John Thomas Ambrosi (“JT”)

John Thomas Ambrosi (“JT”) - Pittsford, NY - Rochester Cremation

John Thomas Ambrosi (“JT”) passed away on April 25, 2022 at age 59.  He is survived by his son, John William “Jack” Ambrosi, parents John and Ann Ambrosi, sisters Beth, Kelly, Marc (Heather), Maria (Tim McNamara), niece Marley Wolgast, nephew Kevin Wolgast, and cousins Marc (Andrea), Stephen (Tracy), Steve, and AJ Demeo.

JT attended Penfield High School and the University of Rochester (BA, MS) where he studied history and public policy analysis.  He served as a Captain in the Marine Corps during the Gulf War.  Back in Rochester, JT worked in telecommunications, primarily at PaeTec Corporation.  He loved listening to music, reading non-fiction, yardwork, a great storm and a debate over almost anything. JT’s autobiography, Route 15 to Gettysburg, can be found on

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Louis Church, Pittsford, New York at 9am on Saturday, April 30th, 2022.  Internment at Bath, VA Cemetery, with military honors, will happen over the summer.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jack Ambrosi’s New York State 529 College Savings Program fund ( account code 364-27K).

34 Condolences

  1. Michael Keniston on April 27, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    His gregarious nature, charming smile, quick wit and words of wisdom will be dearly missed. I will forever remember his loyalty and friendship. We love you JT

    • Colonel Susan L. Murray, USMC (Retired) on May 13, 2022 at 9:48 pm

      Oh John, we weren’t ready for you to leave us…
      You tell Carl and Rich we miss them too and I’m glad we got to talk after so many years.s
      Semper Fi buddy
      I can still hear you cracking up that I made Colonel…lol
      Rest in Peace my friend

      • Michael Cassidy on May 13, 2022 at 10:47 pm

        A mentor.
        A friend.
        An amazing man.

        You will leave a hole in the fabric of our world.

        Semper Fi.

        Until Valhalla.

        To the family … our deepest sympathies.
        Please let us know of the plans for this summer.
        Will plan to attend.

  2. Jill Lavigne on April 27, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    I am grateful for the time we had together. You will always be in our hearts.

  3. Craig Kelley on April 27, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    Johnie Boy- I will miss you in ways I cannot yet fathom. Just now I am about 2/3 through ‘The British are Coming,’ a book you gave to me because, spontaneously, you thought I would like it. That is the kind of generous and loving guy you were. Not hust for friends, but for everyone. Of course, with you gone, I am gonna have to buy the next two parts of the trilogy on my own. I have to see who wins the war!

    There is a picture of you and me and Mikey and Kieffer hanging on my wall. It has reminded me of good friends and good times for years and will continue to do so for years to come.

    Love you, buddy. Semper fi!

  4. Lisa Harris Fitzgerald on April 28, 2022 at 8:46 am

    JT – There are really know words, when we heard today our heart sank . You are one of a kind my friend, loyal, brave , funny and smart . You have left a giant hole in many hearts.
    You are loved .

  5. Sally Quist on April 28, 2022 at 10:51 am

    Oh JT,
    We weren’t ready for you to go so soon. So grateful for the many years of friendship.
    Godspeed dear friend.
    Peace and love be with you always.
    Shine brightly forever in God’s grace.

  6. EJ Butler on April 28, 2022 at 11:05 am

    JT; Ine lasting memory will be walking through Reagan Airport with you in DC when walking g down a deserted corridor Fed Chair Alan Greenspan appeared escorted by SecretService agents. Undaunted you ignored his security detail, went right up to him and thrust out your hand and said; “Mr. Greenspan I think you’re doing a great job.” I thought for sure you’d get face planted by the agents but they only gently pushed you aside, somehow knowing you meant him no harm. Never forget it….or your passion in helping us at Paetec navigate the thorny regulatory wicket with clarity and purpose. You are a mensch. Rest easy., soldier.

  7. Elissa on April 28, 2022 at 11:37 am

    My sympathies to your family JT – I know how much you loved your son & was so proud of him. Will miss our chats about the state of the Habs & where to roam in Montreal. Gone too soon.

  8. Bob Moore on April 28, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    JT – You are one of my favorite humans – I loved our impromptu discussions (heated and otherwise) – I loved your can-do spirit and attitude, always willing to fight for what was right – Most importantly I loved your smile, you always had a smile (and a chuckle :-). One of the best.

  9. Ian Horowitz on April 28, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    I’m so upset to learn of JT’s passing. Ever since paetec JT and I continued a friendship. We spoke at least once a month mostly during hockey season and text more often. He was so supportive over the past 2yrs after my Father passed and from everything my family went through. Being a Veteran, JT took it personally what happened with my dad and the 65 other Veterans who were killed at their VA. We just talked in March but not yet in April. I’m going to miss all of JT’s FB post about world history events and have learned a lot from him over the years. My heart breaks for his son Jack.

