Louis B. Colombo

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Louis Bernard Colombo, passed away unexpectedly on March 3, 2012, in Ft. Myers, Fla., just moments after he left the bandstand, one of his favorite places to be. But the place he loved most was at home, surrounded by his family, whose profound love, respect and adoration knew no bounds. Lou was born in Brockton, MA, in 1927 to Vincent and Concetta (Ippolito) Colombo. Lou and Noel moved their family to South Yarmouth, MA, in 1970 and resided there ever since, spending winters in Florida over the last 30 years. Lou's sweet trumpet notes exemplified the big heart and passion for life he possessed. To him, the melody was paramount. He was a true people lover and a champion of the underdog. Lou served in the Army band during WWII and enjoyed a successful career in the Minor Leagues, playing outfield for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Brooklyn Dodgers, maintaining a 350 average until his career was cut short by a broken ankle, one of the few disappointments in his life. Luckily, he had his horn to fall back on and lovingly raised six children during a long and illustrious music career which included stints with the Charlie Spivak and Prez Prado Bands as well as the Artie Shaw Orchestra. But his most treasured gigs were with his dear, lifelong friends Dick Johnson and Dave McKenna. He went on to record with them on his Concord Jazz Label CD's "I Remember Bobby," a tribute to friend Bobby Hackett and "The Naturals," a tribute to Artie Shaw. Trumpet legend Dizzy Gillespie once remarked in an interview that he thought Lou was the best trumpet player he'd ever heard, and they performed several unforgettable concerts together. Tony Bennett was a great admirer as well and the two spent many years celebrating their birthdays together at the Roadhouse Cafe in Hyannis. Lou is survived by his best friend and beloved wife of 60 years Noel (Tremblay) and his six children, Lou Anne of Brewster, MA, Lori of Yarmouthport, MA, David and Tom (Leanne) of Sandwich, MA, Lynda (Mark) of Delray Beach, FL, and Sherri (Marc) of Ft. Myers, FL. He also leaves grandchildren Chelsea of Miami, FL, Kiley, Casey, Ryan, Tom Jr. and Emma Colombo of Cape Cod, Tanner and Alex Stening of Ft. Myers, FL, and Caitlin (David) Chahwan of Dedham, MA. Lou also had two great-grandchildren, Christopher and Caela Chahwan of Dedham, MA. Lou is survived by brother Vincent (Martha) Colombo of Brockton, MA, and sister Jeanette (Larry) Small of Bridgewater, MA, along with many cousins, nieces and nephews. Lou was predeceased by his parents and sisters Carmen (Thomas) Frawley, Gloria (Phillip) Caplice and Lucy (Al) Saba. We're certain that Lou is in the heavens playing a mean set with Archangel Gabriel. Lou gave so much of his time and heart to the community, mentoring hundreds of students over the years, so in lieu of flowers we ask that you make a contribution to the Lou Colombo Music Gift Account at the Dennis/Yarmouth Regional High School, 210 Station Avenue, So. Yarmouth, MA 02664. A New Orleans funeral procession and memorial service is planned for Sunday, June 17, at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, MA from 2 - 5 p.m.

Published in The Barnstable Register from Mar. 25 to Apr. 1, 2012
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