NORMAN ALEXANDER GAMBLE
California’s oldest Public Accountant
1918 – 2011
Norman (Norm) Gamble, California’s oldest practicing Public Accountant, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, June 29th.
He opened his practice in Newport Beach in 1943 and continued it unabated until he died last week following a brief illness. Norm was part of the cadre of industrious individuals who arrived in Newport seventy years ago to build the foundation upon which Newport’s successful growth would follow. Norm’s accounting practice included the many business arenas in the halcyon years of Newport’s emergence as a southern California power house; however, the specialty of his practice was restaurants. With that focus he was instrumental in the formation and continuing operation of a variety of successful regional restaurant chains that had their roots in Newport. Some of those included Chart House, The Rusty Pelican, Jolly Roger, Coco’s (Far West Services’ Snack Shops, Reuben’s, Reuben E. Lee), as well as many local quality restaurants such as Quiet Woman.