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BOMBACI, Louis Sr. Louis Bombaci of Old Saybrook, CT, died peacefully July 31, 2010 at Peregrine's Landing in Clinton, with his beloved and devoted wife Elsie (Simmons) Bombaci by his side, Louis was born on Plains Road Essex in September of 1922 to the late Joseph and Mary (DiCara) Bombaci. He is predeceased by two brothers Joseph and John and two sisters Jennie Bombaci Head and Frances Bombaci Nielsen. He graduated from Pratt High School, Essex and took courses at New Haven College. His work experience began at Pratt Read and Company beginning with the development of tools and jigs and advancing to foreman. He then went on to carpentry and cabinet making before becoming self employed as Bombaci Builder, General Contractor in Old Saybrook. He was a member of the First Church of Christ in Saybrook (Congregational). He was a life member of the American Legion Post 113 and enjoyed many years of golfing, sword fishing, and bowling. Many will remember the fruits of his labor as an organic vegetable gardener. Corporal Louis Bombaci was of the 311th Signal Company Aviation with 493rd Bomb Group, Debach in Suffolk, England. He served there from January of 1943 until March of 1946. During this period, he met Elsie (Pat) Simmons in April of 1943. They were married at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England in December of 1945. They were married for more than 64 years. Besides his wife, Louis is survived by two children: Elizabeth Bombaci West of Ivoryton and Louis Bombaci Jr of Old Saybrook and a son in law William J. West of Niantic. He is survived by grandchildren: Lisa West Wilder of Colchester, Kimberly West Howley of East Haddam, Mitchell Stout of San Diego CA, Mathew Bombaci of Deep River, and Wyatt Burgoyne of Clinton. He is also survived by three great grandchildren: Sierra, Kelsey and Gavin. The family would like to thank the entire staff at Peregrine's Landing and Vitas Hospice for their excellent care and compassion. Contributions in his memory may be made to The American Legion, Faulk-Marcolini-Newman Post 113-Inc., PO Box 80, Old Saybrook, CT, 06475. Private graveside service was held on August 5 at Riverside Cemetery, Old Saybrook. Arrangements were provided by Robinson Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, Centerbrook.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Aug. 24, 2010
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