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Robert E. Coulombe Obituary
Coulombe, Robert E. 06/09/1921 ~ 04/12/2013 LAKESIDE -- Robert E. Coulombe ("Pepe" to his family) passed away April 12, 2013 at Sharp Hospice Care LakeView Home, La Mesa. Services included a Rosary at 9:30 a.m. and a Mass for the Dead at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 18th, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Lakeside, followed by interment at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, San Diego, at 12:30 p.m. l Cajon Mortuary coordinated the arrangements. Pepe was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Genevieve H. Coulombe, on April 2, 1986. He is survived by his children: Bruce R. Coulombe of Lafayette, LA, Gail Rookey of El Cajon, and Anne Hagan of Lakeside; three grandchildren: Kevin Rookey, Kelley Robeson and Catherine Coulombe; and five great-grand- children: Cali, Summer and Reef Rookey, and Wesley and Genevieve Robeson. Pepe became a resident of Lakeside in 1975. He retired from the United States Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant in 1976 after 30 years' service. He previously served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, 1943-1945, in anti-submarine and convoy escort duty aboard the USS Borie (DD-215), and, after that destroyer sank due to damage it sustained in ramming and sinking an enemy submarine in the mid-Atlantic on November 1, 1943, aboard the USS Fred Talbott (DD-156). While in the Air Force, Pepe served on air bases in Massachusetts, Morocco, England, Texas, Italy, Illinois, Washington State, and Johnston Island in the South Pacific. On April 15, 1972, the recreational area at Aviano Air Base in Italy, consisting of baseball, Little League, softball and football fields, basketball/tennis courts and a picnic area, was named Coulombe Park in recognition of Pepe's "unyielding devotion and support" for the base's recreational programs for the airmen and their families, and for helping Italian athletic officials to organize a local Italian baseball team. After retiring to Lakeside, Pepe devoted himself to his family, to his service as an usher at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, and to being an umpire with the Independent Umpires' Association at all levels of men's, boys' and girls' softball. Pepe was a kind and generous man who was faithful to his family, his Catholic faith and his country. He was the best Dad ever. His family is grateful to the staffs of Sharp Hospice Care LakeView Home and Sharp Grossmont Hospital, and to Dr. Venu Prabaker and Dr. Sam J. Elsheikh, for the care and comfort they provided during Pepe's final days. Pepe would want donations to or Sharp Hospice Care in lieu of flowers.

Published in U-T San Diego from Apr. 17 to Apr. 23, 2013
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