Homer Bond Ambler
WILMINGTON- Homer Bond Ambler, 90, died Tuesday, May 29, surrounded by his family. Born in Bristol, CT, on October 12, 1927, he was the son of the late Homer and Lillian (Ashley) Ambler. He is survived by his devoted wife of 68 years, Barbara (Reiman) Ambler, and their five children, Carol Saraceno and husband Mario, Robert and wife Barbara, Thomas, Roger and his wife Karen, and Michael. Mr. Ambler leaves 12 loving grandchildren, as well as 11 great-grandchildren.
After growing up in Portland, Mr. Ambler enlisted in the US Army, where he served as staff sargent in the occupation forces in Japan after WWII. Upon returning home, Mr. Ambler was hired by Cromwell Motors. Soon after he met the love of his life, Barbara, and they settled in Cromwell, where Mr. Ambler continued his life of service.
He volunteered for the Cromwell Fire Department for 35 years, holding the positions of assistant chief and fire marshal. Mr. Ambler also served in a variety of youth organizations, including 4-H, YMCA Indian Guides, and Cromwell Sea Scouts. While raising his family, Mr. Ambler held a variety of jobs including maintenance supervisor at both Cromwell Hills and Queens Convalescent Home. In 1976 Mr. Ambler and his wife opened Ambler’s Bakery and Deli in Cromwell. Despite a busy work schedule, Mr. Ambler always made time for the annual cross-country family camping excursions.
In 1986 he completed the construction of his retirement home. He and Barbara then moved to Wilmington where he would spend the next 32 years building not only barns, stables, and fences, but also countless, life-long memories for his extended family and friends.
Affectionately known as “The Mayor of Boyd Hill Road,” Mr. Ambler could always be found helping his neighbors, endlessly giving his time and talents. While in Vermont, he and Barbara owned and operated a horse boarding facility, which forged the beginning of lifelong friendships of Belvedere Farm. Mr. Ambler could easily be found riding his tractor, cooking a family meal or planning one of his famous parties.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, June 9, at the Coles Road Fire Department in Cromwell, CT. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Cromwell Fire Department, PO Box 269, Cromwell, CT 06416.