SARATOGA SPRINGS — John H. Ambrozak, 47, of Saratoga Lake, passed suddenly to our Lord on September 30.
Johnny touched many lives and will be dearly missed by his loving family and countless friends.
John graduated from Saratoga High School after which he enrolled in the culinary program at SCCC, which led to numerous positions in the hospitality industry, including his role as chef at The Sagamore in Lake George and countless duties at his beloved family business, The Bayshores Tropic Hut on Saratoga Lake.
Johnny’s journey also took him to San Diego where he was Project Manager for MyOFFICE. Johnny later returned to his birthplace of Saratoga Lake but always kept a place in his heart for the special people he met in Pacific Beach.
John will be remembered for his million-dollar smile, his long-winded stories, undeniable dedication, hard work and giving nature. His sense of caring extended beyond friends and family, as evidenced by his heroic attempt to save a drowning victim in Saratoga Lake while numerous bystanders watched in awe. On more than one occasion, John would literally give the shirt off his back to someone in need. Johnny’s gregarious nature drew strangers to become friends, in many cases, for years to come. A kid at heart, Johnny was loved by people of all ages and walks of life; whether they were one-time patrons passing through Saratoga, his beloved group of “lake boys” who he enlisted for numerous projects, or band members who he would sing along with on memorable summer nights.
Johnny was happiest doing what he truly loved, including snowmobiling with his “pops,” skiing with friends at Whistler-Blackcomb, Vermont, sharing those very detailed rambling stories with all who would listen, cheering on “Da Bears,” playing horseshoes on the beach, his love of all things Polish, and his time with his number one girl.
Many lives were touched and bonds were made, and Johnny’s absence is one that will be a reminder of how big of a personality he was. He will be greatly missed by all who truly knew and loved him. “Dad loves you.”
At the request of his family, services will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to Griswold Funeral Home, 1867 State St., Schenectady, NY 12304.