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Kenneth R. Gamble

d. October 5, 2023

Kenneth R. Gamble

Kenneth R. Gamble, 83, passed away peacefully on October 5, 2023 at the Cleveland Clinic following an interesting life. Ken was born in Erie on July 31, 1940, the son of Kenneth J. Gamble and Rose E. Gamble.

He was a graduate of Perry, Roosevelt and Strong Vincent Schools. He received his B.S. from Gannon University, M.S. from Boston College and Ph.D. in psychology from Loyola University in Chicago, IL. Dr. Gamble was a clinical psychologist and served almost 50 years on the faculty of Gannon University having a profound impact on generations of students, also serving as Chair of the Psychology Department, a member of the Heritage Society, the American Board of Professional Psychology, and the American Psychological Association. An accomplished jazz musician, and founding board member of JazzErie, he was a talented tenor saxophone and piano player, playing with many bands, but most gratified when playing with his grandson, Jason. An excellent cook, he was especially proud of his soups. Ken was also proud of his Italian heritage and was a member of the Nuova Aurora Society and Sons of Little Italy. Ken was a YMCA member and an athlete participating in the QUAD games and triathlons. A photographer and gardener, he took great pride in his meticulously maintained home and yard.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by many aunts, uncles and cousins of the Eichner, Gamble and Lopez families.

Ken is survived by his children, Theresa Gamble, Tricia Gamble (Scott), and Kenneth J. Gamble (Lori); his grandchildren, Jason Gamble, Rose Gamble and Ari Arcenas; his life partner, Mary Grace Calabrese, and her daughters Lori Mraz (Gregg) and Lisa Lubak (Doug); Mary Grace's grandchildren, Mia and Ava Lubak, and the Calabrese family. He is also survived by the mother of his children, Linda Gamble, and many cousins of the Gamble, Fatica, Eichner, Tavani, Deutsch, and Lopez families, and all those lovingly mentioned as "I know we're related to somehow," as well as many dear friends and his Amici.

Dr. Gamble had a determination to live in spite of a terminal illness and participated in a clinical trial to help others.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the John R. Orlando Funeral Home, 2122 Raspberry Street, and are invited to a service there on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Saint Paul Church, 1617 Walnut Street, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Gannon Fund at www.gannon.edu.

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