Ambrose, John Francis of St. Thomas, passed away on Saturday, August 9th, 2014, at the age of 85. Dearly loved husband and best friend of 60 years of Bea (Neale) Ambrose and much loved father of Neal Ambrose (Judy), Phil Ambrose (Kim), Cathy Ambrose (Don), Nancy Milles (John), all of St. Thomas and Ted Ambrose (Susan) of Toronto. Loved grandfather of Tim (Kelly), Kelly (Rob), Becky, Michael (Tiffany), Aaron, John, Brennan, Bobby, Mitchell, Kristin, Jennifer, Christopher and Anthony and Great grandfather of Maya, Connor, Ella, Cal, Chloe, Haley and Brooks. Dear brother of Thomas Ambrose (Virginia), Barbara Orlandini (Babe) and Joseph Ambrose (Janet) and brother-in-law of Sally Ambrose ( and the late Marie Ambrose) all of New Jersey. Predeceased by 2 brothers Philip and Paul Ambrose. Sadly missed by a number of nieces and nephews. John was born in Vineland, New Jersey on June 20th, 1929, the son of the late Philip and Madeline (Fiori) Ambrose. He moved to St. Thomas in 1954 to play baseball for the St. Thomas Elgin’s Baseball Team. John played professional baseball for 6 years with the Dodgers and Braves organizations. He played on two inter county championship teams. And with the Elgin’s Basketball in winning the Ontario Association Basketball Championship. He was a U.S. Veteran. John enjoyed gardening, cooking and his family, especially spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He owned and operated a plumbing business in St. Thomas over 40 years. John was a member of St. Anne’s Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Sports Spectacular Committee and a founding member of the Friends of St. Joseph’s.
The family will receive friends at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Prayers will be recited at the funeral home on Wednesday evening at 9:00 p.m. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anne’s Church on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Remembrances may be made to A.L.S. (Dr. Strong Research, London) or to St. Thomas Minor Baseball Association, in lieu of flowers.