December 27, 1932 ~ March 11, 2021

Born in: New York, NY
Resided in: Smithtown, NY

Robert’s Wake Service & Family Eulogy will be livestreamed Tuesday 8 PM. Please follow the link below






Bob Gambardella grew up in Hell’s Kitchen during the 30s and 40s with his sister Joanie and his brother Richard. He proudly served his country in The U.S. Navy during the  Korean War, where he was stationed in French Morocco. In 1958, he married the love of his life, JoAnn Viccora, and the two moved “way out east” to Commack where they raised 3 children – MaryAnne, Rob, and AnnMarie. Bob worked a variety of jobs throughout his life; he was a tech writer at Northrop Grumman where he worked on the Lunar Module that accompanied the Apollo 11 Moon Shot and the A6A Intruder Fighter Jet. He also did a stint in catering which gave him many entertaining stories to tell to his children and grandchildren, worked as a plant manager at UL for many years, and was most recently a well-loved security guard in the Kings Park School District. He also volunteered at St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged in Elwood, where he befriended many of the Sisters of St. Benedict.


Bob was a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. His children loved him for his good humor and strong familial leadership, and his grandchildren look back fondly on memories of swimming in the pool with him and building sandcastles at the beach. They will never forget looking up in the stands at their sporting events to see his smiling face proudly cheering them on. He loved going out to the movies, swimming in the ocean, walking for miles on the Sunken Meadow Boardwalk, and singing along to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Bob was a true family man. He will be sorely missed by everyone who was blessed enough to cross paths with him, but “what is grief, if not love persevering?”


Bob is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, JoAnn, his 3 children MaryAnne (Jeff) Haney, Rob (Mary Ellen) Gambardella, and AnnMarie (Kevin) Mundinger, his grandchildren Brian (Rachel) Haney, Bobby (Katie) Haney, Brandon Haney (fiancée Juliana Restivo), Samantha Gambardella, Josh Gambardella, Justin Gambardella, and Christopher Mundinger, and his great-grandson Cameron Haney.


In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.




Visitation: March 16, 2021 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
190 E. Main St.

Second Visitation: March 16, 2021 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
190 E. Main St.

Mass: March 17, 2021 10:30 am

St. Patrick's R C Church Smithtown
280 E Main St

Private- Cremation:

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Robert M. Gambardella 's name.

St. Judes Children's Research Hospital

501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN

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  1. I am so truly sorry for your family! Mr. G. was such a sweet man and always made everyone laugh. Loss is hard no matter how it happens, but when unexpected it breaks your heart even more. You have always been such a loving and close-knit family and so lucky to have eachother- I know how much Mr. G adored you all and how much all of his Grandchildren meant to him- Luv you guys and sending my condolences and hugs xoxo. Mr. G will be missed but always remembered.

  2. I am so very sorry to hear that the much loved, true patriarch of your family, has passed. Although it has been many years, I fondly remember the warm, welcoming feeling being in your home. May you find yourself smiling through your grief as you remember the joyous times you spent together. Know you are all in my prayers. xoxo

  3. Sounds like Bob played a big role in shaping the tight-knit Gambardella family. Condolences from Tracy, Mia and Chris.

  4. Rob and MaryEllen, Craig and I are so sorry for your and your family’s loss. He was clearly a very special and family-oriented man whose personality traits persist in his descendants. Wishing you strength and comfort at this difficult time.

  5. Dear Joann , Rob , Mary Ellen and the Gambardella family. Thinking of you all at this very sad time. May your happy memories help you through this sad time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers .
    Take care
    Phyllis, Richie and the Reddingtons , Galway .

  6. Our thoughts & prayers are with you; cousin Bob will be remembered so fondly as a sweet fun man who always opened his heart & home to my family throughout the years.

  7. Gambardella family—We are so sorry for your loss. You’re all in our prayers and please know our departed loved ones are never far away.

  8. Bob was always the life of the party. He was a fun guy to be around. What a loss to your family. My sympathies.

  9. So sorry for your loss, I am sending all of my love, thoughts, and prayers to you and the entire family during this difficult time. He is with you always in your hearts and memories.

  10. candleRob, I am so sorry for the passing of your Dad. I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. I’m so sorry for the loss of a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers to the Gambardella family at this very difficult time. Bob will truly be missed. Hugs from Sarasota, FL.
    Diane Skelly

  12. candleLisa and I met Mr. Gambardella many times and like all the other Gamberdellas he was a gem:). I recall at Rob and Mary Ellen’s wedding reception father and son bursting into tearful “I love you’s” followed by them both laughing. I thought… wow THAT is a family.

  13. Rob, MaryEllen and family,

    We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Jim and Karen

  14. What a beautiful family he created! His legacy and his values live on. He is with the angels for sure! My deepest condolences to the Gambardella family.

  15. Greetings from sunny Florida……I was saddened to hear of my cousin Bob’s passing. What wonderful memories I have of visiting the “New Yorkers” as a youngster…… Going to Aunt Stella and Uncle Joe’s was always something we Pandolfi’s looked forward to….My deepest condolences to Joanne and all the family, XOXO!

  16. candleRob,
    I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. My deepest condolences are with you and your family.

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