George Martin Gambino, 89, formerly of Cresaptown, MD and Mansfield Center, CT died in Conway, SC on Monday morning, September 2, 2019. He was born December 17, 1929 in Islin, NJ, the sixth of ten children of Harry Gambino and Emily Saputo Gambino. He graduated from Windham High School and briefly attended the Willimantic State Teachers College prior to joining the U.S. Army during the Korean War where he served with the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery, 3rd Division during 4 campaigns from April 1951 – April 1952 leaving the Army with the rank of MSgt/T (Master Sergeant). He was stationed just behind the front lines and had many harrowing stories.
George was known for his amazing eye for photography. While working as a camera man for WWLP-TV in Springfield, MA he made history recording a meteor fireball with his 16mm camera on Monday, April 25, 1966. He was a self-trained architect and builder and worked on many of the houses he lived in over the years. Ever an aspiring writer, he spent his later years drafting his family history. Publishing Our Postwar Dreams Are Shattered & I Know How You Feel, a 575-page memoir about World War II and the loss of his brother in the Pacific theater.
George leaves behind a sister Kathleen Labb and over thirty nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at Saint Phillip the Apostle Cemetery, Pompey Hollow Road, Ashford, CT on Sunday, October 20th at 01:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the veterans organization of your choice.
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