Obituary: Kenneth C. Ambrecht

GULF STREAM — Kenneth C. Ambrecht died Sept. 25 in Boston. He was 74.
8241239471?profile=RESIZE_180x180With his evident zest for life, he will be missed by many. In his seven decades, he enjoyed friendships, philanthropy and world travel. Mr. Am-brecht was born Dec. 7, 1945, in Rockville Centre, Long Island, and in 1969 married Susan Bogart. Mrs. Ambrecht survives him, as do his children: Justine and Michael Mullin, K.C. and Kimberly Ambrecht, Reeves and Amy Ambrecht, and Townsend Ambrecht as well as nine grandchildren: Sloane, Charlie, Quinn, Oliver, Ireland, Reeves, Colton, Mercer and Miller.
Mr. Ambrecht developed a strong work ethic at an early age, delivering newspapers and cutting grass. After graduating from C.W. Post College, he joined a sales training program at Xerox Corp. in New York City. Eventually, Mr. Ambrecht made it to Wall Street, where he worked for Lehman Brothers for 20-plus years, retiring as a managing director.
Mr. Ambrecht’s likable presence and tasteful style earned him the nickname ‘The Senator” among his friends and colleagues.
In the back half of his career, he built a successful business financing global initiatives. Such bespoke deals resulted in his funding Fortescue Metals of Australia as well other projects around the world. He held various board positions in addition to Fortescue, including American Financial Group and Great American Financial, both of Ohio, and Spectrum Brands Holdings in Wisconsin.
But Mr. Ambrecht considered his greatest accomplishment his family. His grandchildren would often rise early for his famously thin pancakes and crispy bacon. He also loved spending time with his family around a fire pit or wearing his custom raccoon fur coat in Austria, with an Obstler drink in one hand and a fine Cohiba cigar in another.
Mr. Ambrecht was a true patriarch and his family adored him. He was a magnificent husband, father, Pop-Pop, best friend and gentleman. He will be remembered for his generosity, integrity and proudly wearing his shades on the dance floor.
In lieu of flowers, the Ambrecht family would appreciate any remembrances honoring Ken directed to the Lindner Center of Hope, 4075 Old Western Row Road, Mason, OH 45040.
J.S. Waterman-Langone Chapel, 580 Commercial St., Boston, MA 02109, is in charge of arrangements. For more information or to leave an online condolence, visit www.watermanboston.com.
— Obituary submitted by the family

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