Sgt. Gaspar Ambrose

November 12, 1941 - January 21, 2021
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Ramiro Soto
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Rigoberto Rodriguez
Pancho Velásquez
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Sgt. Gaspar “El Barbaro” Ambrose, passed away on January 21, 2021, at the age of 79. He was born in Victoria, Texas on November 12, 1941.

Gaspar was a graduate of MHS class of 61. He served and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army.

Sgt. Ambrose dedicated 35 years of service to the Laredo Police Department. While serving the city of Laredo, he received several recognitions, including officer and detective of the year. Police work was his passion & he truly loved his job.

After retirement, Gaspar & Gloria enjoyed traveling, especially his trips to Las Vegas. Every summer, he would take the grandkids to the beach which became an annual tradition.

When he was not traveling, he spent his days with his friends hanging out at the mall or their monthly coffee gathering with local law enforcement retirees at “El Querreque”. We will all miss his hearty laugh and quick wit.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ambrosio & Clara Ambrose, brother Enrique Ambrose, nephew Jesus E Peña, and his in-laws José & Antonia Vera.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 52 years, Gloria, his children, Cynthia, Gaspar Jr., Rene & his wife Ruth Chatelain Ambrose. He is also survived by grandchildren: Gwendolyn V. & husband Seth Thamm, Renee Anthony Ambrose, Jennapher Ambrose, Jacob Anthony Ambrose, Kyle Mauldin, Rene Chatelain Ambrose; Siblings: Raquel & Humi Peña, Clarita & Joe De Leon & Rosa Castillo, as well as, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, other family members and cherished friends.

Our family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to his niece, Rosalva Peña, for all her support and guidance during Gaspar’s short illness.

The family will have a private viewing on, Saturday, February 13, 2021, at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. A chapel service will begin at 11:00 am. Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion Post 59 of Laredo and presentation of the U.S. Flag will be provided by the U.S. Army.

Live streaming will be available for the funeral service at on Saturday, starting at 9:00 am.

Funeral services will be held under the direction of Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services. For your convenience, you may leave your condolences to the family online at

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Timeline for Sgt. Gaspar Ambrose

Born: November 12, 1941
October 10, 2020
Gwendolyn’s Wedding
Gwendolyn’s Wedding
January 26, 2021
Condolences for Gaspar Ambrose
May 25, 2019
Kyle’s graduation
Kyle’s graduation
September 7, 2019
Last fishing trip
Last fishing trip
March 10, 2018
Martucci Wedding
Martucci Wedding
May 20, 1961
Martin High School Graduation
Martin High School Graduation
Died: January 21, 2021

Condolences for Sgt. Gaspar Ambrose

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The staff of Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services.


Stephanie Glass posted on 3/5/23

RIP Ambrose. Great detective and friend.


Arcelia Pena posted on 3/6/21

Sorry for your loss,Gloria may he Rest in Peace?❤


Olivia De la Garza posted on 3/6/21

In memory of Sgt. Gaspar Ambrose, Olivia De la Garza lit a candle


Bernadette Orozco-Everett posted on 2/18/21

In memory of Sgt. Gaspar Ambrose, Bernadette Orozco-Everett lit a candle


Bernadette Orozco-Everett posted on 2/18/21

Our Deepest Condolences to Gloria and all the family. I am sure he is making my dad and all his friends who passed before him laugh as he always did . May he Rest is Peace.


Cuellar Family posted on 2/14/21

With a heavy heart we extend condolences to Gloria (Madrina) and the entire Ambrose family. We all already miss Gaspar’s (Padrino) exuberantly-warm laugh and story telling. Keep the stories going Padrino...we will catch up when we see you again. Rest In Peace. -Your Ahijado RACuellar


RENEE ERICA DIAZ posted on 2/14/21

Gaspar was a wonderful human being who was thoughtful, very honest, and loyal to his loved ones and family. I was blessed to have had him in my life. May God welcome him into His kingdom and comfort his family with their loss.


Corina Y Uribe posted on 2/13/21

A piece of my childhood is gone, I knew Mr. Ambrose since junior high. A strong and beautiful soul has departed, but he will not be forgotten. My love is with his family today and always. Love you all....


Rosalva Pena posted on 2/13/21

In memory of Sgt. Gaspar Ambrose, Rosalva Pena lit a candle


Rosalva Pena posted on 2/13/21

My tio favorito. Oh how I miss you. How I wish we could have saved you by taking you sooner to the hospital. My biggest regret is that? What I’ll miss the most is your personality. You always made us all laugh and at times even embarrass us with your travesuras. But that’s the uncle we knew and loved. Love you for ever and miss you tremendously. Your niece Rosalva.


Emerida Guerra posted on 2/13/21

My heartfelt condolence to the Ambrose family He will be missed.


G.L. Navarro, LPD Asst. Chief, Retired posted on 2/13/21

My deepest condolences to the entire Ambrose family for your loss. As I recall LPD Sgt. Gaspar Ambrose: He was dedicated to all he served; his family, the U.S. Army, the City and citizens of Laredo and his endless list of friends. He was pleasantly unique in his personality as those who ever met him would attest. He was unique in the tools and approaches he brought to the job and those approaches remained highly effective till the end of his career. He will forever be remembered for his trademark quick wit. He was a pleasure and an honor to work with. Sgt. Ambrose will be greatly missed.


