By Jude Genereaux
One of the most recognizable and friendly personalities Door County visitors looked forward to seeing in Fish Creek each year was Ann Gamble, whose father once owned the former C&C Club (now Juniper’s Gin Joint). Her early exposure to the hospitality industry made Ann a veteran of our local tourism culture at a young age. After being a visitor herself for many years, Ann returned to Fish Creek in 1984 as a year-round resident. Her positive outlook and generous spirit were always on display, from her days at The Rock (now Alexander’s) to the Bayside Tavern to, most recently, Juniper’s Gin Joint.
The county unexpectedly lost Ann in the spring of 2018 and her absence is a gigantic loss to Fish Creek and all who knew her, family, friends, local residents, and visitors. An accomplished photographer, some of Ann’s excellent work hangs at the YMCA in Fish Creek and can still be seen on her Facebook page.
“My mom was a constant source of positivity. She left a memorable impression on everyone she came in contact with,” Abby, one of Ann’s three daughters, recalls fondly. “She was friendly, curious, dependable, and consistently went out of her way to help those in need. Our home was always full of stray souls she cared for. All were welcome in her world. She loved her community and never took our beautiful county for granted. She spent most of her mornings capturing photos of the sunrise, then the rest of the day was devoted to others. She was selfless and wonderful.”