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Quattlebaum Funeral, Cremation and Event Center

5411 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL

OBITUARY

Albert Jean Gamot, Jr.

October 23, 1937February 3, 2020
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Albert Jean Gamot, Jr., 82, devoted husband, caring brother, loving father, doting grandfather, generous and steadfast friend, passionate lawyer, exceptional storyteller, wily angler, gentleman rancher, incomparable traveler, proud Pahokee Blue Devil, diehard Ole Miss Rebel, and barbeque rib and French toast master extraordinaire, departed this world from the tranquility of his sun-trenched patio at the Two Bar G Ranch in Okeechobee in search of new adventures on February 3, 2020. Taking a cue from his dearly departed father, Albert left suddenly, unexpectedly, without pain, silently whispering to the Heavens, “I go now!” Albert, the youngest of three children, was born to Albert Jean Gamot, Sr., and Gertrude Gamot, at Good Samaritan Hospital, in West Palm Beach, on October 23, 1937, and raised in Pahokee, Florida, on the banks of the Big Lake – Lake Okeechobee, where the Gamot family owned and operated Gamot’s Variety Store. Albert attended school in Pahokee and graduated from Pahokee Senior High School where he excelled in a number of sports and lettered in Football. College followed, and Albert briefly attended Florida Southern University until a difference of opinion with the Dean of Boys, gave rise to an opportunity for him to spread his wings to the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Albert graduated with his bachelor’s degree and returned to Pahokee working in the insurance industry. In 1967, his young family in tow, Albert returned to his alma mater to attend law school, graduating in 1970, and becoming a member of the Mississippi Bar. Longing for home, Albert and family returned to Pahokee, where he became a member of the Florida Bar in May 1970; beginning his forty-nine-year career practicing law in Palm Beach County, just four-months shy of fifty-years. Preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Gertrude, and survived by those desperately grieving his loss, but heartened by their memories are his wife and law partner, Melinda Penney Gamot, former wife, Joanne Todd Gamot, daughter and law partner #2, Nicole “Nicki” Gamot and her husband Mark Murray, daughter, Colette Gamot and her fiancé Brian O’Connell, sisters, Denise Hampton and Leonne Pepsidero, grandchildren Paige Murray, Ethan Murray, Albert “A.J.” Gamot-Reed and Gertrude “Gertie” Gamot-Reed, and many nieces and nephews, friends, and colleagues. Albert was not just a good person; he was the embodiment of goodness. In the words of the American journalist, Dennis Prager, “Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.” Albert knew how to treat people. A memorial to honor Albert’s life, officiated by Mr. Lee Francois, is scheduled for Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., Quattlebaum Funeral Home, 5411 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, Florida 33417, followed by a reception at 4:00 p.m., at Carmine’s Trattoria, 2401 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, 33410. All are welcome to join and celebrate with family and friends and share their memories and stories. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the University of Mississippi Foundation – University of Mississippi School of Law (662) 915-5944, or Pahokee Middle Senior High School Athletics (561) 924-6400.

  • FAMILY

  • Preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Gertrude,
    and survived by those desperately grieving his loss, but heartened by their memories are:


    His wife and law partner, Melinda Penney Gamot,


    Former wife, Joanne Todd Gamot,


    Daughter and law partner #2, Nicole “Nicki” Gamot and her husband Mark Murray,


    Daughter, Colette Gamot and her fiancé Brian O’Connell,


    Sisters, Denise Hampton and Leonne Pepsidero,


    Grandchildren, Paige Murray, Ethan Murray, Albert “A.J.” Gamot-Reed and Gertrude “Gertie” Gamot-Reed,


    and many nieces and nephews, friends, and colleagues.
  • DONATIONS

  • University of Mississippi Foundation
  • Pahokee Middle Senior High School Athletics

Services

  • A Memorial to Honor Albert's Life Saturday, February 8, 2020

Memories

Albert Jean Gamot, Jr.

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Henry & Mary Belle Ruffolo

February 15, 2020

What Joy you brought to our lives, thank you for the memories.

HPR/MBR

Enrico & Joanne Ruffolo

February 15, 2020

Our condolences to you and your family.

Sarah Lawler

February 15, 2020

Mr Gamot you will be dearly missed by family and loved ones, near and far. You were a wonderful boss and a true gentleman. May you rest in paradise

Richard, Deborah & Children Bennett

February 15, 2020

We luv you Albert and you will b missed you was our brother and best friend for the last 25 years our hearts goes out to the family Melinda and the rest of the family we luv you!

Karen Klotz

February 15, 2020

I'm so sorry to be reading this. May your many memorable memories bring you strength and comfort.

Karen Klotz, Royal Palm Beach, FL

Carole Orr

February 13, 2020

Please accept my deepest sympathy, Melinda and the entire Gamot clan.
I have many memories of your wonderful Albert, dating back to West Palm Beach in the late 1950's when he knocked on my mother's door to pick me up for a date. Only one problem: I didn't have a date with Albert - - I had a date with one of his best friends. I said hello to Albert, and asked where "Billy" (my date) was. He blushed and ducked his head, and said, "He's in the car. I'm driving." Albert then escorted me to the front passenger seat and there was Billy, MY date, in the back seat with the girl who was supposed to be Albert's date! Turned out the boys had decided to switch dates and did not bother telling us girls! You can guess how that turned out for Albert and Billy. They struck out without ever getting to bat. Needless to say, Albert got a lot smarter as he got older.

I always had a soft spot for Albert. You couldn't know him without loving him. My late husband, Tommy, and I enjoyed a long and precious personal and professional relationship with both Albert and dear Melinda. I was, and still am, devastated by his death. I always looked forward to the prospect of seeing him again. Now it seems I will have to wait a while.
Carole Orr, Jupiter FL

Melanie Hessee

February 12, 2020

As my lawyer you helped me through some crazy things(as Melinda did too) we all should have spent more fun times together...you will truly be missed by all! To the whole family I will continue to keep you in my prayers!!!

Matt Morton

February 10, 2020

Albert was a good friend to my family. He was certainly an awesome guy and will be sorely missed.
God bless you sir.

John Phillips

February 8, 2020

Al has been one of the pillars of my ideals on how to be an upright attorney and a good man in this professional environment we all grew up in. He unknowingly mentored me, and a lot of others, with his kindness, politeness, professionalism, humanity, and great humor during every encounter I can ever remember. He is the man I wanted to become, which is a wonderful legacy. Thanks Al, you'll always be in my heart.

Kelli Felde

February 8, 2020

Such sad news to hear of Mr. Gamot's passing, as there goes a man who modeled for all of us a well-lived life with his decency, generosity, kindness, calm demeanor, and of course I could go on. I met Mr. Gamot when Nicki and I became best friends starting in 9th grade. While it is heartbreaking to know he is no longer with us in the living, I smile and even chuckle as I warmly remember how he calmly dealt with our teenage antics or how upon seeing me arrive at their home or his office, he would greet me in an uplifting way with his southern drawl. And I cannot express enough gratitude the generosity Mr. Gamot extended to me while growing up with Nicki. To put simply, Mr. Gamot was an outstanding human being. My sincerest condolences to Melinda, Nicki, Colette, and the rest of the family. Go rest high on that mountain, Mr. Gamot.

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