John D’Ambra, 78, of Galveston, passed away Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at Jennie Sealy Hospital from pulmonary complications, surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 9, 1938 in Acitrezza, Sicily, Italy. John and his wife owned and operated D’Ambra Meat Market and Grocery for more than 30 years. John was a member of the Italian American Association and a Third and Fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus # 787.
John enjoyed fishing and crabbing, especially at his bay house in Virginia Point, which was destroyed during Hurricane Ike. He loved cooking what he caught for all his friends at VP. There was never a day that he was not cooking. As one of his friends said, John made Virginia Point so special.
Holiday dinners were always with John’s children and other family members. John received such joy out of making the holidays a special event for the family. The D’Ambra house was the center of activity during the holidays. John and his wife, Rose, made holidays special by cooking for the entire family. There was always love and laughter that filled the entire house.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Domenica and Anello D’Ambra, and brother, Tony D’Ambra.
John leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 52 years, Rose. He will forever remain in the hearts of many including his beloved children: Donna D’Ambra Dostal and husband, Robert; Dr. Anello D’Ambra and wife, Lisa; granddaughter, Heather Lively Morris and husband, Brett; great granddaughter (and the love of his life), Addison Morris; sisters-in-law, Tina Arcidiacono and Angie Abbott and husband, Harry; brothers, Joe D’Ambra and wife, Nancy; and Anello D’Ambra, Jr.; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
John’s family will receive visitors beginning at 4:00 pm, Sunday, August 21, 2016, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary will begin at 5:30 pm.
Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Monday, August 22, 2016, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Fr. Frank Fabj as celebrant. Entombment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Brett Morris, Sammy Arcidiacono, David Minesinger, Chris Loftin, Christian Loftin, Mike Salinas, Sebastian Salinas, Jimmy D’Ambra, and Joseph Patane.
John’s family wishes to extend special thanks to Kim Gonzales, John’s sitter, whom he loved dearly; and to all the doctors and nurses at UTMB ICU 8-A, especially Dr. Mohammed Zaidan for all his special care and comfort to the family; and to Wynoa Wyche, RN, from Texas Home Health Hospice for all the support and care shown to our family.