Herbert Ambrose, 65

Mechanic, musician

April 08, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Herbert W. Ambrose, a retired auto mechanic, musician and powerboat racing enthusiast, died of cancer Wednesday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The Northwood resident was 65.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Gardenville, he was a 1962 Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School graduate. As a young man, he worked as an automobile mechanic before joining the Army and being stationed in Germany and at Aberdeen Proving Ground. He completed his military service in 1970 as an ordnance specialist.

During his high school years, Mr. Ambrose played guitar and sang with several professional groups in the Baltimore area.

In 1957, at the age of 14, he joined a group called the Adjectives and played at local clubs, including Sweeney's, Sid's Lounge, Jazz City, the Imperial Lounge and Hollywood Park. He also performed with the Dual Tones, the Sequins and Too Many Adjectives.

In the 1970s, he moved to Florida and worked as an auto mechanic. He returned to Baltimore in 1983 and worked for Gallas Auto in Hamilton, Jerry's Chevrolet and SAVCO. He retired from the auto business in 1998 after injuring his back.

A military graveside ceremony will be held at 10:45 a.m. today at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, 11501 Garrison Forest Road.

Survivors include his mother, Anna M. Ambrose of Baltimore; a daughter, Jennifer Suttner of Towson; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson. A daughter, Teresa Ambrose Clemens, died in 1994. His marriage to Carol Dahms ended in divorce. He was also divorced from the former Betty Wiese.

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