Aaron James Gangi

October 23, 2017

Aaron James Gangi

Aaron James Gangi, beloved son of Mark Joseph Gangi of Florida and Joann Mary White-Kimpel of Pennsylvania, all originally of Woburn, passed away unexpectedly Monday, October 23, in Colorado. He was 30 years old.

Born in Winchester, he spent most of his life in Woburn, where he attended the Reeves Elementary, Joyce Middle, and Woburn High Schools. AJ grew up on Day Circle on the west-side of town, where he spent countless hours playing with his neighbors. He loved all types of games and sports, from hide-and-go-seek to street hockey. There wasn’t a summer day during his childhood that wasn’t full of fun with family and friends. He also treasured “family game nights” on sundry Saturdays, when he’d test his wit and prowess against the family during heated battles of Trivial Pursuit and Life. Summer trips were another very special part of his life. No matter whether the family were heading to the cousins’ cottage in Cape Cod, the Ski Mill in Vermont, or York Beach in Maine, Aaron both looked forward to and relished his time during those reprieves. Roughing it, tenting it, campfiring-and-doughboying it–he enjoyed it all.

Aaron’s times as a teen were equally memorable. During his later years in school, Aaron demonstrated a natural aptitude for academics, specifically American history. There were very few facts he couldn’t reel off about World War II if asked, and he learned much of this from his grandfather, Richard White, who fought overseas for the U.S. Beyond the classroom, he embraced multiple things. Adept at skateboarding and voracious for music, he dabbled in many pursuits. He always had a love for movies, especially those first viewed at an early age along with his many cousins. Holidays were always times during which AJ had fun. You’d constantly hear his raucous laughing while everyone would share toasts, stories, and, of course, random movie quotes. There were countless get-togethers and cookouts, all of which yielded memories he talked about well into his adulthood.

After high school, Aaron left Woburn and settled in Pennsylvania where he became an auto mechanic. He loved working on cars, partly because it allowed him to apply both his brain and brawn. He spent several years working in a shop and was constantly fixing machines of his own, too. He had real prowess in many areas of his life, both academic and otherwise; however, his true mettle went beyond all this.

There is no grading system that can really reflect AJ’s worth. Although he crushed classes during early years but struggled with juggling them thereafter, he always earned an A in caring for others. From an early age, he showed compassion towards any and all who entered his life, from animals in his backyard to people in his neighborhood. His neighborhood held many rites; in all he joined, Aaron immersed himself both in the “game at hand” and consideration for his fellow participants. He was forever a good person.

Aaron’s life ended early–of that, there’s no debate. One thing we can all take solace in is that he was always trying to find the gold in the lead. His never-ending battle against the monsters inside reminds us that we’re forced to play the same game: being human means feeling emotions. AJ went through the gamut of such, but his struggle and loss, while tragic, are not the sum total of his life. He’ll forever be missed, but also forever remembered.

Aaron James is survived by his parents, Mark J. Gangi and his wife, Rhonda, and Joann M. White-Kimpel and her husband, Jim; his siblings, Richard D., Matthew J. and his wife, Stephanie, Jamie L. Schmitt and her husband, John, and Nicole S.; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Calling hours at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, will be Tuesday evening, October 31st, from 4 to 8 pm. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.


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  1. Aaron, i really wish i had the chance to get to know you better. Your compassion is what stands out to me to this day. I know by the way your family misses you with every breath you were quite amazing. Im sorry for their loss and pain, but thankful they had you as long as they did to love and cherish you forever. You are irreplaceable and deeply missed. Xxoo

  2. Dear Mark, Joanne and Family;

    I am so, so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. You are all in my thoughts and prayers and my wish for you is to (somehow) find solace in your grief. My sincerest condolences.

    Stephanie Regan Gerard

  3. Mark and family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. May the love of family and friends bring you comfort and memories of happy times bring you some peace.
    Carolyn (MacFarland) Cribbie

  4. We are so heart broken hearing this, it’s the kind of pain that just never really goes away, you just adapt to it the best you can. We are sorry we couldn’t make it tonight but we will be praying for the family

    Caroline and Dan Fitzgerald

  5. Mark, Joanne, Richard, Matthew, Jamie and Nicole –

    Both Don and myself are saddened by your sudden and unexpected loss. I’ll always remember Aaron as my breakfast buddy during all of our years of camping. I will never make an omelet without thinking of him. Please accept our condolences.

    Our Sympathy,
    Arlene & Don

  6. Mark and Family,
    Hearing of your tragic loss, we wanted to share what we knew of your uniquely wonderful son. The Gangi family occasions allowed us to know Aaron. Like his Dad and despite the fact that he hardly knew us, Aaron would be sure to say hello and have a cheery conversation, to get to know his out-of-state cousins and allow us to learn about him. He leaves a wonderful legacy.

    All of our love is sent to you in your grief.
    Diane (Gangi) and Bob George

  7. JoAnn, Mark and family,

    My deepest heartfelt sympathy to you all on the tragic loss of you son Aaron.
    He is at peace now and in God’s loving arms.
    Back at home, in our Heaven.
    You will meet again one day.
    God bless him, and may he RIP now.

    Carole Dickinson.

  8. Joann, Mark and Aaron’s siblings,

    My heart goes out to you all. I’ll say a prayer for Aaron and wish you comfort at this terrifically sad time.

    With hugs and sympathy,
    Diane [Thompson] Smith

  9. Aaron, I am beyond devastated. You and I were especially close and I know you knew how much I cared. I’ll miss you until the day I die. I love you, bro.

    Thanks to all for the kind words. I don’t know how we’d get through this without all the love and support we’ve received. Thank you so much.

    Rich Gangi

  10. Joann ,Mark and family,
    Tony and I are deeply saddened to hear about Aaron’s passing. We know your hearts are breaking. May all the good memories of Aaron, in time, heal those wounds.
    We send our prayers and deepest sympathy,
    Lorraine & Tony Valenti

  11. Eileen Dixon

    Dear Mark, I am so sorry for the loss of your son, Aaron. I just read his obituary and what a special, kind and loving son, friend, and neighbor. As “they” say, only the good die young! I know it doesn’t help when you lose a child, but know he will be watching over you, your family, and all his friends. You and your family are in my prayers. God bless you and may Aaron RIP.

  12. mark, my heart is breaking for you, Aaron & your family. i have no words that will comfort you except you’re all in my prayers. love, nisie

  13. I’m terribly sorry for your loss. Aaron was always such a good guy. Man of his word and brutally honest. He will be sorely missed.

    Michael Dole.

  14. Mark
    I am so sorry to hear about Aaron. So young! Butch & I will keep you all in our prayers.

    Stay strong

    Betty & Butch

  15. Mark I am very sorry to hear of your loss. We will say a prayer for you, your wife and Aaron

    Richard & Brenda Sharrio

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