Ambrosio “Joe” M. Grospe Jr. (photo above) of Castleton Corners, Staten Island, N.Y., a former aide to Philippine Consul General in New York Francisco “King” Rodrigo, died on Tuesday of a massive heart attack at home. He was 72.

Born in Cabanatuan, Philippines, he came to New York in 1968, moving to Brooklyn.

He settled in Castleton Corners in 1973.

Grospe graduated from Wesleyan University in the Philippines.

He sold life insurance, managed a delivery business and drove a cab before working as an aide to Rodrigo, who was appointed by then President Corazon Aquino in 1986 following the People Power EDSA Revolution.

“My father lived, loved and laughed with his friends and family,” his son Edwin told the Staten Island Advance. “He will always be in our hearts.”

Grospe was a member of Gramercy Masonic Lodge No. 537.

In 2005, he became the 19th president of the Philippine Masonic Association of America, New York Chapter.

He was also actively involved with the Staten Island Philippine American Group (SIPAG), New York Walkers Club, and St. Teresa’s R.C. Church, Castleton Corners, according to friend Willie Paderon.

Grospe left behind his wife of 41 years, Conchita; his sons Edwin, Jerry and Raul; his daughter Melissa Hjorten; a brother Romeo; a sister Perla; and four grandchildren.

A wake is scheduled today (Dec. 17, Friday) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m;. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Casey Funeral Home, Castleton Corners.

The funeral will be on Saturday from the Casey Funeral Home, with a mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Teresa’s Church.

Arrangements include private cremation.

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