Longtime member Phil D’Ambrosio dies

3 Mar, 2022 | Tom Kranz |

Longtime member Phil D’Ambrosio dies

Nancy and Phil D'Ambrosio 2012

Phil D’Ambrosio, a 50-year member of the Fanwood Fire Department and decades-long volunteer with the Fanwood Rescue Squad, died at age 82 in his home in Lebanon, NJ, on January 2nd, 2022.

Phil and his wife Nancy were fixtures at the Rescue Squad for many years. Nancy, one of New Jersey’s first EMTs, is a Life Member. The couple was named Volunteers of the Month in February, 2012 by Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Borough Council (pictured).

Born in the Bronx, NY, in 1939, Phil lived in Fanwood for more than 50 years. He had an extensive career as an engineer, working for Western Union International, Honeywell and Networks Security. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved skiing, bike riding, boating and scuba diving.  He was also a certified scuba instructor.  He was always very active and loved animals.

Our condolences go out to our veteran Life Member Nancy and sons, James of Hillsborough, NJ and Anthony of Mays Landing, NJ; four grandchildren, Danielle, Samantha, Nicholas and Brayden; and Phil’s brother; William. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased was his sister, Melissa.

Services were private.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, 3201 US-22, Somerville, NJ 08876.

1979 group photo of Fanwood Rescue Squad. Phil D’Ambrosio is highlighted.