Ambler Junior Baseball: Al Whitcomb


The Ambler community is mourning the loss of one of its most active and involved volunteers, Al Whitcomb.

Whitcomb died May 11, 2010, at Chestnut Hill Hospital.

A third-generation Ambler resident, Whitcomb may be best known by those in the borough for his involvement with Ambler Junior Baseball. A player himself in his youth, he went on to coach in the league and served on the organization's board of trustees for more than 20 years.

From 2000 to 2008, he also ran the snack stand at Pickering Field, a duty he made a top priority.

"He just took such pride in running that thing," Borough Mayor Bud Wahl said, noting even though Whitcomb had a long list of volunteers, he was always there to ensure things ran smoothly.

Whitcomb's love of cars got him involved in many aspects of borough life, most notably the annual Ambler Car Show.

"He's been chairman of the car show committee for all of our 14 years," Wahl said. "He was so intent on doing a good job. In Ambler Main Street over the years, nobody had to worry about the car show committee."

Wahl said Whitcomb was instrumental in the annual planning and helped improve the car show over the years to the event it is today.

Whitcomb also was president of the Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the Antique Truck Club of America, and he owned several vintage vehicles that he displayed in the car show.

Before retiring a few years back, he worked as a bus driver trainer with the Wissahickon School District's transportation department.

Throughout his life, Whitcomb dedicated himself to helping to improve the borough he had always called home.

"He loved this town," Wahl said, noting that whenever a volunteer opportunity came Whitcomb's way, "He simply just did it."

Whitcomb is survived by his wife, Patty, and a daughter, Colleen.