James W. Bombard
James W. Bombard, 77, formerly of Maple Hill, Saranac Lake, died on Oct. 20, 2017, at the Fitchfield Gardens Nursing Home in Fitchfield, Massachusetts from dementia-Alzheimer’s Disease.
He was the son of A. Douglas and Charlotte Little John Bombard. A graduate of Saranac Lake High School, he also graduated from Paul Smith’s College and Western State University where he obtained his master’s degree in English. While at Western State, he competed nationally and won the United States 4 Event Championships, which consisted of combined downhill, jumping, cross country, and slalom, along with several national Nordic events.
He worked for the Head Ski Company and was involved with Jean Claude Killy in product development. When the Cummins Diesel Company started the K-2 Ski Company, Jim was one of the original five involved in the startup. His residence at the time was in Sun Valley, Idaho, where he was involved in the development of Scott Poles as well as being the K-2 representative for Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. He returned to Saranac Lake to become the caregiver to his mother, Charlotte Bombard DeSormo.
Jim was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served honorably in Europe.
He is survived by two brothers: Douglas and Jon; sister Natalie Leduc; his former wife Julie; his son Brian Bombard; and several nieces and nephews.
As his directives stated, his body was donated to Albany Medical College.
Jim was a devout Christian and spent a great deal of time with his religion. Those wishing to remember him are asked to make donations to the High Peaks Church, Will Rogers Drive, Saranac Lake.
Services will be at a later date at the convenience of the family.