|Birth: ||Jun. 22, 1956|
|Death: ||Jun. 4, 2012|
WILBRAHAM - Kevin E. Ambrose, 55, Badge #7 and 36 year Police Officer for the City of Springfield, died Monday, June 4, 2012 surrounded by his loving family at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield. Kevin, a son of Arthur F. Ambrose of Springfield and the late Carlene (Farrows) Ambrose was born in Springfield on June 22, 1956. Raised in Springfield, he graduated from Springfield Technical High School and received his Criminal Justice Degree from Springfield Technical Community College. He started his career with the Springfield Police as a cadet in 1974 and became a police officer in 1976. Kevin worked in squads A, C and B, in the records division, and the traffic and detective bureaus. He received commendations in 1978, 1993, 1999, and 2005. Kevin coached youth soccer, baseball and basketball for many years. He resided in Springfield most of his life and in Wilbraham for the past 24 years and was a communicant of St. Cecilia's Church. Kevin was an avid sports fan, he enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the police golf league and enjoyed watching the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Bruins, and Celtics. Kevin loved to spend time with his family especially his granddaughter, Victoria. In addition to his father Arthur and granddaughter Victoria, Kevin is survived by his wife of 30 years, Carla J. (Cyr) Ambrose; a daughter, Krista M. Ambrose and a son, Kyle B. Ambrose of Wilbraham; a brother, Martin Ambrose and his wife Anne of Wilbraham; two sisters, Donna Sheperd and her husband Richard of Longmeadow and Karen Illig and her fiance Norman Levesque of Springfield; his father and mother-in-law, Ronald and Alice (Leonard) Cyr of Wilbraham; a brother-in-law Bryon Cyr and his wife Eileen of Wilbraham; a sister-in-law, Missy Cyr of Ludlow; three nieces, Julie, Jodi, and Maura; three nephews, Kevin, Sean, and Brenden; and his loyal companion his dog, Zeus. Visiting hours for Kevin will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Sampson's Chapel of the Acres Funeral Home, 21 Tinkham Road, Springfield. Friends are asked to meet on Friday morning, June 8, 2012 at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1023 Parker Street, Springfield to Celebrate the Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. for Kevin. Rites of Committal and Interment will follow in Hillcrest Park Cemetery, 895 Parker Street, Springfield. Memorial contributions in Kevin's memory may be made to the Kevin E. Ambrose Memorial Fund, c/o Greater Springfield Credit Union, 1030 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA 01109.
Published in The Republican
from June 5 to June 8, 2012
Killed in the line of duty
The wake and funeral arrangements for Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose, killed in the line of duty, are being conducted by Sampson Family Chapels.
Wake: The wake will be held on Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Chapel of the Acres, 21 Tinkham Road.
Funeral: The funeral will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Catherine of Sienna Church on Parker Street.
Officer Ambrose will then be laid to rest at the Hillcrest Park Cemetery on Parker Street.
Kevin E. Ambrose Memorial Fund
c/o Greater Springfield Credit Union
1030 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01109
A last "goodbye" to Officer Kevin Ambrose
Fallen hero laid to rest
Updated: Friday, 08 Jun 2012, 3:20 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 08 Jun 2012, 1:47 PM EDT
News 22 - WWLP
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - With a 21-gun salute, the playing of "Taps," and the sounding of his cruiser's siren for the final time, Officer Kevin Ambrose was laid to rest Friday afternoon.
After a solemn funeral Mass, a long, marching procession of officers departed from the St. Catherine of Siena Church to Hillcrest Park Cemetery, which will be Officer Ambrose 's final resting place.
Marching bagpipers played the standard "Scotland the Brave" as crowds lined Parker Street to salute Springfield's fallen hero for the final time.
The marchers passed under a Giant American Flag draped over Parker Street, with the help of two Springfield Fire Department ladder trucks.
Then, thousands of mourners filed into Hillcrest Park Cemetery for the burial and final salute to this fallen hero.
During the ceremony, the fallen officer was given a 21-gun salute, before the American Flag was presented to the fallen officer's family. Then, the siren on Officer Ambrose's cruiser sounded for the final time; before Springfield police officers filed in one by one and removed their gloves in a sign of remembrance.
Earlier, at Officer Ambrose's funeral, Springfield Bishop Timothy McDonnell said that Ambrose's passing should not be referred to as a "farewell," but rather, as a "goodbye."
"They tell us that ‘goodbye' is really a contraction of ‘God be with you,' and implicit in it, ‘until we meet again.' So when we say goodbye; we say ‘God be with you, until we meet again,' because one day, we shall," McDonnell said.
Frank K Ambrose (1925 - 2014)
Carlene M. Farrows Ambrose (1929 - 2002)
Kevin E Ambrose (1956 - 2012)
Kevin E. Ambrose (1956 - 2012)**
Hillcrest Park Cemetery
Plot: 144 Q 3
Created by: Angie Robinson
Record added: Jun 05, 2012
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