Saturday, August 15, 2015

Theodore Lombard Passes Away

      On August 12, Theodore E. (Ted) Lombard died at the age of 91 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland due to a recent illness.
      He was the devoted husband of 62 years of the late Margaret B. Lombard and loving father of Julia A. Venuti, Catherine M. Langer, Thomas A. Lombard, the late Francis W. Lombard, Ann Marie Pessagno, Mary M. St. Denis, Monica L. Phillips, Joseph C. Lombard, Margaret H. Maurizi and Patricia C. Case. He was the brother of the late Dorothy Mottola of New Jersey. Thirty-three grandchildren survive him: Christopher, Nancy, Theodore, Jeremiah, Vincent, and Nicholas Venuti; Margaret, Marc, Melissa and Molly Langer; Michael Scott and Joshua, Sarah and Gillian Lombard; Marie and Matthew Pessagno; Richard, Josephine and Alexandra St. Denis; Jonothan, Drew Barnts and Alli Phillips; Eilis, Aidan, and Declan Lombard; Nelia, Patrick, Grace and Jamie Maurizi; Phillip Case IV, Elizabeth, Zachary and Robert Case. He had fourteen great-grandchildren: Ava Marie and Finn Wilson; Emma, Claire and Allison Lombard; William and Eleanore Venuti; Sadie, Benjamin and Samuel Pessagno; Liam and Leila Lydon; Lily Pessagno and Caden Agee.
      An Eagle Scout and decorated World War II veteran, Ted served as a gunner in B-24 Liberators in 1944 and 1945. He flew 35 combat missions over Germany and Central Europe. He attended Georgetown University on the GI Bill, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1947 and a law degree in 1949.
      He practiced law in Washington, D.C. for over 50 years. Together with his son-in-law, