Richard “Big Rich” “DJ Rich-E-Rich” “CD Rich” Ambro(se)
On Sunday, May 10, 2020, God, Richard Ambro’s mother Constance (Grehymer) Morrissey & his Stepfather William “Roger” (Wop) J. Morrissey Sr., called him home for his final visit for Mother’s Day, as he lost his 2 year battle with Brain Cancer.
He was born December 2, 1962, in Seymour, Connecticut. Richard attended Ansonia Middle School, where he became a Die-Hard Ansonia Chargers Fan & was an avid fan of Jack Hunt, he also attended John F. Kennedy High School, where he played football for the Kennedy Eagles & later transferred to Wilby High School where he then played football for the Wilby Wildcats. He graduated from Wilby High School.
He had a love for sports as he grew up in the 1970s. He took up playing football for the Waterville Vikings after high school. At the age of 19 become a body builder. He eventually joined the Navy. Over the years he became a die-hard fan of the Dallas Cowboys & the New York Yankees.
Aside from having the love of sports, he had a love for music. He became a DJ at The Blue Note in ‘82, in the Mid-90s spinning at Mingles Cafe, Pookies on East Farms Street and to having backyard parties. He then became a music event promoter. He brought famous DJs up from NYC to bring nightlife entertainment to the City of Waterbury. He became an owner of a record store called Uptown Records #2 in Ansonia alongside his buddy Brett Colucci, who was the owner of Uptown Records #1 in Waterbury. There he duplicated & labelled cds for upcoming artists, DJs and record labels such as Def Jam, FUBU & Roc-A-Fella Records. He also had a love for dirt bikes, motorcycles & cars like his white 76’ Cadillac DeVille in ‘91, his cranberry Cadillac DeVille in ‘92 and his grey & black ‘76 Cadillac DeVille in ‘99-2000.
He bought a condo in Dominican Republic where he lived for 11 years & would take his yearly leisurely trips. Rich was all about the loyalty & love for his family & friends. Rich would “never fake friend” you, as my brother Crescen Coggins would say. You knew where you stood with him, he held no punches, he knew when to be serious but was also a prankster & a jokester all the way to the near end of his life & knew what to do to make you laugh. He had many of friends far & wide anywhere from people he grew up with to people he met along the way whether it was from the music industry or from people just around the City of Waterbury.
He leaves behind his father Maurice Ambro & Step-Mother Beverly Ambro , his sister Anna Murillo, Sue Ann Hannon, his step-sister Beverly Lucido, his brothers Jeff Ambro, Brian Ambro, his step-brother Fred Parsons,, William J “BJ” Morrissey Jr, his son Rich Ambro Jr., his daughter Valorie Ambro, his grandson Aaron, his stepson Warren Spears, also has a hosts of nieces & nephews & many other family & friends.
Knowing Rich you knew there would never be a dull moment & ALWAYS a great experience. He is & will be FOREVER greatly loved, well respected & will be GREATLY missed. We Love You Rich. Rock Those Heavenly Gates & take your place next to your Heavenly Father, as he gained another GREAT soul. Thank you for the great times & awesome memories. It was definitely a honor to know you. You have left a great mark in everyone’s lives that you have influenced & impacted. Rest In Paradise. Written by your stepson, Warren Spears (DJ Warren Waxx) & sent you on your final journey home from your family & friends.
We THANK EVERYONE who has kept Rich in their prayers, thoughts, & have been in touch with him up to until his final moments. We greatly appreciated you & thank you for your time & condolences.
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