GOLDEN, Miss. - George J. Bombard, 78, of Golden, Miss., passed away on Nov. 23, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Miss.
Born June 16, 1933, in Moira, he was an only child of Clarence Howard and Phoebe (Sweet) Bombard.
George attended school in Lake Colby and graduated from Saranac Lake High School in 1951.
He enlisted into the United States Air Force on Feb. 5, 1953. He was stationed and trained as a jet fighter mechanic in Amarillo, Texas, from April to July 1953. He was then transfered to Lockbourne AFB in Ohio. He was honorably discharged from USAF on Feb. 4, 1957, and was awarded a Good Conduct Medal and a National Defense Service Medal.
On Dec. 21, 1953, he married Dorothy Mae Gowett at St. Bernard's Catholic Chruch in Saranac Lake.
George retired on Sept. 23, 1995, after 34 years of employment with NAPA Auto Suppy working in Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. In 1995, George and Dorothy moved to Jupiter, Fla., and Port St Lucie, Fla. In 2007, they moved to Golden, Miss.
He enjoyed bowling, golfing, fishing, gardening, carpentry, and also did model air planes. He listened to bluegrass and country western music. He played guitar and banjo. He was a devoted N.Y. Giants fan, loving all sports. In the past couple years, his daughters introduced him to Facebook. The communicative nature allowed him contact with distant family members, and he also made many new friends. George loved the Bible sessions with Stacey Golding and her family.
He is survied by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy, of Golden, Miss.; three daughters and their spouses: Cynthia (Stephen) Phillabaum of Centerville, Tenn., Jacqueline (Franklin) Sweeney of Golden, Miss., and Lisa (William) Lanthier of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; nine grandchildren: Betsy Peterson of Grand Cayman, Nikki Kennedy of N.Y., Naomi Gaff of Mississippi, Nicholas Lanthier of New Jersey, Charles and Stephen Phillabaum of Florida, Scott Lanthier of Ohio, Lynne Carranza of Mississippi and Tonya Alonzo of Louisiana; 17 great-grandchildren; in-laws: John Gowett, Mary and Robert Duhamie of New York, Scott Gowett, Andy Gowett, Dora and Melvin LaVair of New Hampshire, and Arlene Gowett of Ohio; and many nieces and nephews and several cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, Clarence and Phoebe Bombard, mother-in-law Addie M. Gowett, granddaughter Melissa Ann Gaff, grandson Michael Brian Celement, two sisters-in-law, Angie and Irene Gowett, and brother-in-law Frank Gowett.
A viewing was held at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala., on Nov. 25, 2011, attended by immediate family and close friends.
George's final wishes will be fulfilled by his family; at a later date his ashes will be placed at a gravesite in St. Alphonsus Cemetery in Tupper Lake.
The family of George J. Bombard request that those who wish to make a donation please consider the Tupper Lake Rescue Squad.