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Michelle Campbell

September 17, 2019





Steven Lee Gambles Sr., departed his life on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at his home in Wyandanch, NY, surrounded by family. He was born on May 11, 1953 to the late Mary Lee Gambles.


As child, Steve attended Bridgehampton Elementary and High School in Bridgehampton New York; he later graduated from Bellport Senior High School. Immediately after graduation, Steve began working with New York Bell, NYNEX, Bell Atlantic, and ultimately he retired from Verizon. His love and passion for basketball was known and recognized by all who knew him. Because of his dexterity, his teammates named him Rope or the Rope a Dope. His love for boxing was as great as his love for basketball.


Steve never met a stranger. He was very loving and compassionate person who was always willing to go that extra mile to help someone. Steve was a class act; he had a way of telling a story that would leave you in stitches.


During his vacations in Virginia, Steve would feed the homeless. He would attend First New Birth Baptist Church in Manassas (which he called his church home away from home). Steve was most proud when he assisted the Democratic Committee of Virginia with the setup and breakdown at one of President Obama’s second campaign events held in Woodbridge, Virginia. At this event he got to shake hands with President Barack Hussein Obama.


Steve became a member of New Shiloh Baptist Church in 2000; he was active in all aspects of the church until he became ill. His legacy not only at New Shiloh Baptist Church but in life in general will always leave a lasting effect.


Steve’s joy, laughter, and love for life will certainly be missed by those of us who knew and loved him dearly. He leaves to cherish his memory his Stepfather, his fiancé, six children, three brothers and six sisters, seventeen grandchildren, a great uncle and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.



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