Walter A. Dombrowski

Montville - Walter A. Dombrowski passed away Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.

Walter was born May 8, 1938, in New London, the son of Walter A. Dombrowski and Mildred (Pinkowitz) Dombrowski. Better known as "Walt" to his friends and family, he was a resident of Montville all his life. Walt served in the Air Force from 1955 to 1959 in the 42nd field maintenance squadron as a jet engine mechanic and was stationed at Loring Air Force Base for the duration of his term of service.

He married Margaret R. Paquin of Montville at St. Johns Church in 1962 and was employed at Electric Boat, working third shift as a sheet metal mechanic from 1964 and retired in 1997.

Walt enjoyed a successful career as a stock car driver at the Waterford Speed Bowl, where he drove the Lawrence + Memorial sponsored modified race car and was a two time track champion. He was voted one of the top 50 most popular drivers and inspired many to take up the sport.

Being a devoted member of the Quaker Hill Rod & Gun Club, he enjoyed serving as a chef for countless game dinners. He was also an active member at Snake Meadow Rod & Gun Club, in Moosup, holding several titles over his long tenure. Walt had a passion for the great outdoors, often traveling with his sons and friends to Canada on bear hunts. He loved to fish, the ocean or fresh water, and pheasant and deer were not safe when he was on the hunt!

As a member of the Montville American Polish Club, he made wonderful friends and had so many good times at picnics and card games. Walt had a tremendous love of baseball, and coached many boys at the Little League and Babe Ruth levels. He was a die hard Yankees, Nascar, and UConn Basketball fan, he had an opinion on them all!

Walt was predeceased by his father and mother; sister, Judith (Dombrowski) George; and his grandson, Geoffrey Walter Dombrowski.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Margaret; brother, Ronald and wife, Nancy, of Uncasville; and daughter, Teresa and partner, Elaine Adamcewicz, of Denver, Colo.; son, Scott and spouse, Pamela, of Griswold; son, Jeffrey and partner, Sue Silbey, of Montville; daughter, Michelle Westkamper and spouse, Michael, of Oakdale; son, Jason and spouse, David Charpentier, of New York City; and nine grandchildren.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at the Montville Funeral Home of Church and Allen, 53 Norwich New London Tpke., Uncasville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in Our Lady of the Lakes Church, Oakdale. Burial will be private.

The family would also like to sincerely thank the wonderful staff of L+M Hospital ICU unit, your sensitivity during an emotional time was extremely appreciated. We would like to especially thank Judi for all her knowledge and Lisa for guiding us through Walt's passing.

Please visit www.montvillefuneralhome.com to leave an online tribute or condolence.

Published in The Day on Nov. 9, 2013