Friends in his home city yesterday paid glowing tributes to aid worker Dr Gamble, who had spent the last month providing dental services for a charity in Kenya. Businessman Denis MacSweeney said: “He was a generous person, devoted to doing good and offering help to people in so many ways. His many good deeds will never be known.
“As a friend, he was the best and most loyal that anyone could ever have and he will be deeply missed,” said Mr MacSweeney.
Dr Gamble, 61, died instantly on Monday when his rented vehicle was involved in a road traffic accident on a tourist route about 450 kilometres from Capetown.
His son Eugene, also a dentist, who escaped serious injury, had spent a month in Nairobi with his father on an aid mission.
Mrs Gamble had travelled to South Africa to join her husband and son for a holiday in the Capetown region.
Dr Gamble, from Sunday’s Well, was semi-retired from a partnership dental practice in MacCurtain Street. He had practiced in the city for over 30 years.
A dental colleague Dave Murray and Mr MacSweeney were close friends who, until recent years, regularly participated in minimarathons and road runs.
“I last spoke to him before he headed off to Kenya,” said Mr MacSweeney. “Paddy was full of beans and looking forward to the aid work.”
Cork’s lord mayor Colm Burke extended the sympathy of the people of the city to the family of Dr Gamble whose passing was a tragic loss.
The secretary general of the Irish Dental Association, Donal Atkins offered his condolences to the Gamble family. “Dr Gamble was a loyal member of the association throughout his professional life and played an active role in the activities of the local branch.”
Colleagues said Dr Gamble was also noted for his pioneering work in medical and dental hypnotherapy. He was a co-founder and secretary of the Irish Medical and Dental Hypnosis Society.
Dr Murray said he and his dental colleagues, Ken Moore and Brendan Russell, were devastated. “He was the cornerstone of our practice”
Dr Murray yesterday departed for South Africa with members of father-of-five Dr Gamble’s family, son Eoin and daughter Ruth. He leaves three other sons, Liam, Eugene and Patrick.