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Services Scheduled For Popular Westchester Restaurant Owner, 65

John Ambrose
John Ambrose Photo Credit: Stephanie Lombardo

Memorial services have been announced for John Ambrose, who died unexpectedly on Monday, Sept. 16, at the age of 65, one week shy of his 66th birthday.

Ambrose, who was born in the Bronx, was known throughout the area as a Westchester restauranteur for more than 40 years. He owned and operated the Crab Shanty restaurant, Seaside Johnnie's and most recently, the Pier Restaurant and Tiki Bar in Rye.

"He will forever be remembered for his warm smile, quick wit and tropical Tiki attire of colorful shorts, Tommy Bahama shirts and a wide collection of hats," his obituary said.

He is survived by his sisters, Peggy Galloway (Richard Burke), and Carol Byrnes (Tim) and brother Bill Ambrose (Anne Marie). He was  uncle to Christopher Galloway, Terrence and Kevin Ambrose and Daniel, Brian and Megan Byrnes. 

He is also survived by his longtime companion, Yolanda Ortiz.

To honor his life, family and friends will gather from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Coxe & Graziano Funeral Home at 767 E. Boston Post Road in Mamaroneck. 

A funeral Mass will held at noon Saturday, Sept. 21, at St. Gregory the Great Church at 215 Halstead Ave. in Harrison.

Memorial donations can be sent to the American Heart Association,

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