Ramiro Soto posted on 2/12/21

In memory of Sgt. Gaspar Ambrose, Ramiro Soto lit a candle


Ramiro Soto posted on 2/12/21

Gloria our deepest sympathy and condolense for the passing of our great Police Brother " El Barbaro " we sure miss him. He was the trigger or "mechita" of our coffee group Los Caballeros del Relaje always having a lot of laughs. The best humor of our life's. You and your family take care love, you all. Remember we will always be here for you all. Ramiro & Gloria Soto


Norma Zavala posted on 2/12/21

My sincere condolences to you Gloria and your family. May God sustain you through this terrible loss. May he rest in peace.


Ricardo Cuellar posted on 2/12/21

Our deepest sympathy and condolence to our dearest comadre Gloria and family.RIP compadre Ambrose.


Tommy Ringwood posted on 2/12/21

My sincere condolences. He was a great man. - Tommy Ringwood


John Lopez posted on 2/12/21

Rest In Peace my friend condolences to the Ambrose family!???


Alfredo Gutierrez posted on 2/12/21

Gloria, my deepest sympathy, may he RIP.


Victoria Valdez posted on 2/12/21

Tio Gaspar, Rest In Peace. Thank you for your service to the community as an officer and the military. Condolences to you tia Gloria and to my primos and Tios grandchildren. This grief will be a journey. Condolences to my mother and tia's for the loss of their brother.


Valdimir Valdez posted on 2/12/21

RIP Tio you were my hero growing up. You and my dad are my hero’s. I wanted to be an FBI agent but hopefully I can get into state trooper for you. I remember calling you to check up on you and ask for advice . Gloria, Cindy Baby and Renee so sorry for your loss. He was a bad ass dude 35 years in Laredo PD an extraordinary career. Valdo ur favorite nephew! Love you Tio


Eddie and Ronnie Acosta posted on 2/11/21

We wish to express our most sincere condolences to Gloria and the Ambrose family. We will miss our good neighbor of over 33 years. We pray that he may Rest In Peace and that God may strengthen his family through this terrible loss. Gloria we are next door if we can help in any way.


Victor Valdez posted on 2/11/21

Tio Gaspar, Rest In Peace and thank you for your service to our greatful nation and to the awesome community of Laredo! Tia Gloria and cousins so sorry for you alls lost! I know their is a big void right now and moving forward. Here was a great man and I know he was a great father and husband to your family. I know that thier is no words to say that will make it any easier but rest assure Tio Gaspar is looking down from heaven smiling! Every time I would ask my mother how is the Tio and the family doing she would say oh pretty good. As you all may know I am living in Baumholder Germany with with my family so I am not able to attend so sorry but we send out our deepest condolences to you all and will keep you all in our prayers. V/R From the Valdez’s family Victor, Jessica, Danyel and Gabby


Juan E Morales posted on 2/11/21

To Gloria and Family I'm very sorry for your all loss. Our prayers ? are with you and your Family. He will be missed. God Bless you all .


Jesus Segovia posted on 2/9/21

My Most Sincere Condolences to Gloria and family. We lost a great friend. May he Rest in Peace ????


Jose and Adela Sanchez posted on 2/9/21

Our most sincere condolences. Our prayers and warmest hugs are with you during this time.


Rigoberto Rodriguez posted on 2/9/21

In memory of Sgt. Gaspar Ambrose, Rigoberto Rodriguez lit a candle


Rigoberto Rodriguez posted on 2/9/21

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Blessings for the family. From: Compadres, Reynold and Gloria Rodriguez Godson: Rigoberto Rodriguez


Bertha Arizola G 9567404191 posted on 2/8/21

My deepest sympathy dear friend. May God grant you strength to carry on in this difficult time. You have beautiful children and grandchildren in your life. Be safe my friend.


Pancho Velásquez posted on 2/3/21

Para la familia de Gaspar, Fue una gran pérdida a perder nuestro amigo. Nos conocimos desde que estábamos chiquitos. Siempre, siempre recuerdaré mi buena amistad con Gaspar. Con mucho sentido, Pancho Velásquez


Lisa Morales posted on 2/3/21

I’m so sorry for your great loss. Please know you and your family are loved and prayed for daily. May our Lord Jesus be with you and at this very sad time.


fred santos posted on 2/3/21

In memory of Sgt. Gaspar Ambrose, fred santos lit a candle


fred santos posted on 2/3/21

Gloria, no words can mend your heart right now, only our dear Lord will heal it in time. Sending you lots of love with the biggest hugs... see you soon tia Glo


Niki Acosta Lopez posted on 2/1/21

I grew up next door to the Ambrose family. I remember being young when our alarm went off and Mr Ambrose ran over quickly, thoroughly checking each room and outside the house to assure us that we were safe. He was a kind man and I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My sincerest condolences go out to Mrs. Ambrose and family. May God give you strength and peace during such a difficult time.


