Elgin AMBROSE
Elgin AMBROSE
Elgin AMBROSE
Elgin AMBROSE
Elgin AMBROSE
Elgin AMBROSE
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Obituary of Elgin Glen AMBROSE

Elgin Glen Ambrose passed away moments after sunrise Saturday, June 5, 2021 surrounded by his three children. Our deepest gratitude for the extraordinary compassion and gentleness offered by the heroes at the Victoria Hospice Society in his final days. A proud son of Saskatchewan, Elgin was born in Assiniboia, September 17, 1948. His favourite sound was the shouts of “Hey, it’s Mr. A!” which followed him throughout his life. That’s what happens when you are a well-loved and respected teacher. You can’t hide from your fans. He inspired hundreds of students, teaching at Nutana Collegiate from 1980-1995 and then Bedford Road Collegiate until 2006. He loved, canoeing, hiking and camping and imparted that love of the outdoors to his children and grandchildren. Family trips often included visits to Vancouver Island so moving there after retirement felt natural. Living on the edge of the world in Ucluelet BC, Elgin and his faithful golden lab Cheswick thrived in a community of like-minded artisans. He then moved to Sooke BC in 2013 and once again became a fixture in the music and arts community. No one on Earth could ever be a stranger in Elgin’s presence for long. Striking up a chat with anyone anytime about anything proved irresistible. Artistic pursuits fuelled Elgin throughout and he just may have been CBC Radio’s biggest fan!Woodworking, carving, drawing and painting were his main creative outlets. He also applied his keen mind and sensitive eye to the construction of several homes in Martensville and Saskatoon. Elgin was passionate about supporting his artistic colleagues through his work on the Pacific Rim Arts Society and the Sooke Arts Council. Often bringing people together in drawing groups, Elgin recognized that true happiness comes from being with others and sharing what you’ve learned. Above all, he loved being a father and grandfather. Elgin offered so many life lessons that he quite literally will be remembered in every kind action, every coffee at The Stick, every sunset and above all in the work ethic and thoughtfulness of his children. Ways to honour Elgin can include supporting local artists, always remembering there is a hard G in his name (Elg-in) or making a terrible pun followed by a wink. ;) Elgin will be forever celebrated by his son Nathan and daughters Jenny (Patrick) and Erica (Kirk) and their mom Jeannette. His two bright and beautiful grand-children, Miles and Ilyana, delighted Elgin with their music, artwork, and hugs. Predeceased by his parents George and Eunice and sister Sharon, Elgin is survived by brothers Hilluary (Sally) and Russell (Julie), sister Janice (Jim) and many loving nieces and nephews. Elgin's cousin Brian was an angel on earth this past year, hanging out in Sooke, going on walks together where they could both complain about the price of gas and how nostalgia just ain’t what it used to be. Special thanks to MaryAnn, Christine, and Anna who helped care for Elgin at home. You can make a donation to Victoria Hospice in Elgin's honour by clicking the tab below the tribute wall. A celebration of a life well lived will occur in July 2021 - details TBD
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