Family remembers Anthony Gamache, victim of Pittsfield shooting, as 'most comical guy in the world'

Last modified: Saturday, November 22, 2014

GOSHEN — Caring, respectful and “the most comical guy in the world” are the words the friends and family of Anthony Gamache use to describe the late Goshen man, who died Wednesday after suffering a gunshot wound in what police term a drug transaction.

“He would give you the shirt off his back,” his wife, Frances Gamache, said in an interview Friday. “He was the love of my life.”

Gamache, 29, died the day after he was shot in the leg in a vehicle in the parking lot of Big Y on West Street in Pittsfield, according to a report by the Berkshire Eagle. He was then driven to a friend’s home.

According to Goshen Fire Capt. Bob Labrie, emergency responders were called to a home at 34 Main St. at 6:21 p.m. for a male who was fainting. Gamache was in cardiac arrest when EMTs and paramedics arrived and they performed CPR. He was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Charged with shooting Gamache is Peter Campbell, 18, of Pittsfield, who pleaded not guilty Thursday** to charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, according to the Eagle. It’s unclear if charges will be upgraded in light of Gamache’s death.

His wife recalled his sense of humor, which once landed him in an episode of MTV’s “Ridculousness,” a show that compiles and critiques online videos of people finding themselves in troublesome situations.

An episode in the fall showed her husband sinking a boat, she said.

But when it came to being there for his family, he did not take his responsibilities lightly, she said.

“He was loving. He was caring. He was an awesome family man,” said Frances Gamache. “Everybody loved Tony.”

Incident details

The Eagle reported that Campbell and another man entered the vehicle, and one of the men told Gamache that he had “six seconds.”

Campbell then shot him in the leg, according to the report.

Pittsfield police told the Eagle that Campbell and another man met Gamache and two friends in the lot for a marijuana deal.

Frances Gamache said that according to her conversation with one of the witnesses, no drug deal took place, and that the men shot her husband while attempting to rob him.

“It’s not a drug deal gone bad,” she said. “It was actually a robbery.”

The family declined to identify the witness.

Frances Gamache, 39, said she and her husband were married on Aug. 25, 2013, on top of Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield. Together they had a blended family of six children. Anthony Gamache had one biological son, Cody Rooney, who is 15 and lives with his mother, said Frances Gamache.

Living with them in Goshen were Frances’ sons, Brendon and Michael Collette, 16 and 18, and daughter, Alyssa Collette, 20. Her daughter Carrisa Collette, 22, lives in Williamsburg, and son Corey Bengis, 25, lives in Florence.

Alyssa Collette said that when her father, Timothy Collette, died earlier this year, Gamache stepped up and took on the role of a father.

“I have the utmost respect for that man,” she said of Gamache. “He did whatever he could to help us.”

She said she shared many inside jokes with Gamache and that she had a nickname for him that only she called him: Tone Bone Malone.

Michael Collette remembers Gamache as one of his best friends. “I could go to him about anything, and he would do his best to help me through it,” said Collette.

Gamache’s close friend, Cesar Korney of Greenfield, said Gamache would “give his heart to anybody.”

“If he had the money, he would feed the whole world if he could,” said Korney, 31. “That was the kind of man he was.”

** This story has been corrected from a previous version.

Gena Mangiaratti can be reached at Rebecca Everett can be reached at

The Berkshire Eagle and the Associated Press contributed to this report.


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