Colin Edwin Ambrose – Obituary

(July 7, 1936 – March 26, 2016)

With great sadness, we announce the death of Colin Edwin Ambrose of West Vancouver from heart failure with his wife and sister at his side in Lions Gate Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Jennie, of 48 years, his sister Pat Hargrave, nephew James Hargrave and niece Sue Monett, and their families, all of Vancouver, along with many cousins and friends around the world. Colin was born in Barnes, England. He attended St. Paul’s School in London and obtained a flying scholarship, gaining his private pilot’s licence on Tiger Moths. He spent 10 years in the RAF and served in the UK, Aden, Singapore, Borneo and Nigeria, flying fighters, transport and communications aircraft. In 2010 Colin was awarded a medal by the Malaysian Consul in Vancouver for his RAF tour of operations in Malaysia. In 1967 he joined Canadian Pacific Airlines in Vancouver and flew for the company for 21 years, ending up as Captain on the B-737. Routes flown included North & South America, South Pacific, Europe and Asia. On taking early retirement, he continued to fly and train pilots on the B-737 in Canada, Istanbul and Malaysia. His last flight was August 30, 1997 with just under 18,000 hours in his log book. Colin and Jennie met in England in 1961 and were married there in 1968. They lived most of their married life in West Vancouver and enjoyed travelling in many parts of the world, boating around the BC coast and building a cabin on Hornby Island. Colin was a keen fisherman and enjoyed a game of croquet. He was a crack shot and represented his school, the RAF, BC and Canada in target rifle competitions in Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

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