Joseph F. Gambino III, 82

OCT. 30, 1930-AUG. 20, 2013

August 21, 2013

Joseph Franklin Gambino III, Ph.D., 82, of Martinsburg, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at his residence, while under the care of a hospice and his family.

Born Oct. 30, 1930, in Martinsburg, he was the son of the late Joseph F. Gambino Jr. and Ruth Adalene Burkhart Gambino.

He was a well-known educator in Berkeley County, W.Va. and Washington County, Md., and a member of the National Education Association and National Rifle Association.

Gambino attended Burke Street School, was a graduate of Martinsburg High School, Class of 1948; a graduate of Shepherd College, Class of 1952; and he also did postgraduate work at West Virginia University and Shippensburg University. He received his doctorate from Wintergreen College in Littleton, Colo.


Gambino taught at Hedgesville High School until 1962. From 1962 to 1999, he worked for the Washington County Maryland Board of Education in various positions. During his tenure in Washington County, he received certification in education technology.

After retirement, he shared his knowledge and love of his fossil collection with local grade-school and middle-school children.

In his early life, he started the Red Cross swimming classes and water shows at the park.   

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Pitzer Gambino; two sons, Daniel Grayson Gambino, HSC, U.S. Coast Guard, retired, and wife, Dianne, and Matthew Grant Gambino, all of Hedgesville, W.Va.; one grandson, Tyler Andrew Gambino; and one brother, Dr. Richard F. Gambino of Roswell, Ga.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert W. Gambino, colonel, U.S. Army Reserves, retired.

A memorial service will be Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, with the Rev. James Riley officiating and the Rev. William Moore assisting.

The family will receive friends Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, St. John’s Lutheran Church or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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