Comm. Ambrose Thomas Donnelly

Commander Ambrose Thomas Donnelly, USN (Retired), 76, of Williamsburg, passed away on October 18, 2012. He was preceded in death by his brother, Hugh Edward Donnelly; nephew, Edward Donnelly; niece, Susan Donnelly; father, Michael Donnelly; mother, Suzanne Maloney; uncle, Charles J. Maloney, and aunt, Bridgette Maloney.
A graduate with distinction from the U.S. Naval Officers Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, Commander Donnelly proudly served his country from 1953-1981, to include service during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, and the Good Conduct Medal. He was also a graduate of the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Upon leaving the service, Ambrose was employed in the defense industry by Raytheon.
The past president of the Rolling Woods Homeowners Association, Ambrose enjoyed reading, painting, crossword puzzles, computers, watching golf, and was a devoted Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He was also a member of St. Bede Catholic Church, Williamsburg.
He is survived by his wife, Janice M. Donnelly; four sons, Thomas Edward Donnelly (Robbie); Philip Patrick Donnelly (Jane); Robert William Donnelly (Marion); and Michael James Donnelly; seven grandchildren, Lindsey D. Melrose, John Thomas Donnelly, Heather Hernandez, Hannah D. Fahnestock, Adam Thomas Donnelly, Jeffery Michael Nichols, and Timothy Mercer; two great-grandsons, and a multitude of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd, Williamsburg, VA on Tues., Oct. 23, 6-8 p.m. A mass of the Christian burial will be offered at St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Rd, Williamsburg on Wed., Oct. 24 at 9 a.m. A graveside service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the , P.O. Box 5216 , Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216 or visit; St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23188; or to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, 355 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10017-6603 or visit Online condolences may be expressed at

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Published in Virginia Gazette from Oct. 20 to Nov. 19, 2012