Ronald M. Ambler, 76, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, in the arms of his loving wife at a Bangor Hospital. He was born Dec. 5, 1935, in Flushing, N.Y., the son of Melville and Jean (Fabian) Ambler. He served in the U.S. Navy.

In the sixth-grade, he started taking photographs. A hobby turned into a profession, he was hired by Eddie Fisher to be the wedding photographer when he married Debbie Reynolds. Ron worked for the Bergen Record, in Bergen County, N.J., as one of their accident photographers. Ronald ran photography studios in Allendale and Westwood, N.J.

In 1973, he opened Castle Studio in Andover, N.J., with a CB shop in the lower level, later converting the studio to Castle Video. In 1984, he purchased a large building in Branchville, N.J., and moved Castle Video to the new location.

Ronald semi-retired in 1998, spending summers in Stockton Springs. In 2000, he converted a utility trailer into LULU’s Dawg House, where he sold dogs and burgers until 2005. In 2005 he fully retired, spending summers in Maine and winters back with family in New Jersey.

One of Ron’s and Lucille’s favorite pastimes was to take long rides together where Lucille would search for birds and Ron would photograph, giving them quality time together.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Lucille J. (Sallette) Ambler; four sons, Timothy Ambler of New York, Kevin Ambler of Charlotte, N.C., Christopher Ambler of Oak Park, Mich., Eric Ambler of Clinton, Conn.; his mother-in-law Lucy Sallette of Long Beach Island, N.J.; brother-in-law Robert Sallette and his wife Lois of Nutley, N.J.; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Ronald had a great love of dogs, and he is also survived by his faithful canine companion Auggie. He will be deeply missed by many dear close friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, and sister Doris Rubin.

A memorial service will take place in Newton, N.J., at a later date, along with a celebration of life in Stockton Springs this summer, also to be announced at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 28 Elm St., Bucksport.