MICHAEL "Mike" AMBROSE Sr.
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AMBROSE MICHAEL W. AMBROSE, SR. "Mike" Passed away on February 3, 2021 at age 82. He died peacefully, surrounded by family, in his home on Capitol Hill where he lived for 52 years. He is survived by children, Moira Ambrose Connelly (and husband Rich Connelly), Michael Ambrose, Jr. (and wife Frieda Leonard), Nelly Ambrose (and husband Vince Tur-Rojas), and Peggy Ambrose Franzen; grandchildren, Kathleen, Allison, Patrick, and Nora Connelly, Declan, Kieran, and Brendan Ambrose, Nicholas and Maddie Franzen (and their father Nick Franzen); and siblings Maureen Ambrose Gordon and Kelly Ambrose. He valued the companionship in recent years of Patricia Molumby. He was preceded in death by his wife Sharon Ambrose, a former D.C. City Councilmember. Mike was grateful to AA for 45 years of sobriety. He was active in the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam War movements, including being present in Montgomery, AL to welcome Dr. King and marchers from Selma and organizing federal workers to oppose the Vietnam War. He was a dedicated U.S. civil servant, a career he considered a calling. He took pride in his work helping to launch HeadStart and later senior positions in the Children's Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services, including Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau. He also volunteered with the boards of the ACLU, St. Anselm's Abbey School, and Edmund Burke School (which he helped to found). He worked through the Capitol Hill Group Ministry to co-found and work for over 35 years as a volunteer at an annual tax clinic on Capitol Hill where community members could receive help to file their returns. He was an avid traveller, hiker, and trekker: he touched all the continents, climbed 40 of the 50 U.S. highpoints, repeatedly completed the 100K one-day hike along the C&O Canal, summited Kilimanjaro, and trekked to Machu Picchu. Raised in La Grange Park, IL., he attended Fenwick High School in Oak Park, IL, and Loras College in Dubuque, IA. He moved to Washington as part of a management training program in the U.S. Treasury Department. He is remembered most as a devoted father, grandfather, brother, and friend. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the ACLU or the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. A funeral Mass with social distance precautions will be celebrated at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 313 Second Street, S.E., 20003 on Tuesday, February 9, at 10 a.m., with receiving of friends at 9:30 a.m. In-person Mass is limited to 100 persons. Please sign-up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904054faaaf23a0fd0-funeral1">www.signupgenius.com/go/904054faaaf23a0fd0-funeral1. The funeral Mass will also be livestreamed at www.facebook.com/SaintPetersDC/live_videosA funeral Mass with social distance precautions will be celebrated at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 313 Second Street, S.E., 20003 on Tuesday, February 9, at 10 a.m., with receiving of friends at 9:30 a.m. In-person Mass is limited to 100 persons. Please sign-up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904054faaaf23a0fd0-funeral1. The funeral Mass will also be livestreamed at www.facebook.com/SaintPetersDC/live_videos

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Published in The Washington Post from Feb. 6 to Feb. 8, 2021.
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Shannon Christian
February 20, 2021
Mike was my Deputy Associate Commissioner, par excellence, at the Child Care Bureau, ACF, HHS. He was a dedicated manager who earned much well-deserved respect. He was dapper, funny, and could be counted on to handle any situation with diplomacy and grace. Since his retirement from federal service, I have missed him time and again. Despite butting heads now and then, we were a productive team and had a lot of fun. Those of us still working in the child care arena fondly remember our hard work with Mike to promote President Bush’s Good Start, Grow Smart agenda for increasing the school readiness of young children. It’s a good legacy that helped raise new awareness about the importance of children's early years. My sympathy goes out to his family and friends. He will surely be deeply missed.
Shannon Christian
Coworker
February 9, 2021
My sincerest condolences. Mike and I worked in the Children's Bureau together. His insight and dedicated to the work were inspiring. I am the current Deputy in Bureau, the position that he once held. I will always be grateful to him for his mentoring. He made my transition into the position less rocky that it could have been and he was a master at managing sticky personnel issues. He was a good friend and a good man. He is and will continue to be missed.
Joe Bock
Coworker
February 8, 2021
I feel so blessed to have known "Highpoint Mike" as I lovingly called you. You were a One-Day Hike (ODH) training friend to me, and to so many others, over the years... Always willing to slow-down to match my pace for a fun chat before continuing on at your much brisker normal pace. You shared a lot with me, to include your love of the Highpoints. I will miss our deep philosophical discussions... But, I have a feeling you've got it all figured out now! :) Love, Your Sibling-in-Christ, Pammy Sue
Pamela S. LaFontaine
Friend
February 7, 2021
Together over the years Mike and I walked the Camino de Santiago, both the French and Portuguese Routes, and The Thames Path. On these long distance walks, we had a lot of time to talk and really got to know one another. He was a man with many interests and truly devoted to causes he believed in. I learned a lot being in Mike’s company. I am going to miss him.
John Ryan
Friend
February 7, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Mike and I were In the IRS Intern class of 1964. He will be missed.
Richard Waldman
Coworker
February 6, 2021
My deepest condolences to his wonderful family and oh, so many friends. I am grateful to have walked many miles with him, having the pleasure of his company. Always smiling, always kind; a big heart and gentle soul. Keep on trekking, Mike!
Mike Darzi
Friend
February 6, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. I was fortunate enough to have spent about 2 weeks with Mike on a trek to Bhutan. I remember him for his endurance and whit. Peace be with you.
Greta Carriger
February 6, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. I was fortunate enough to have spent about 2 weeks with Mike on a trek to Bhutan. I remember him fondly for his endurance and whit. Peace be with you.
Greta Carriger
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