Everett Austin "Ev" Gamble, 81, a resident of Enfield since 1963, formerly of Manchester and East Hartford, died peacefully in his sleep early Sunday morning, Dec. 23, 2012, at Johnson Memorial Hospital.
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He was born in Pittsfield, Mass., on Aug. 9, 1931, a son of the late Arthur A. and Gertrude (Barnes) Gamble, and was a graduate of the Joseph O. Goodwin School Class of 1947. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged from the National Guard of Connecticut at the rank of staff sergeant. Ev was a member of the John Maciolek Post No. 154 American Legion. He retired in 1987 after 35 years as a parts salesman for Pratt & Whitney Division of UTC, where he was awarded a citation for public service by Pratt & Whitney in 1985. Ev was an active member of the Hazardville Fire Department for over 35 years, volunteering as a firefighter from 1968 to 1972, eventually serving as president of the department from 1970 to 1971. Ev also served the department as commissioner for three separate terms. He also was very involved with the Town of Enfield and served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Young Democratic Club as an officer and the Department of Community Affairs. Ev was appointed to the Governor's Council on Voluntary Action by the late Gov. Ella Grasso, and later was reappointed as chairman on that same council by the late Gov. William O'Neill. He served for three terms as the chairman on the North Central Mental Health Board, 13 years on the Board of Examiners for Podiatry, and was the 2003 recipient of the Citizen's Award by the Secretary of State in 2003. In November of 1989, he became the operations manager for ITS, overseeing the daily operations for ITS Security at both A and B terminals at Bradley International Airport. Ev was also an active volunteer for many years at Johnson Memorial Hospital, where he made many lasting friendships over the years. Ev was a lifelong fan of auto racing, where he attended, raced, and officiated for many years at Lime Rock Park. Eventually, he became the founder of Lime Rock Race Club, which to this day he was still actively involved in. Lime Rock was Ev's second family and he will be greatly missed by many.
He was the devoted husband of 40 years to the late Judith (Gutman) Gamble who died on April 11, 2001, and leaves his loving daughter, Kimberly Santilli, and her husband, John, and their son, Jim, all of Bristol; his nieces, Wendy and Heidi; and his nephews, David and Jody. Ev will also be greatly missed by his very dear friends, Charity, Shannon, Jeanna, Marcella, and Alexis. He was predeceased by his sister, Darryl Behrendt.
The family would like to thank the staff and doctors at Johnson Memorial Hospital for taking such exceptional care of Everett over the years. Ev's family would especially like to thank all of his neighbors and close friends for your many expressions of kindness over the past few years.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 10:30 a.m. at All Saints Church, 25 School St., Somersville, with burial and military honors to conclude in the Gamble family lot in Hazardville Cemetery, corner of Elm and North streets, Enfield. Family and friends may call on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Ev may be directed to the Johnson Memorial Hospital Development and Community Relations, 201 Chestnut Hill Road, Stafford Springs, CT 06076-4005.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Dec. 26 to Dec. 30, 2012
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