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Marvin Gangemi,92


James “Marvin” Gangemi, 92, of Williamstown, MA died peacefully on Tuesday, November 23rd 2021 surrounded by family at the Bennington Veterans Home in Bennington, VT. Marvin was born in North Adams, MA, son of the late Dr. Michael A. Gangemi and Evelyn (O’Neil) Gangemi, and was about to celebrate 68 years of marriage with his loving wife Mary (Morrissey) Gangemi.


Marvin graduated from Williston Academy in 1948, Tufts University in 1952, and received a Masters Degree in Education from North Adams State College in 1960. Marvin served in the US Air Force during the Korean War.


Marvin was fulfilled by sharing his passion for the outdoors and was in his element when surrounded by his students and family. He was known for his love of all creatures, especially his loving labradors. He was dedicated to the Williamstown community, serving in the Williamstown Public Schools from 1956 until his retirement in 1992 where he positively impacted many young lives as a beloved coach, teacher, principal, and superintendent. He took pride in being a co-founder of the Williamstown Little League. He, along with his wife Mary, served on the board of directors of A Better Chance. Marvin was also on the board of directors of the Williamstown Boys Club, serving as its president for several years, and later served on the board of directors for the Hoosic River Watershed Association.


In the 1960s he and his wife Mary founded Camp Tamarack in Florida, MA which they operated for 20 years, welcoming youth from surrounding towns to experience the joys of the outdoors and develop lifelong friendships. In 1984 he and Mary started a successful bed and breakfast at Steep Acres Farm, which became a gathering place for Williams College Alumni, and attracted visitors from all over the world.


Marvin was a devoted husband, father, and friend and loved gathering with his large extended family. He married Mary (Morrissey) Gangemi in 1953 and they raised a family of six children. Marvin is survived by his wife Mary (Morrissey) Gangemi of Williamstown, MA, son Daniel Gangemi of Sarasota, FL, daughter Sarah Bardo and husband Seth of Stamford, VT, daughter Johanna Gangemi-Brown and husband Boyd of Gold Hill, CO, son John Gangemi and wife Robin Bissell of Columbia Falls, MT, son Anthony Gangemi and wife Dabney Langellier of Whitefish, MT, and daughter Mary Kate Bronder and husband Michael of Andover, MA. Marvin is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his sisters Annetta Gleason, Mary E. Ramm, Jeanne Durocher, and his brother Michael Gangemi.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Berkshire Humane Society at To add to the Book of Memories, please visit


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My deepest condolences the the whole, loving Gangemi family. Marv was such a kind and positive influence in my life. I love his sense of humor. Such a wonderful part of my ‘second family.’
from: John Whitneyon: 12-01-2021

We are so sorry to read of Marvin Gangemi's passing. We knew him as a fellow-innkeeper in town as well as an elementary school teacher. The teachers of that era would often plan parties for the holidays and special occasions and they had the best time! It was a joy to see! In later years after most had retired Marvin would get them together for a breakfast from time to time. He fostered a great comrade among them. We always enjoyed seeing him at The Inn. Extending condolences to the family.
Carl and Marilyn Faulkner, Retired from The Williams Inn.
from: Carl and Marilyn Faulkneron: 11-30-2021

I have always remembered Marvin Gangemi from the 5th and 6th grades in the Grant School. He was a wonderful story teller and a great person - always remembering me years after I finished school. Having been a teacher and then a high school principal of 45 years - they don't make them like him anymore. Rest in peace.
from: Robert Y Burnson: 11-30-2021

I send condolences and prayers to Mary and your family at this sad time.
from: Terry Tafton: 11-30-2021

Dear Mary I was so sorry to learn of Marvin's passing. I always enjoyed his humor and seeing the two of you at Faculty Club events. My deepest sympathy, Patrick Quinn
from: Patrick Quinnon: 11-30-2021

I remember Mr. Gangemi so well from going to Camp Tamarack. He was always smiling and making sure we all had fun. Some really good childhood memories were made there!
from: Amber Modenaon: 11-30-2021

Sincere condolences to Mrs. Gangemi, Danny, and the whole Gangemi family. Mr. Gangemi was my 5th grade teacher in Southworth school and I always respected him. Williamstown boys club basketball would have never been the same without him. I will keep him in your family and my thoughts and prayers.
from: Michael R. Diodati, Sr.on: 11-29-2021