In Loving Memory of Joseph M. Gambo
Joseph M. GamboDunmore, PA May 19, 1922 ~ January 15, 2015 Date of Service: January 19, 2015
Joseph M. Gambo, 92, Dunmore, died unexpectedly Thursday evening at his home. His wife, the former Lucy Summa, died in 1994.
Born in Dunmore, Joe was the son of the late Charles and Angelina Prizzi Gambo. He was a member of SS. Anthony and Rocco Parish in Dunmore and its Holy Name Society. He was a graduate of Dunmore High School Class of 1940. He served this country in the U.S. Army’s 109th Infantry and also the 28th Division Army Band during WWII. During his service he was a Prisoner of War for six months in Germany and he earned several medals which included the Bronze Star, the POW Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Sharp Shooter Carbine Medal, and the Expert Rifle Medal among others. After being honorably discharged from the military, he attended the University of Scranton on the G.I. Bill where he graduated in 1955 with a BS in Business Administration. While attending the university he started the first dance band there.
After his military service he traveled around the Midwest performing with various bands. He was a musician in several bands in the area, including St. Anthony’s Band, the Gene Dempsey Orchestra for over 55 years, the Paci Band, Stegmaier Band, Marywood Concert Band, Lee Vincent Orchestra, Ringold Band, and Crystal Band. He played for many notable singers and performers at the Masonic Temple and Kirby Center. He performed with the Scranton/Northeast Philharmonic Orchestra for over 20 years and served as its Librarian of Music for several years. Joe was a member of the Musicians Local 120 for 76 years and served as its Secretary/Treasurer for many years.
He was a member of the San Cataldo Club in Dunmore, The V.F.W. McHugh-Bushweller Post #3474 in Dunmore, the Dunmore Senior Center, and the Smith Street Social Club in Dunmore. Joe generously donated his time by volunteering at the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania.
He began his business with JALT’s Garage on Smith Street with his brothers Angelo, Louis, and Tony which later became known as the Smith Street Garage. He expanded his business and opened Dunmore Auto Parts which he operated until his retirement in 1990. Joe obtained barbering skills at young age and maintained his Barber/Barber Manager License through his 92nd birthday.
Joe’s three greatest loves in life were family, religion, and music. His two granddaughters were his pride and joy. He never missed any of his granddaughter’s academic, sporting, or extracurricular activities. Joe cherished each and every one of his nieces and nephews. He was everyone’s “Uncle Joe.” He was blessed with many faithful and talented friends. They referred to him as “Papa Joe.” He shared many good times with them at countless rehearsals and concerts spanning the decades as a musician. On behalf of his family, they would like to thank any and everyone who watched over him in his later years, so that he could continue to pursue his love and passion for music. His family would also like to thank his caregivers for the care and compassion shown to Joe. To all who loved and will deeply miss Joe, he would simply say, “I love you more.”
Surviving are a daughter, Angela Yunko and husband Gary, Dunmore, two granddaughters, Stephanie Smith and her husband Andrew, Rochester, NY, and Samantha Yunko, New York City, two sisters, Carmel Guzy, Elmhurst and Grace Murray, Arvada, CO, and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and cousins.
Joe was preceded in death by two sisters, Angeline Talutto and Mary DeMuro and four brothers, Infant Angelo, Anthony, Louis, and Angelo.
The funeral will be Monday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc. 318 East Drinker Street in Dunmore with mass of Christian Burial at 9:30am in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Smith Street in Dunmore. Interment will follow in the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Dunmore.
Friends may call Sunday from 3-7pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute- Judi H. Rock on Fund 334 Jefferson Avenue Scranton, PA 18510-4501 or to SS. Anthony and Rocco Parish 303 Smith Street Dunmore, PA 18512.