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James Marco Ambrosia, a former machinist who enjoyed displaying home-built model brass trains at the Festival of Lights, died Monday (Sept. 6, 1999) in Mount St. Mary's Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Ambrosia, 63, of Swann Road was born in Niagara Falls. He was a graduate of both Niagara Falls High School and the former Trott Vocational High School in Niagara Falls, where he was trained as a machinist.

He worked simultaneously as a maintenance mechanic and machinist at American Brass in Buffalo and as a machinist at General Abrasives in Niagara Falls for 18 years. He left work on disability about 10 years ago because of poor health.

Ambrosia showed his artistic side to the community in the form of art and music as well as his hobby of model brass train building. He was an accomplished guitar player who performed mostly for family and friends, and he enjoyed painting landscapes, some of which he displayed at area schools.

Ambrosia is survived by his wife, the former Lorelei Schmidt; two sons, James Jr. and David, both of Niagara Falls; three daughters, Laurie Violino of Grand Island, Judith Treunzo of North Tonawanda and Darlene; a sister, Barbara Crosby of Medina; and 14 grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Grimes Funeral Home, 7311 Porter Road, Town of Niagara. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lewiston.

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