Ambrose Augustine Atkins

22-Nov-1933 - 06-Jun-2021

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In Loving Memory

Chief Warrant Officer (Ret’d) Ambrose Augustine Atkins, MMM, CD

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Ambrose Atkins on June 6, 2021 at the age of 87, peacefully and at his home in Ottawa.

Ambrose was devoted to his beloved wife Edna for 63 years. Cherished and loving father of Jim (Franca), Lisa (Tom), Dave (Heather), Leigh (Paddy), and Laura. Proud and doting grandfather to Andrew (Amber), Travis (Becky), Brady (Megan), Julie (Mark), Heather, Maggie, Vanessa, Danny (Brianna), Marco and Roberto. He will be greatly missed by his sisters Kay (Gerry) and Marjorie (James), brother Ronnie (Burnese), brother-in-law Sid, and sisters-in-law Pat and Norma. Always ready with a quick smile, corny joke, and kind words, he will be fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews and friends. Ambrose was predeceased by his parents, Jimmy and Catherine; and siblings Simon, Butch, and Florence.

Born and raised in Charlottetown, PEI, Ambrose joined the Communication Research branch of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in 1952. He retired from the RCN in 1976 having achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. He then worked at the Communication Security Establishment (CSE) in Ottawa from 1976-1995. In 1973, Ambrose was invested into the Order of Military Merit for exemplary service to Canada.

In retirement, Ambrose assisted the efforts of Campaign Life Coalition and dedicated his time to programs such as the annual Coins for Life campaign and National March for Life. He was a longtime parishioner at St Patrick Basilica and active in roles such as pro-life representative, choir member, and offertory collector. Ambrose and Edna worked tirelessly to bring Catholic books and literature to parishioners for many years in their monthly pop-up book store in the old baptistry, a precursor to the current book and gift shop at St Patrick Basilica. He held longtime membership with the Royal Canadian Legion, and the Old-Timers Associations of the Supplementary Radio System and CSE.

A “Spud Islander” to the end, Ambrose had a passion for all things related to Prince Edward Island and was happiest when visiting “home”. He dearly loved his family, his faith, fishing, and hockey, not necessarily in that order.
The family sends a heartfelt thank you to Dr Shamim Taherzadeh whose compassionate care for Ambrose in the last months of his life ensured that this humble and simple man could stay at his home with his family until God took him unto Himself. We also thank the palliative care team of PSWs and nurses for their outstanding dedication. A special thank you to Pamela, whose loving care of Dad brought him much peace and joy.

Due to current restrictions, visitations are by invitation only.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 am on Tuesday, June 15th at St. Patrick Basilica, 220 Kent Street, Ottawa.

Livestreaming of the service will be provided on St. Patrick's You Tube channel.  Please copy/paste the following link into your internet browser: 

In memoriam donations may be made to Campaign Life Coalition or a charity of your choice.

Funeral Details

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    St. Patrick Basilica

    Event Times:

    15-Jun-2021 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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Posted by Nigel Van Loan | 16-Jun-2021

So very sorry that Chief Atkins has left this "mortal coil" but his memory will live on for many, many people, especially those of us who had the honour of sharing with him in service to our country in the Canadian Forces, As his Commanding Officer in Inuvik in the early 70's (and a neophyte in the operational world of that and its sister stations of the SRS) I was indeed fortunate to be able to call on his massively extensive knowledge of the mission and the System's capabilities. Then throughout my many later years of service in the System my reliance on Chief Atkin's mastery of our operations came back time and time again to our continuing benefit. Mr. Atkins and I also shared a love of church choir involvement and of ice hockey. I will dearly miss him as a colleague and a friend. My deepest condolences to Edna and family.

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