Brian Albert Ambrefe


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Norwood, Massachusetts - Formerly a resident of Wenham, Groveland and Boxford, youngest child of the late Lillian (Anderson) and Albert Ambrefe, passed unexpectedly on August 23, 2019. Brian was one of four children raised in Wenham. A graduate of St. Johns Prep, Class of 1981 and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Class of 1988. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Mary Meade Ambrefe, son, Lyndon Brian Ambrefe, and daughter, Avery Ilai Ambrefe. Brother of Faye (John) Omasta, Robert (Shirley) Ambrefe, and Debra (John) Haraden. Son-in-law to Frederick P. Meade and the late Josephine T. Meade. Brother-in-law to Thomas Meade, Frederick Meade and Peter Meade. Uncle to Caitlyn Chevnov, Amy (Evan) Desmarais and Maxx Omasta. Great Uncle to Joshua and Samuel. Brian was raised working in the family pharmacy and with his parents' guidance, assumed responsibility of the business in the early nineties. He was committed to continuing his parents' tradition of individualized care for each and every patient, many of whom he regarded as friends. He served on the board of the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association for over a decade and was honored to assume the role of President from 2005-2006. He was a recipient of the organizations' Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award, President's Pharmacist of the Year Award as well as the most prestigious Bowl of Hygeia, recognizing him for his outstanding record of civic leadership in his community. Additionally, Brian mentored dozens of pharmacy students over three decades and during that time was recognized as Northeastern University's Preceptor of the Year. He exemplified a servant leader, consistently putting the needs of others before his own, and taking the time to make each person that he encountered feel valued. When not at work, Brian was always spending time with family and friends. He was the ultimate family man, present for every game, performance and special moment in his children's lives. He loved to volunteer at their schools and was a familiar face on the St. John's Prep and Ursuline Academy campuses. He lived to be outdoors where he tended beautiful and abundant flower and vegetable gardens. Brian was an avid reader and loved his book exchange at the pharmacy. An enthusiastic Bruins' fan, historian, wonderful cook and curious astronomer. A true Renaissance man. His family is humbled by the outpouring of support. Arrangements provided by Bell O'Dea Funeral Home Brookline. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date and details posted to Village Pharmacy Lynnfield's Facebook Page. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity, an organization Brian loved and volunteered for. Please visit or call 1-800-HABITAT, donate in honor of Brian and indicate all donations to the Ambrefe Family, c/o 376 Washington St., Brookline, MA 02445
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Stela Papa
Sep 21, 2019
Basket Full of Wishes was purchased for the family of Brian Albert Ambrefe by Stela Papa.  Send flowers
David DePalma
Sep 11, 2019
I am sorry for the loss of Brian whom we all love. Brian was a great man who engaged meaningfully with the community. He did good deeds indiscriminately. He took pleasure in helping others. For that I will never forget him. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Chuck Young
Sep 06, 2019
My deepest condolences to the family of Brian and also to the profession of pharmacy where he served the public for so many years. He was an extraordinary practitioner of pharmacy and an extraordinary man, father, husband and person who served everyone with love, care and respect. I will remember him always
Patty Clark
Sep 01, 2019
Dear Mary, Avery, and Lyndon, I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved husband and father. While I didn't know your him well, I recognized his gentle smiling face from the photo in the newspaper, and so I'm sure he must have come to a few Kindermusik classes with you all at some point! I do know that he was a pretty special guy because he chose you, Mary, as his wife, and he helped raised two pretty awesome kids, you two, Avery and Lyndon. My heart goes out to all of you. Patty Clark
Patti and Paul LeBlanc
Aug 31, 2019
Dear Ambrefe Family ,
Our sincere sympathy for the loss of Brian. He was a lovely person who I had the pleasure of meeting thru business. He was very professional and always enjoyed doing business with him . May he Rest In Peace . Blessing to all of your family ,
Patti LeBlanc
Judy and Bob Sena
Aug 30, 2019
To the Ambrefe family and the Village Pharmacy family, we want to express our deepest sympathy on your loss. There are not enough words to describe what a wonderful person Brian was. He always went the extra mile for his customers and was a wonderful advocate as well. His many acts of kindness and that million dollar smile will be greatly missed. He and all of you are in our prayers.
Paul Pero
Aug 30, 2019
I am very sorry for the loss of Brian. Rest In Peace.
Joan Kirk
Aug 30, 2019
Brian will be missed, a kind and wonderful man. Sincere sympathy to family and Village Pharmacy Staff.
Jack Rybicki
Aug 30, 2019
Brian is a classmate of of ours at SJP '81. We played soccer for four years together and he remains a great teammate and longtime pal who I know will be watching and waiting for all in their time. Savor the memories which live forever within. Blessings. Jack