of the Fabick Cat Family
Harry P. Fabick, who passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 19, 2021, played a vital role at the John Fabick Tractor Company. Better known as Fabick Cat, this local heavy equipment dealership was founded by his grandfather, John Fabick, in 1917. After a lifetime of involvement in the family business, philanthropy, and our local community Mr. Fabick will be missed by his family, friends, and colleagues alike.
Mr. Fabick began working at Fabick Cat in 1967 (at 22) and gained his initial familiarity with operations by serving successively in parts, service, and administrative positions and as a Product Support Representative. He then moved to General Lines Salesman and in 1971 was given the responsibility of Vice President, Marketing. In 1974, Mr. Fabick was named Manager of the company’s Jefferson City operation: Fabick and Company. In 1979, he was promoted to Vice President, Domestic Sales and held that position until he was made Executive Vice President in 1985. He became a Director of John Fabick Tractor Company in 1985 then President of the Fabick Companies in June of 1986. In 1998, he was named Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Fabick has belonged to many organizations during his years with the company. He was a Director of the Associated Equipment Distributors (A.E.D.) Foundation and was Committee Chairman for the A.E.D. Young Executives Foundation. He was also active in national and regional chapters of the Associated General Contractors (AGC). Mr. Fabick was a Past Director of U.S. Bank, Mercantile Bank, Boatmen’s Bank, Mark Twain Bank, and Colonial Bank. He was also a past Director of Ranken Technical and has been involved in non-partisan political activities.
Mr. Fabick has been active in the St. Louis community for many years and has volunteered his time and energy to many great organizations. He was a member of the Board of Governors of Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and President and Director of the MASTERS organization, which provides financial aid for a state trooper’s immediate family if they are killed in the line of duty. He was an avid supporter of his church, including Legatus, an organization of Catholic executives, and was a Director of the Archdiocesan Development Appeal Council. He was also a former member of the Hawthorn Foundation and the DuBourg Society. Mr. Fabick was also a member of the Knights of the Cauliflower Ear and the Missouri Athletic Club.
Mr. Fabick is survived by his wife, Judy Fabick (nee Hampel); their two sons, David (Cristina) and Douglas (Mala) Fabick, and grandchildren: Nicla, Rebecca, John IV, Jack, Ben, Christian, and Hunter. Mr. Fabick is preceded in death by his parents, John Fabick II and Jane Fabick (nee Folkerth), and granddaughter Helen.