TRIBUTES were paid to a much loved DJ who passed away after a long battle with illness.
Ambrose Harcourt, who lived in Worthing and presented radio programs in Sussex and southern England for over five decades, died on August 31 at St Barnabas Hospice in Worthing, aged 74, with his family by his side.
Ambrose’s family paid tribute to the “most loving, caring and inspirational person who always had time and a hello for everyone”.
They said he was “missed greatly as a husband, father and grandfather.”
“We were touched by the kind words and the memory of so many stories from those who knew him and it is clear that he changed the lives of so many for the better,” they said.
“The family is so proud of what he has represented to everyone through his charity and radio career.”
Ambrose, whose real surname was Obiajulu, came to Britain alone from Nigeria in 1964 to complete his education as the eldest child of a large family, first to Norwich and then to Kings Lynn.
His love of music began in college in 1969, where he and a few close friends started a company that hosted events and concerts.
Ambrose, also known as “Mr. Lurve’, started his DJ career in pubs and clubs in east London, which grew into Hospital Radio at St George’s in Tooting.
After moving to Sussex, Ambrose joined Southlands Hospital Radio in 1982.
There he met Simon Mayo, who told Ambrose to apply for a new station that was being launched.
There he adopted the stage name “Harcourt”, which comes from the Nigerian town of “Port Harcourt”.
Ambrose, who has settled in Worthing with his young family, joined Southern Sound in 1986.
His “unique” voice and presentation made him one of the most well-known and popular presenters in all of the South.
The station, which later became Southern FM and then Heart FM, aired its shows Soul Direction, The Love Hour, Night-time Heart and Soul and Love Zone, with the infamous Love Bites Top 3 “ Become obsessive listening.
Ambrose also broadcast on other stations across Sussex and the South including Juice FM, Arrow FM, Sovereign FM and more recently Regency Radio, a station he helped set up.
Ambrose has also worked in other areas of entertainment over the years, including at the BBC as a continuity announcer on BBC1, BBC2 and Radio Five Live, at ITV Meridian and Sky UK Living where he presented the series Looking for Love, which was filmed in Brighton and many parts of Sussex and even recently played the role of Pele in a TV commercial alongside Arsenal footballer Gabriel Jesus.
Aside from music, Ambrose’s other passions have been his Chelsea football team and he has been a season ticket holder for over 30 years.
Ambrose has been involved with many charities over the years, two of which were very close to him and have worked with them for over 20 years.
He was vice president for both Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice, and St. Barnabas House, a hospice providing palliative care, where he was cared for in his final days.
He worked tirelessly for these charities with many fundraisers including a bike challenge and a five day trek along the Inca Trail in Peru which raised £143,000 which he completed shortly after undergoing grueling treatment for his illness in 2019.
He has also worked with the Princes Trust, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research, Scope, Mencap and many others.
Jay Jackson of Regency Radio said: “Ambrose leaves a void in Regency Radio that will never be filled and no one can fill it!
“The entire team is devastated by the sad news.
“He was a wonderful person; he wanted only the best for everyone and did everything he could to help aspiring presenters achieve their dreams of radio; Ambrose was a director at Regency and was instrumental in making it the success it has become.
“We will continue his good work on his behalf by naming our new studios after him once he is built. He will never be forgotten and will always be in our hearts.”
A book of condolences has been set up on Regency Radio’s home page and can be found at www.regencyradio.co.uk
People can also send their condolences here.
Regency Radio will pay tribute to Ambrose by playing Mr Lurve’s favorite songs non-stop.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20895379.tributes-paid-sussex-dj-ambrose-harcourt/?ref=rss Tribute to Sussex DJ Ambrose Harcourt