Ronald M. Ambler

NEWTON - Ronald M. Ambler, 76, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, in the arms of his beloved wife at a Bangor, Maine, hospital. He was born Dec. 5, 1935, in Flushing, N.Y., the son of Melville and Jean (Fabian) Ambler. He served in the U.S. Navy.

He started taking photographs in the sixth grade, a hobby he turned into a profession. Ron worked for the Bergen Record in Bergen County as one of their accident photographers. In 1955, Ron was hired by Eddie Fisher to be the wedding photographer when Eddie married Debbie Reynolds. Ron spent a year in California as their professional photographer. Ron also ran photography studios in Allendale and Westwood.

In 1973, he opened Castle Studio in Andover with a CB shop in the lower level, later converting the studio to Castle Video. In 1984, he purchased a building in Branchville and moved Castle Video to the new location.

Ron semi-retired in 1998, spending summers in Stockton Springs, Maine. In 2000, he converted a utility trailer into Lulu's Dog House, where he sold hot dogs and burgers while his wife ran a gift shop. In 2005, he fully retired, spending summers in Maine and winters back with family in New Jersey.

One of Ron's and Lucille's favorite pastimes was to take long rides together where Lucille would search for birds and Ron would photograph, giving them quality time together.

Ron is survived by his wife of 41 years, Lucille J. (Sallette) Ambler; sons, Timothy Ambler of New York, Kevin Ambler of Charlotte, N.C., Christopher Ambler of Oak Park, Mich., Eric Ambler of Clinton, Conn.; his mother-in-law, Lucy Sallette, of Long Beach Island; brother-in-law, Robert Sallette and his wife, Lois, of Nutley; as well as several nieces and nephews.

A commemorative Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Christ Episcopal Church, 62 Main St., Newton, with Father Robert Griner as celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made in Ron's memory to the .


Published in The New Jersey Herald on Oct. 28, 2012