Gambardella Wholesale Fish Inc. Owner/Operator Michael Gambardella, Jr., has passed away

Michael Gambardella, Jr., 65, of East Haven passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 with his loving family by his side. He is the husband of Laura Silvestro Gambardella. He was born in New Haven on April 9, 1954 to the late Michael and Elizabeth Martin Gambardella, Sr. Mike was the owner and operator of Gambardella Wholesale Fish, a family business that has thrived for more than a century. He was a true family man, who loved to cook, garden, root on his beloved Red Sox and enjoyed an occasional trip to the casino. Calling Hours, Sunday, March 08, 2020. Funeral Service, Monday, March 09, 2020. To read service details, sign/review guest book. >click to read< 09:42

Fishermen hope bumper sticker gets Trump’s attention – The sticker features a picture of Trump giving a thumbs-up next to a fishing boat with the slogan “Make Commercial Fishing Great Again,” a spin on Trump’s popular campaign slogan “Make America Great Again. (Mike) Gambardella said if fishermen just had the chance to explain the long-standing problem to Trump, “his head would spin.” Mike posted an addendum to the post. >click to read<

This is a page with many posts about Mike and his many associates in various efforts to inform the public, and politicians!! >click to read<

2 Responses to Gambardella Wholesale Fish Inc. Owner/Operator Michael Gambardella, Jr., has passed away

  1. Words cannot express the sadness this brings to not only myself but I’m sure to the many others who knew this wonderful, kind man. I will never forget the courage he showed fighting this awful disease.
    I’ve known Mike for a long time and back in the day sold a lot of fish to him. He was not your average fish dealer. He was an honest man of conviction, faith and honesty. Simply put, he cared.
    He went above and beyond when it came to supporting this industry and those who were involved in the everyday battles to try shed light on the shortcomings of those who try to regulate it. He was a warrior who fought to expose the injustices of the systems that are destroying it. He also put his money where his mouth was. I wouldn’t dare to guess how much he spent of his own money to try to formulate change. There are those who talk the talk, but Mike walked the walk.
    It is painful for those of us who loved this man to see all the hope he had to institute change, and all of the plans he hoped to see through to their fruition never get fulfilled for him to see. At least not in this life.
    Mike is in a better place now and his suffering is over. His shoes will be very hard to fill. Probably impossible to fill. Hopefully as he looks down upon us he won’t have to wait to long for justice to be rewarded to those he fought so hard for.
    To his family and friends, please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers as we celebrate the life and all of the good he did while he was with us.
    Godspeed to you Mike,
    The Hovanesian family

    • - Moderator says:

      That is a wonderful tribute Joel, and what more can be said about a fish dealer from a fisherman that did a lot of business with him. He did care.
      In the posts that included Mike Gambardella, it was evident he was an active advocate, and a supporter of change and improvement that is still needed.
      I hope people click some of the links on the included page, and recognize his worthy, and greatly appreciated efforts, like this one, Sea to Table,, July 17, 2017  On July 27 we will be hosting a presentation by Meghan Lapp, a fishing industry spokesperson and activist from Narragansett, R.I.  She will have an interactive discussion with some audience members, including Mike Gambardella of Gambardella Fish Wholesale, and some of the fishermen, on problems faced by the industry and how people can support the industry regionally and locally. 
      We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Michaels family, loved ones, and friends, and the  fishing community that will certainly miss him.Rest in Peace Mike.
      You won’t be forgotten.

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