The Compass - - PORTHTE -

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.

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