Chris "Gambo" Gambacorta

A note from Chris's sister, Danielle

We are thankful to the Gambacorta and DeGennaro families for sharing their story with us. 

As many of you know, Chris suffered from addiction. His desire to live a life of sobriety was a testament to his love of his family, his faith in God and his strength of character. 

 

I was never as proud of him as I was when he successfully graduated from Elmcore Drug Court 4 years ago. He invited me to come for support, and when the judge talked about him and how proud she was of him, my heart was full. He stepped off the stage and we shared the biggest hug. It was at that moment I thought to myself, he is going to be OK. He went on to get good job, an apartment and recently a girlfriend, Diane. He was so happy. His life was really good.

 

Sadly, on February 6th all of our lives would be changed forever. When I received the call that I dreaded my whole life, my best friend, my partner in crime was no longer with us.  

 

Chris and I weren't simply brother and sister, we shared true, unconditional love for one another. There was always love, always forgiveness, a lot of laughter and some tears. I will miss him forever. His memory will live on in me and in Lorenzo and Gianluca. 

 

On behalf of my parents, we would like to recognize the countless people that helped Chris on his journey for recovery, especially Joe Difabbio and my husband, Gian-Michael. To our family and friends who have supported us this past week, with cards, calls, visits, food and love, we are eternally grateful to each of you. 

 

To my baby brother, this is for you. You are no longer suffering, you are no longer battling demons, you are finally at peace. I know God welcomed you into heaven with open arms. I find comfort knowing you are now a guardian angel watching over me, mommy, daddy, Gian-Michael and the boys. I love you very much.

 

All my love always,

Your Sissy.

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