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Ambrose Birtwell Jr.

d. April 28, 2020

Ambrose (Birt) Birtwell, Jr. Born in Accrington, Lancashire, England on September 24, 1922 to Ambrose Birtwell, Sr. and Sarah Longden Birtwell.

He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Louise Holman Birtwell, Hingham. Daughter Jean Williams (Roger), Chatham, MA and sons Ken Birtwell, Harwich, MA and Allan Birtwell (Veronica), Standish, ME. Sister, Dorothy O'Brien, Bradenton, FL Seven grandchildren, fourteen great grand children and 2 great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Frederick Birtwell and A. Allan Birtwell and his daughter in law, Geri Birtwell.

He came to Massachusetts as a young child. He spent most of his youth in Foxboro, MA., graduating from Foxboro High School in 1940. He spent many years in the US Navy. First aboard ships in WWll, and the Korean Conflict. He then became part of the U.S. Naval Air, serving at NAS South Weymouth, MA., Dallas, TX, and Alameda, CA.

He was a perfectionist in all aspects of his life. From personal grooming, his yard, pre-heated dinner plates to his wallpaper hanging business. This attention to detail resulted in many happy customers.

He and Louise (“Isn’t she beautiful!”) visited almost every state in the continental U.S. with their Lazy Daze RV. When complete retirement happened in 2004 they moved to Linden Ponds. He almost immediately started a group playing Mexican Train Dominoes. He spent time volunteering in the library and with the veterans group. It was with the veterans group that he showed his perfectionism. He took great pride in being one of the volunteers to put the American flags in the ground for the various holidays. And then he was very meticulous about how they were stored away!

He loved music. Instead of playing his keyboard in Rose Court he sang to his caregivers. These caregivers have become his family’s heroes. They were the ones to care for him when he became one of Covid-19’s victims. We are so grateful that they were with him when wecould not be. Thank you, Rose Court.

A celebration of his life will be held in the fall.

Donations in memory of Ambrose can be made to The Greater Boston Food Bank, 70 S. Bay Ave, Boston, MA 02118 or your local food pantry in his honor.

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