Gerard A.G. Cambria born in Southampton, Long Island, NY and residing in Sugar Mill, New Smyrna Beach, FL died peacefully as a result of leukemia.
Mr. Cambria’s life’s work was ultimately a philanthropic foundation; The Bennett-Cambria Foundation, in collaboration with his wife Mrs. Geraldine Bennett Cambria, specifically established, to help in perpetuity, people who are unable to help themselves.
Mr. Gerard A.G. Cambria’s life was an illustrious one. During World War II, at the age of 23 he managed Montauk Manor, which provided military housing and dining for Officers and military personnel. Renamed “Camp Hero” in 1942, located at the eastern tip of Long Island. The Air Force station was placed as German U-Boats threatened the east coast and Long Island.
He was regarded by members after a period of 23 years as general manager of Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, Long Island, N.Y., as being, singularly responsible, for the salvage and restoration of Shinnecock considered exclusively the “Last Bastion of Elegance”, and depicted as such by Sports Illustrated.
A Journalist by profession, he conducted special assignments for Hearst Publications and Newsday. He completed special assignments for United Press as well as the Cincinnati Enquirer. He was a featured speaker from the Copley Plaza in Boston, the University Club in New York to the Breakers in Palm Beach. Having a direct front seat view, his presentations pertained to political scandals and untold true stories regarding the things people don’t know that, in his own words; they should know.
Gerard Cambria owned Country Town located in his hometown of Southampton, a successful publishing and printing enterprise. Mr. Cambria owned the Mayflower Inn, Washington, Connecticut. An Inn of national acclaim most currently purchased and owned by Goldman Sachs.
Mr. Cambria was a consummate volunteer with a special interest in charitable causes such as hospitals churches, the arts and the maintaining of Americas historical places. A designated lifetime friend of Hildene, due to a shared vision implemented, Hildene, flourishes today.
At the age of 94, he held and enjoyed his position as the No# 1 living Elk at the Elks Club, Southampton New York.
Gerard Cambria is survived by his wife Geraldine Bennett Cambria, his daughter Jill Bloemendaal as well as two grandsons.
In closing, he was a cherished, elegant man who takes with him a particular and exceptional grace at living and dying.
Funeral Mass will be 11:00 AM Thursday at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church 4000 South Atlantic Avenue New Smyrna Beach FL 32169. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4 to 6PM at Baldwin Brothers Heritage Place 1 North Causeway New Smyrna Beach FL.