Former Longtime Norwalk Resident
Lombardi, John J., 82 of Ruskin, Florida passed away March 1, 2013.
John was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 19, 1930. He is survived by his wife, Betty Levine Lombardi, a daughter, Lisa Ann Lombardi Csiki, a granddaughter, Heather Marie Lombardi and a Great Grandson, Cameron Zachery Millette and a brother, Louis Lombardi of Queens, New York, and numerous family members.
John's education included City College of New York, Pratt Institute and Brooklyn Poly Tech. He served in the US Army from 1956 – 1958 as a Radar Instructor at Signal Corp Engineering Labs in Ft. Monmouth, NJ.
John was employed at Sperry Gyroscope from 1951 – 1961 where he worked on Sparrow Missiles & Radar Sets.
John was then employed at Barnes Engineering Company from 1961 – 1993 where he held numerous positions including Equipment Engineer to Director of Test, Manufacturing & Detector Fabrication & Test. Responsible for the delivery of numerous Aerospace Systems including (GPS) Global Positioning Satellite Guidance System (developed 1975) and (ERBE) Earth Radiation Balance Experiments – measure the retention rate of the earths temperature.
John was involved with numerous organizations including Founder of Barnes Engineering Federal Credit Union, Member of the Board of Directors for McKesson Federal Credit Union, Served as President of the Stamford Area Recreation Management Association, Member of the Manufacturing Engineer Association, Norwalk Exchange Club, Retired Men's Club, Sons of Italy where he served as Chairman of Orders, Trustee & Orator. Served as President of the Norwalk Taxpayers League, Chairman of the Norwalk Maritime Authority, Member of Oak Hills Park Authority, Served on Board of Directors of N.E.O.N. Inc.
Political activities included one of the original founders of the Norwalk Conservative Party in 1971 and Conservative Party candidate for mayor 1979 & 1985. Served on 3 Charter Revision Commissions, Common Council under Mayors Jennie Cave, Tom O'Connor, William Collins and Frank Esposito.
John served on the Common Council as President and Majority Leader also as chairman of numerous committees. He also served on the Council Finance Committee – chairman of 1st council to set city operating budget spending cap. He was one of the prime movers in adding binding referendum of City budgets in city charter (a 25 year task). He supported numerous senior housing projects including Washington School to senior housing, Broad River School to senior housing, Raymond Home project and Old Marvin School to the Marvin Senior Housing.
John resided in Norwalk for 52 years and recently moved to Ruskin, Florida. He will be missed greatly by his family and numerous friends and acquaintances.
Matthew 5:4, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
Interment with military honors will take place 10 AM, Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. Florida.