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Lombardi Rob Lombardi passed away peacefully on Friday, August 23, 2013, surrounded by his family, at his home in Mandeville. He was 55 years old. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Lt. Colonel Philip J. Lombardi and Jeanne (Kuechler) Lombardi. He is survived by his beloved wife, Melissa Crefasi Lombardi; and his loving children, Sean Philip Lombardi, Joseph Michael Impastato Jr. and Nina Ann Lombardi. Also survived by brothers, Mario (Katie) Lombardi, John (Jackie) Lombardi; and sisters, Sharyn Pachnek, Martina (Phil) Rosen, Maria (Ric) Mazon, Marianna (John) Hein, Gina Griffith; brothers-in-law, Victor (Amy) Trapani, and Nicholas (Michelle) Crefasi; sister-in-law, Carol (Steve) Maxwell; and cherished nieces and nephews, Maressa, Katarina, Kenleigh, Rianna, Jacob, Molly, Christopher, Lauren, Alyssa, Tony, Cara, Jessica, Riley, Dominic, Erin, Rose, Brandon, Anthony, Audrey, Matthew, Rachel, Jessie, Sarah, Cameron, Victor and Grant; and five great nieces and nephews and one on the way. He leaves several aunts, uncles, and cousins to celebrate his life. He is preceded in death by his son Robert Joseph Lombardi, and his daughter Armida Marie Lombardi. Rob graduated from Bishop Watterson High School, Class of 1976, and received his BS in Sociology from John Carroll University in 1980. Rob made New Orleans his home when he accepted a position with Wendy's Corporation, opening its first Louisiana Restaurant. He then worked for many years in the healthcare industry and retired as CEO of Gulf States Health. His next venture was a business in the French Quarter, "Daiquiri Deli". In 2000, he purchased "Vincent Art" and made it a "must stop" for repeat visitors from all over the globe. He lived life to the fullest, enjoying frequent visits with his treasured extended family in Boston, and Cape Cod. Rob was most passionate about family, friends, his pets, and golf. He was generous, kind and loving to all who knew him and will be remembered most for the genuine interest he took in each family member and in every one of his many friends. Rob had a remarkable memory, regaling friends and family with detailed stories of their own lives. As much as we will miss him here, we know that he will always be with us. The family would like to extend a special thank you to those who cared for Rob during this difficult time, including his lifelong friends, Bobby Peckham, Sandi Richardson Hanks, Don and Sandi Thomas, all of his brothers and sisters and the staff of St. Catherine's Hospice and Donna Rome, LPN. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Memorial Mass at LAKE LAWN METAIRIE FUNERAL HOME, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans 70124, on Friday, August 30, 2013, at 11 a.m. A visitation will be held at the funeral home beginning at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Metairie Cemetery. To view and sign the guest book, visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Aug. 28, 2013
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