  10. Liza Miyamoto on April 28, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    JT, You were one of my first PaeTec friends. I will never forget your kindness. I am heartbroken to know you are gone. God Bless your son, Jack and your family. May you Rest In Peace. 💔

  11. John M. Ambrosi on April 28, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    Son John
    Your mother and i are blessed to have had you in our family.
    The last three years were difficult for both of us.
    We were hoping you would overcome your problem.
    It was not to be.
    Our prayers now are that God has taken you and will give you peace.
    God bless you John and may the angels be at your side.
    Your Father

    • Cindi Smith on April 28, 2022 at 9:58 pm

      Mr. and Mrs. Ambrosi…..The three of us were shocked to hear the sad news about John this evening. Please know that our thoughts, love and prayers are with you and the entire family.
      Love – Cindi, Michelle and Debbie

    • Ron Libutti on April 29, 2022 at 6:58 am

      Mr and Mrs ambrosi so sorry to hear about Johnny Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family I have alot of great memories growing up with Johnny and will never forget them🙏🙏🙏🙏

    • walter campbell on April 30, 2022 at 7:41 pm

      what exactly was JTs problem I would really like to know? we go a ways back like 1st grade

  12. Frank Trento on April 28, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    The time we shared working together and outside of work I will never forget. You’re one of kind and a true friend. You will be dearly missed. Rest In Peace…Love you buddy!

  13. Rich Tyson on April 28, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    I will forever miss your insights into history that you so often posted on social media and the discussions that took place between the two of us surrounding some of those posts. Rest easy JT.

  14. Corey Vance on April 28, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    So sorry to hear about this. JT was always in good spirits and always spirited. I’m glad to have known him at PAETEC and Joey’s. Cheers to you brother!

  15. Paulee lopez on April 28, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    Very good individual one of the few I have ever met at the bar
    Always happy always trying ro buy drinks for everyone and always introducing good people to good people I wish I got one last shit with you JT
    You will be missed my friend

  16. Catina Tripi Gervasi on April 29, 2022 at 8:31 am

    With love and great sadness I send your whole family my heart felt condolence for my little brother.
    With All of My Love
    Tina Tripi Gervasi

  17. JAMES HALLERAN on April 29, 2022 at 8:31 am

    To me JT was a trusted mentor and friend while I worked with him at Earthlink. I enjoyed are early morning talks when I came to see him in the Rochester Office. I enjoyed his stories and his love for our Country, the Habs and his son Jack. I always look forward to his Facebook post about the City of Rochester and his updates about the Red Birds. I will miss him dearly and pray for his family. Heaver has gained a great American.. God bless JT

  18. Norma Leone on April 29, 2022 at 11:55 am

    Dear Marc, We are so very sorry to read about the loss of your brother, and Tony and I send our very deepest sympathy to you and to your family. Our hearts ache for you, and we hope it helps to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We pray that your happy memories of your brother will bring you peace and comfort in this time of so much sorrow.
    With much sympathy and love,
    Tony and Norma Leone

  19. Elizabeth Martin and famil on April 29, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    You will forever hold a very special place in my heart. I cherish all the good times that we had together and blessed to have been your friend. My family is heart broken and we will think of you often. Thank you for always checking in with us. I will miss your great smile, awesome laugh and most of all our long conversations about just about anything. I am so sorry for your family’s loss and I will pray for Jack always.

  20. Laura Stone (Davis) on April 30, 2022 at 9:12 am

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have enjoyed reconnecting with an old childhood friend and reading all his posts. We moved from Parkview Drive, to Texas, in 1974.

  21. walter campbell on April 30, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    Semper Fidelis

  22. Richard Gulino on April 30, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    On my very first day in Mrs. Marston’s first grade class at Atlantic Avenue School in Penfield, I sat next to him and he let me borrow a pencil. John and I were buddies from that point thru twelfth grade. He was a funny, smart and loyal friend. Sadly, we lost track of each other over the years. I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing.

  23. Josephine DiGiorgio on May 1, 2022 at 12:48 am

    To the family and friends of JT,
    I am so very sorry to have heard of the passing of such a gentleman. JT was quick witted, intelligent, funny , respectful , conscientious and the list of qualities he possesses could go on and on . I hope the happy memories you all have will help carry you through the hard days . Prayers especially for his son , that was his pride and joy . Rest easy JT

  24. Jackie Boushie on May 1, 2022 at 8:51 am

    My sympathies to the entire family especially Jack, JT was my brothers best friend from college but he was also a friend to our entire family. He was a good man who cared deeply and shouldn’t be defined by his demons he battled that cost him so much. He looked after my son throughout his years at RIT and even hosted my husband and myself when we dropped him off his very first day. I’m thankful for knowing him. Rest easy JT

  25. Laurie Urh on May 1, 2022 at 10:47 am

    I met JT when I was in college at RIT and my brother Mike was at U of R. JT was always such fun to be around and had my back as Mike’s little sister:-) He cared very deeply about my entire family. I was very sad to learn of his passing and pray that he is finally at rest. I will miss his kind and generous spirit, his educational Facebook posts and his laugh. Rest In Peace my friend❤️

  26. Howard Levine on May 2, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    I am greatly saddened by the news re: JT. Although it has been many years since we have spoken, JT left a lasting impression on me. I will think about this loss for a very long time.

  27. Michele Meleo on May 3, 2022 at 9:01 am

    Growing up on woodhaven dr with the Ambrosi clan
    Was so much fun! John was the ring leader on all of our adventures,and the rule maker on games we played.
    My condolences to family and loved ones,he left to soon.

  28. Jeff Armstrong on July 13, 2022 at 4:51 pm

    Sir, it was a honor to serve with you.
    Cpl Jeff Armstrong USMC
    Semper Fi

  29. Dawna Cerfoglio Becerril on July 23, 2022 at 11:31 am

    I just recently learned of the passing of my friend, when I tried to send him happy birthday wishes. Although, we weren’t as close as we used to be I am forever grateful for giving me a love of sailing and Jimmy Buffet. You knew me in my youth and taught me so much about life. Love you.

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