AMBROSE BROADERS Bay de Verde
For Ambrose Broaders of Bay de Verde, the Christmas season is a time of mixed emotions. As a child, he remembers it being a rather difficult time for his mother, Kathleen, who passed away two years ago at age 92.
John Bernard Broaders, Kathleen’s husband, died of cancer just days before Christmas 54 years ago. Ambrose was just 10 days old.
“My father was buried on Christmas Eve, and she had to come home and put up a tree,” Ambrose stated.
Left with three young children, Ambrose said it wasn’t easy for his mother, who was a widow at age 40. But she never gave up, and she continues to inspire him to this day.
“Christmas reminds me that there is always a way out, for my mom was and will always be my inspiration in whatever I do,” he said. “Nothing is impossible. She showed me that.”
Despite the sadness that often accompanied Christmas, Ambrose remembers “there was always a tree and a stocking for the three of us.” Kathleen was “one tough lady,” he added. Ambrose has many fond memories of winter activities in Bay de Verde as a young person, especially the endless hours playing hockey on the ponds, and sliding on the many hills around Bay de Verde.
Ambrose said he will always be grateful for the help provided by neighbours in the small Conception Bay town, and that is one of the reasons he so freely volunteers his time with the volunteer fire department. Ambrose signed up in 1984, and has been fire chief since 1996.
“I feel it’s a way to give back to the people that helped my mom when she needed it the most,” stated Ambrose, who works as a supervisor at the town’s crab/shrimp processing plant. He’s worked at the plant since 1979.
He married Daphne Doyle of Grates Cove in 1978, and they have three adult children — Amy, Dana and Bernard. They also have three grandchildren — Dawson, Spenser and Erin.