Joseph Gambarini

Pontypridd is in mourning of one of its most popular characters in decades

The death of Pontypridd’s favourites has left thousands across the Welsh valleys saddened as tributes pour in from far and wide.

Joseph Gambarini of Princes restaurant passed away at the Prince Of Wales hospital yesterday.

Joseph was the heart and soul of probably Pontypridd’s favourite establishment. A true gentleman of a man.

He was born and bred in the Welsh town and a visit to Princes restaurant was a must when visiting the town.

Staff remember him as the best boss they could have ever wished for whilst customers adored him as he had time for everyone.

Thousands of tributes have been pouring from all over South Wales as the shock news spreads regards Joseph’s passing.

Dean Powell, formerly the editor of the Pontypridd Observer summed up the towns great loss as he said:” I’ve regularly visited the cafe with my late mother since I was a little boy. As I head towards my 50th birthday I still visit every time I come to Pontypridd. For a number of years, I was editor of the Observer and got some great stories from the locals in Princes. Joe was always a great host and we always had time to chat and catch up: I will certainly miss him greatly. God bless.”

Meanwhile Terry Cotton from Rhydfelin tells of how his memory will live on in Wales for decades yet, Terry said: ” Everybody knew Joseph and I mean everybody, you hadn’t been to Ponty if you hadn’t visited Princes for a brekkie, he was the kindest of men and that memory will live on for decades yet”

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