Russell Louis Ambrose

August 26, 1927 - December 23, 2001

08/26/1927 - 12/23/2001

Past Services

Friday January 04, 2002
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Saturday January 05, 2002
10:00 am
St. Matthews Catholic Church
3314 Sandra Lane
Virginia Beach, VA
757.420.6310 | Directions


Russell Louis Ambrose, 74, of Virginia Beach died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, December 23, 2001.

Born in Nazareth, Pennsylvania to the late Frank and Mary Ambrose, he was a retired U.S. Navy Chief and served for 20 years. He participated in World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Lebanon Crisis. After retiring from the Navy, he worked at his barbershop as a barber stylist and as a Notary Public. He was a member of St. Matthews Catholic Church since 1959. As a member of the Knights of Columbus St. Matthews Council #10601, he held the state record for recruitment and was a Fourth Degree Knight in the M.J. O’Keefe Assembly #1162 of Norfolk. He was a lifetime member of the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 60, a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post 4809, a member of the American Legion Post No. 327 and a lifetime member of the Tidewater Coin Club where he served as a past president, a past vice-president and was a current active member on the board of directors.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Daphne Ambrose; four children, Paul C. Ambrose, Donna Marie Thornton, Frank O. Ambrose, and Jacqueline Theresa Ambrose; grandson, Anthony James Thornton- all of Hampton Roads; sister, Viola Burley of Nazareth, Pennsylvania; his aunt, Rose Nicefaro and three uncles, Pat, Jimmy and Louis DeNardo- all of Bangor, Pennsylvania.

The visitation will be held in Altmeyer Funeral Home, Virginia Beach Chapel on Friday, January 4, 2002 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm with a Chalice Ceremony to be conducted at 7:00pm. A Mass of the Resurrection Funeral Service will be celebrated on Saturday, January 5, 2002 at 10:00am in St. Matthews Catholic Church. Burial at sea with full Navy Honors will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Russell L. Ambrose Memorial Fund at P.O. Box 41012, Norfolk, VA. 23541

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sharon mcclure
8 years ago

Ambrose and I exchange different things when i needed something notarized I would always call Ambrose, when his granson or someone in his family needed a tow he would call me. The female tow truck driver and the only other person that he could find that made homemade canned peppers. Sure do miss you Ambrose


Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus
8 years ago

Daphne and Family,

Our heartfelt sympathy for your loss.

Russ was a good man and he will be missed by all of us.

May God bless you and yours.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Ladies Auxiliary at

St. Matthew’s.

Red & Mary Snowden
8 years ago

Daphne and Family,

Mary & I want to convey our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Russ was a special person and he will be missed. May God accept Russ into His arms and Bless you and your family.

Mary & Red

Patrick M. Holleran
8 years ago

Dear Daphne and Family

We were sorry to hear that Russ passed away. I have always enjoyed seeing and talking to you both at the 10:15 Mass at Saint Matthew’s. I also will remember ushering the 10:15 Mass with Russ, he was a gentle and compassionate man. I will keeep you both in my prayers.

Pat and Linda Holleran

Ruth J. Walsh Haus
8 years ago

Dear Daphne,

I’m sorry to see that your dear husband,Russ, has passed away.I wish you and your family strength to get through this great loss.

I was going with Carl Swindell and we used to see you at the dances. I am now married to a wonderful person.

My number is 547 3409, I would love to speak with you when you have time.

With love from Bob and Ruth Haus.

Buddy Lane
8 years ago

I was very sadden to learn of Russ passing.He was a good man and my Barber for 30 years.He will be missed.With Sympathy. Buddy Lane

Robert La Greca
8 years ago

To The Ambrose Family,

Mrs Ambrose, YOu know I loved Rus, and you, when i moved here 4yrs ago, Rus treated me like family. I will miss him much and never forget him.

Love Robert