Anthony “Tony” Ambriz, veteran, loving husband, father, grandfather, foodie, and accomplished DIYer passed away on July 20, 2021 at the age of 96. He was a native California, born in Fowler. Tony had made his home in Tracy where he lived for over fifty years.
Tony grew up in the area around Fowler, CA. working alongside his father in the orchards and farms in the area. He was a Mexican ‘farmworker’ before the term existed. Like many men in the 40’s, he volunteered and joined the US Army. He was honorably discharged having attained the rank of Sargent after having fought in the European theater. While rehabilitating from wounds in London, England, he met the love of his life, Constance Kelly. The two would carry on a long-distance relationship until she came to the US and they married. They set up house in Tracy, were married for over fifty years raising two sons, Nicholas, and Kelly. Connie passed in 2000 with Tony living in Tracy with his loving partner, Adeline Worsham until 2017.
Tony contributed to the community in many ways. He held a supervisory role at the Tracy Defense Distribution Deport, retiring after 30 years of civil service with the U.S. Government. He also held a custodial role at the old Tracy Joint Union High School where he officially retired from the labor force. A member of the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, he served as an usher during church services and contributed to the festivals. He was an avid do-it-yourself homeowner providing fixes and upgrades to the family home and to neighbors and friends over the years. While not having a degreed education, Tony was an accomplished mechanic, gardener, and tinkerer. He was known for his sense of humor, kindness, love for card games, food, and passion for maintaining the family vehicles. He was always there to offer a hand.
He is survived by his two sons, Nicholas Ambriz of Lodi, Kelly Ambriz of Newbury Park; a daughter-in-law, Julie Ambriz; and three grandchildren, Joshua Ambriz of Lodi, Emily Ambriz of Vancouver, and Jack Ambriz of Newbury Park.
Services for Tony will be August 6, 2021. Fry Memorial Chapel, 550 South Central Avenue, will have visitation between the hours of 9:00 – 12:00PM. Graveside service will be at 1:00PM, Tracy Public Cemetery, 501 East Schulte Road. Catholic religious graveside, and VFW military sendoff services will be rendered in honor of Tony.
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