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DANBURY, CT – Jeremiah F. Lombardi Jr. passed away peacefully at Danbury Hospital on April 25, 2022 at the ripe old age of 100. He was the husband of the late Anne Marcelle Mortimer.
Son of Jeremiah F. Lombardi Sr. and Mary (Tomaino) Lombardi, Jerry was born September 3, 1921 and lived most of his life in Danbury, Connecticut. Jerry and Anne, his wife of 54 years, also owned a treasured oceanfront home in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. Jerry graduated from Danbury High School and amusedly reminded his family that he had been voted “best natural” by his classmates. This temperament as well as a sharp and dry mind were valuable traits for life. Jerry graduated from Duke University in 1943 with a degree in business administration, majoring in economics. In March 1943, he was called up for service and, as a member of the United States Army, was sent to infantry training. But at Duke University he had already met Anne, the love of his life, and after four years of relationship, they were married on January 15, 1944. After training as a glider squadron mortar gunner, Jerry was unable to leave for the European theater due to a health problem. In 1945, he was instead sent to the Philippines. Following an interview and in recognition of his educational abilities, Jerry was assigned to serve as Staff Sergeant in Alternate Command Headquarters for the Western Pacific Theater until his discharge in April 1946. Jerry and Anne then moved to Danbury to practice their profession and raise a family.
Jerry joined his father for many years in the operation of the insurance and real estate agency JF Lombardi. He was chairman of the Greater Danbury Board of Realtors, chairman of the committee that established the first multiple listings system, and first chairman of the multiple listings service once it was launched. Jerry also served as president of the Greater Danbury Insurance Agents Association. He was a tax assessor for the town of Danbury for two years and was a member of the Town of Danbury Veterans Housing Authority before the consolidation of the town and city of Danbury. In addition to the family business, Jerry was for many years the head of the City of Danbury Redevelopment Agency. In this capacity, he administered real estate acquisition, family and business relocation, and flood control construction to renew downtown infrastructure after the floods of 1955 and 1957. He disbursed all federal grant funds for redevelopment and community development programs that implemented city improvements such as the creation of Patriot Drive and the establishment of the Housatonic Area Regional Transportation System (HART). In 1986, Jerry retired as Director of Redevelopment and Community Development.
Jerry was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Danbury and in 1946 joined a group of men to create what later became Danbury City Catholic Veterans Station 1042. He was the first post treasurer, a former post commander and an active member. of the Catholic Veterans Executive Council. In October 1996, during the 50th golden anniversary of post 1042, he was the guest of honor as the only member to have been active for the entire 50 years. Speakers included in their honors her wise leadership as well as her warmth, kindness and friendship. Jerry was a member of the Danbury Lions Club for 64 years and always attended their weekly meetings. He was a former secretary, served on many committees, and was chairman of the project committee that built the Highland Avenue playground. He was also recognized as a life member of the Amerigo Vespucci Lodge of the Sons of Italy and a member of the Greater Danbury Men’s Club.
Jerry had a passion for Yankees, biographies, crossword puzzles, golf and the ocean. He was deeply committed to his community and his friends. Most importantly, he had an enduring love for his family. He was a devoted husband who showed compassionate support and endless love during the long illness of his wife, Anne. He was an amazing father who was always available with intelligent, consistent, and loving guidance for his children. He molded and instilled in them the virtues of honesty, integrity and a strong work ethic.
Survivors include his daughters: Marianne Lombardi of Newtown and Joan Bybee of Danbury; his son Robert Lombardi and his wife, Carrie, of Newington; and his three grandchildren: Monica Lombardi and Jacqueline Lombardi of Connecticut and Stephen Lombardi and his wife, Sheriden, of Texas.
Memorial services for Mr. Lombardi will be held privately at the request of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Post 1042 Scholarship Program for Catholic Veterans in the City of Danbury, 2 Shalvoys Lane, Danbury, CT 06810.