Ambrose Callahan |

Ambrose Callahan

Contributed photoAmbrose (foreground) and Robert Callahan after winning the 1953 U.S. National Pair Oared Championship.

Ambrose Callahan, 85, died on March 7, 2010 at his home in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. following a courageous battle with leukemia. This kind and gentle man was blessed to have his wife and best friend Betsy with him throughout his illness.

Born in New York City to Catherine and Ambrose Callahan of Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island, Canada, he spent his childhood in Boston. He served three years in a U.S. Army combat engineers group in World War II, landing in France two weeks after D-Day. At war’s end in Europe, his unit was sent from Germany to the Philippines, where they were preparing for the invasion of Japan when that war ended.

Ambrose spent 35 years in construction and was a lifelong member in the NY District Carpenters Union. He was an avid oarsman, often teaming with his younger brother, Robert. While rowing for the New York Athletic Club, Amby won five U.S. National Championships, one Canadian National Title, and many state, regional and Masters titles. He competed as a Master into his 60s.

In the early 1970s, Amby came to Aspen, working as a ski instructor at Buttermilk Mountain. Some locals will remember him for his running in the Aspen running races.

He met Betsy Lovick in Aspen, they married and moved to San Diego for a short time.

In 1989, they moved to Lake Havasu, Ariz.

Ambrose enjoyed tinkering in his garage, caring for his home and loved reading, sports, and music. He is survived and truly missed by his wife Betsy, her sons William and Matthew, and grandson Quinn. Surviving family include sisters Estelle and Jean, brothers Robert and John of Aspen, numerous nieces and nephews, and many many friends. Ambrose was a member of Our lady of the Lake Catholic Church.

Arrangements were entrusted to Lake Havasu Mortuary and Crematory. Thoughts and condolences may be sent to the family at

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