Beverly — Joseph passed away March 24 with family by his side. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 60 years Maureen (Manning). Born and raised in Beverly Farms, he was the youngest and last surviving child of Paul and Scolastica (Vessella) Ambrefe, brothers Angelo, Paul, Albert and John and sisters Mary Aceto and Lena Iannone.
Known to friends as “Jock,” the deceased graduated from Beverly High School where he played hockey and was a starting center for the storied 1948 football team that went undefeated.
Jock was an honorably discharged Army Cpl., serving during the Korean War. He dedicated 37 years of service to the Beverly Fire Department, where he was Deputy Chief for over 20 years retiring in 1995 to spend more time at his lake house in New Hampshire. Jock was also an accomplished stonemason and cement finisher, building his family home in Centerville.
In addition to his wife Maureen and sister-in-law Carol Manning, Jock is survived by his five children; daughter Nancy Condon and her husband Rick, sons John and his wife Wendy, Stephen and his wife Laura, Bill and his wife Kathleen and son Joseph Jr. The extended family includes 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral Mass will be held in St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 253 Cabot Street, Beverly, on Wednesday, March 27th, at 1PM. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, March 26th, from 4PM to 7PM in the Campbell-Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, North Beverly. In lieu of flowers and other expressions of sympathy, the family respectfully requests donations to the Beverly Firefighters Relief Fund (BFRF), 15 Hale St., Beverly, MA 01915 or to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Ave, Haverhill, MA 01830. Information, directions or condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.