Eugene 'Gene' D'Ambrose, age 72, of Hamden passed away at his home on February 17, 2020. Born in New Haven on November 14, 1947, he was a son of the late Eugene and Josephine (Chirico) D'Ambrose, Sr. Gene is survived by his wife Patricia (DeMarco) D'Ambrose; children, Karen (Michael) Bogrette of Hamden, Robert (Tina) Romandetti of Hamden, and Stephanie and Melissa D'Ambrose; grandchildren, Tyler Bogrette, Gianna Romandetti and Marco Conte; brother, Joseph D'Ambrose of CA; and his sister, Maria Schroder of FL. Gene was a resident of Hamden all his life. He was a U.S. Marine Veteran, serving in Vietnam from 1966 to 1970. Gene was a teacher employed by the State of Connecticut. He taught for many years at the Eli Whitney Technical High School before his retirement. Gene was an avid car enthusiast, often buying and selling, but mainly collecting. He was a member of the Connecticut Chevy Club, the Hamden Masons, the Pyramid Shriners #9 in Stratford and the Carpenters Local #24. Gene leaves a host of friends and will be missed by many. Friends may visit with his family on Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, and may attend his Funeral Service on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home. His interment with Military Honors will follow in All Saints Cemetery, North Haven. Contributions in Gene's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice.

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  1. Gene our Friend and great neighbor, we will miss you SO much. We enjoyed our lunches and dinners, and of course our camping trip to Gettysburg, that was a TRIP of TRIPS!!!! We made the best of it though, despite all the problems. You fought one long and hard battle and always with a positive attitude. We will always smile when we see our own very special .Rubber burn. in front of our house!!!! Thanks for your dedicated service to our country. RIP. You will always be in our hearts……… XO. Love, Steve, Cheryl and Sonny too……..

  2. Gene’s smile and outgoing nature were a calling card that will be sorely missed. I was always impressed by his upbeat personality and love of life and the adventures it had taken him on. I will miss running into him in different places in town and taking some time to catch up. SIncere condolences to Patty and all his loved ones.

  3. i will truly miss my dear friend,i am so happy we had years of enjoying the car hobby,buying, selling, cruzing…miss you buddy……………….frank

  4. Dear Patty & Family- So sorry on the loss of Gene- Our dear friend. We remember happy times & loved hearing about his new toys(cars). He touched our lives. He was a gentle giant with a heart of gold.The happy memories you have will keep him with you always. God Bless. Sincere Sympathy & Prayers.-Love Philip & Phyllis DeRosa

  5. I enjoyed Gene’s stories and conservation whenever he was working or visiting Eli Whitney Tech. He always updated me on his classic car collection. One time he called me and told me to look out the back door of my shop. He had a 1954 Ford parked there and a big smile on his face.

  6. I worked with Gene @ JM Wright Technical School. It was a pleasure to have Gene as a Colleague. He was always upbeat & positive. My condolences to the family.

  7. Patty and family; Saddened to hear about Gene’s passing. We shared many laughs together and enjoyed each other’s company whenever we could. Gene is in a better place now without pain. He will be sorely missed but not forgotten. May he Rest In Peace with the Lord.

  8. Patty & Family –

    I was saddened to learn, kind of randomly ( I was viewing information about a long time friend of my parents on the Beecher & Bennett site ) about Gene. We knew each other at Sleeping Giant Jr. High, and then at Hamden High School. Our later connection was limited, via Hamden H.S. reunions, but we enjoyed seeing each other, including some interesting conversation, at our 50th reunion ( lots of great work by Gene ! ) in 2016. My thoughts are with you and your family. s/ Earle Jacobs July 9, 2020

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