Jose "Pepe" & Norma Gonzalez posted on 2/1/21

Gloria, it is with a heavy and saddened heart that Jose Pepe & I extend our condolences on the passing of Gaspar. We have treasured memories of our times together at the '61 Class Reunions . . nothing but laughter and joy with "El Barbaro". May the Lord grant you and your family peace and strength during the difficult time. Dear Friend "Gaspar" Rest In Peace!


Artemio & Alicia Garza posted on 1/31/21

Our sincere Condolences to the Ambrose Family. May Gasper Rest In Peace.


Victor Marroquin posted on 1/30/21

My heartfelt condolences to the Ambrose Family. I will certainly miss seeing you at the mall always asking about my parents and my family. May he rest in peace from Diane and Chuy Hernandez.


Victor Marroquin posted on 1/30/21

My sincere condolences to the Ambrose family from your long time friends and compadres. You will be greatly missed from Victor and Mary Marroquin.


Alice Herrera posted on 1/29/21

My deepest condolences to Mrs. Ambrose, Cindy, Gaspar and Rene. There are no words to express on the loss of Mr. Ambrose. I pray that our good Lord give you strength to get through this very difficult time. ?? He was a kind generous man to those who truly knew. Always there when you needed him. I was blessed to have known him in that way. Please know that I am only a call or text away. Hugs Alice


Norma & Javier Velasquez (neighbors) posted on 1/28/21

Our deepest condolences to the Ambrose Family. Keeping you and all the family in our prayers.


Charlotte Compton Larson posted on 1/27/21

Dearest Ambrose Family, So sorry I was to hear of Gaspar's passing. He was a special MHS classmate of mine. You must be very proud of the person Gaspar was. My thanks to him for serving our country in the Army, and as a well honored and beloved Policeman and Detective. His job was very important, and I can see that he had many awards for the great work that he did through the years ! He was obviously a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and more.Love hearing about the yearly beach trips with his grandchildren and family How I love the photo of him looking so happy and healthy at his beloved Gwendolyn's wedding not so very long ago. Gaspar and I were class friends at a time in our lives when there were very good times, and lots and lots of fun and laughter. God bless his soul, and God bless all of you, Charlotte Compton Larson


Roman Perez and family posted on 1/27/21

My you Rest In Peace my friend and big brother I never had we will always miss you. Gloria my condolences to you and your family.


Jose and Alejandra Herrera posted on 1/26/21

Deepest condolences Gloria . May God bless you ??? with the wisdom and love to keep going in your life and to remember EL BARBARO as he was. Bringing his sense of humor as always.


Ruben Marroquin posted on 1/26/21

Our Condolences to my Godfather “El Barbaro”. You will certainly be missed, it was never a dull moment being in the same room with you because you made us laugh so hard. Thank you for being my Padrino. Sincerely, Ruben & Lilly Marroquin


Diana Lundschen posted on 1/26/21

My heart-felt condolences to Gloria and their family. We were so looking forward to having both Gaspar and Gloria at our next MHS Class of "61 reunion. We could always count on Gaspar to be the first to register. We will always remember the good times he shared with us. May he rest in peace.


Guadalupe & Guillermo Ramos posted on 1/26/21

Gloria , we are deeply sorry for the loss of Gaspar. We know it is a painful happening, and we pray that God will comfort you fully. He must have gone away. But, he's still right next to you. Love never dies. All we can say is, please take care of yourself. Our condolence to all your family.


Juan & Josie Tenorio posted on 1/25/21

Gloria. Sorry about the passing of Gaspar. It was a shock when we heard about it. We had good times when we were partners in the police department.


Ruben Tenorio posted on 1/25/21

Our most sincere condolences to the Ambrose family. May he Rest in peace.


elizabeth posted on 1/25/21

May you rest in leave Gaspar, and may your family offer each other love and support as they grieve. May your memory be a blessing. ❤️??


Bernice Marie (Soulas) Martinez posted on 1/25/21

My condolences to all the family. Gasper was a good friend of my husband. They worked together at LPD. Now they are together again in Heaven. May HE rest in peace and may the perpetual light shine upon him. GOD BLESS GLORIA AND THE FAMILY. Always, Bernice M Soulas Martinez


Jo dale Zimmerman posted on 1/25/21

Gloria and Family, We wish you and yours our sincere and heartfelt condolences. Gaspar was one of a kind. Always so humorous and happy. Always made me laugh. He is now an angel in heaven making everyone laugh. God bless you and give you strength through this difficult time. Love, Sincerely Jo Dale, Robert and Family


Grace (Chela) Ramirez Lara posted on 1/25/21

My most heartfelt condolences to the Ambrose family. My you all find comfort in knowing how much he was appreciated for his service. I will miss running into him at the restaurant. May he RIP ?..


Clara Ambrose DeLeon posted on 1/25/21

Loved my brother dearly. Will miss him very much. I have so many good memories. He was a good brother. Praying for Gloria, Cindy, Gaspar, Rene and rest of the family.


Clara Ambrose DeLeon posted on 1/25/21

Loved my brother dearly. Will miss him very much. I have so many good memories. He was a good brother. Praying for Gloria, Cindy, Gaspar, Rene and rest of the family.