Louis Angelo Lombardo Sr., 81, of Garrison, New York, passed away peacefully on June 18, 2023, at home with his loving wife and family by his side, after a courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia.
Louis was born on July 16, 1941, to Leonard and Lillian Lombardo in Tappan, New York. Louis was raised in Garrison and would remain there throughout his life. It was there that he and his wife of 60 years, Ruth Ann, chose to raise their family.
Louis worked for many years at the Garrison Coal Co., and at the Garrison School as a well-liked bus driver/custodian. Louis is well known for his business, Louis Lombardo and Sons Inc.
Louis took pride in working hard every day until 2019 when his health forced him into retirement and his family continuing to run the business. For over 50 years Louis enjoyed seeing and taking care of the residents of Philipstown.
He also enjoyed seeing their dogs and they looked forward to seeing him too as he was never without a full box of biscuits! When they heard his truck getting close, they would get excited for their visit from Louis. Recently Louis was gifted a book with photos and messages from his special furry friends. A gift he treasured.
Louis was passionate about serving others and was a lifetime member of Garrison Ambulance Corp and the Garrison Fire Department, serving the community proudly for over 35 years. He was always on call and would often be the first on the scene. Among other awards, Louis received a Proclamation from Putnam County in recognition of their appreciation and gratitude for his many years of volunteer services to the community.
Louis was a “collector” and loved finding treasures to add to his many collections. He was especially proud of his 1966 red GMC pickup truck. Louis loved the Hudson River, enjoyed fishing with his children and grandchildren and was a member of the Fish and Game Club in Garrison.
Louis had the incredible ability to be everywhere in one day. He would pick up kids for school in the morning as their bus driver, taking care of his customers in the afternoon, maybe giving an excited dog a biscuit, and he could come back later at night volunteering with the ambulance or fire department. Louis’s trustworthiness and dedication to his community were his life’s work.
People knew they could count on Louis, and he took pride in that. Louis touched the lives of so many generations in this community. He along with his family always loved to hear stories and memories about how he helped and impacted their lives. His dedication to serving others was unmatched, just the same as his sweet tooth! Louis was always dependable and the relationships he has cultivated over the span of his life are the reasons why his loss will be felt, not just by his family, but by our supportive community.
Louis will be dearly missed by his wife Ruth Ann; his children, Louis A Lombardo Jr, Kathy Lombardo, and James “Tony” (Julie) Lombardo; his grandchildren, Kara Hunt, Emily (Nick) Nastasi, Louis “Angelo” Lombardo III, and Anthony Lombardo; his great-grandchildren Lily and Lila Nastasi; brothers, John (Susan) Lombardo, Frank (MaryAnn) Lombardo, and Vincent Lombardo; his brother-in-law Robert (Doreen) Ferris, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his very much-loved grandson, John Hunt Jr.
A celebration of life gathering will take place on July 16, 2023, at the Garrison Fire Department from 1 to 4 p.m. Memorial donations can be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 92 Killian Hill Road SW, Lilburn, GA 30047 (lbda.org).
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