Frank D'Ambra

frank d'ambra

March 29, 1937 ~ June 9, 2015

D'Ambra, Francis (Frank) N. age 78, of Bergenfield, passed away on June 9, 2015 at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, NJ. He was born in Brooklyn, NY. Frank was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Philomena D'Ambra and his son, Daniel Lee Brown. He is survived by his beloved sister Nancy (D'Ambra) Lescher, his niece Elizabeth (Lescher) Chirafisi, and nephews Francis and Fred Lescher. Frank was a graduate of Holy Trinity High School, St. Francis College where he earned his doctorate and the Catholic University of America where he earned his law degree. Frank started his career teaching at St. Helena High School in the Bronx, NY. He went on to be a history teacher at Bergenfield High School, the Head of Guidance at Teaneck High School, an attorney for Sill Cummis and finally the Supervisor for Special Education Services for the Passaic School District. Family, Friends and others whose lives Frank touched are invited Saturday June 27th from 11:30AM-12:30PM in the Funeral Home. Humanist Service at 12:30 PM, to reminisce, grieve and support each other. In lieu of flowers a tribute donation may be made to AMFAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research in honor of Frank D'Ambra by visiting their website at For information call (201) 944-0100 or


Visitation at Funeral Home:

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Funeral Service: June 27, 2015 12:30 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place:

Rosedale Crematory
408 Orange Road
Montclair, NJ 07042

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  2. I am so sad to hear this news of Frank's passing. He was a great man. When I was a student at THS (71-74) his door was always open and he shared his time along with his pearls of wisdom, good humor and encouragement. I felt respected and understood and of value in his presence. He will be missed. Thankfully his spirit will continue in the many lives he touched. R.I.P. Frank.

  3. To: The Family of Dr. Frank D'Ambra

    From: Anthony Gagliano,
    Teacher of the Handicapped
    Passaic High School

    I hope this poem comforts your family in this time of need…

    We are all creatures
    of this great earth-
    interconnected in ways
    beyond understanding.
    Take elephants,
    So big.
    So strong.
    And yet,
    when a member of the herd passes,
    even elephants mourn.
    They gather around,
    extend their trunks,
    and gently touch
    the tusks
    of their fallen friend.
    It's their ritual.
    It's how they heal.
    And it's sad.
    And it's beautiful.

    So maybe
    what we're trying to say
    is that the world
    doesn't expect you
    to be fine with this.

    Be how you need to be.
    Mourn how you need to mourn.

    And know that
    you're thought of
    with love.

  4. Our condolences to Nancy and family. Francis was such a wonderful and gracious man who will be greatly missed.

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