John C. Ambrose, 60, of Panama City Beach, Florida, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, February 6, 2011. Family and his many friends will gather at the Chapel at the Beach, located in the Rosemary Beach Town Hall, on Saturday, February 12, 2011. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a memorial service following at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be submitted or viewed at www.southerlandfamily.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org or to Alaqua Animal Refuge at www.alaquaanimalrefuge.com
John C. Ambrose, the son of Phyllis and F. Van Ambrose, was born in Kankakee, Illinois on December 6, 1950. Mr. Ambrose spent his early childhood in Forrest, Illinois, where he attended grade school. Subsequently, he moved to Cherokee, where he graduated from Washington High School.
Upon graduation, he joined the US Army, serving in the First Air Cavalry in Vietnam where he was awarded two Bronze Stars including one for valor in the service of his country. After returning home, he earned a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Iowa with majors in Political Science and Education and minors in Sociology, Economics and History.
Over the next 35 years, Mr. Ambrose enjoyed a successful business career with leadership positions in several different industries, including higher education publishing and internet development. Having lived and worked in Denver, Washington DC, Tampa, San Francisco, New York City, and Boston, Mr. Ambrose moved to Panama City Beach in 2002 to pursue a new career in real estate sales and development. This included participating in the launch of Wild Heron and was one of the first residents there as well as a founding member of Sharks Tooth Golf Club. More recently, Mr. Ambrose decided to embark on a new entrepreneurial venture by opening two Great Clips hair salons in Bay and Walton counties.
John was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his wife, Lynn Richardson; three brothers, Michael Van Ambrose (Suzanne), P. Thomas Ambrose (Linda), and Richard James Ambrose (Mary); one sister, Kathleen Mary Menke (Randy); and several nieces and nephews.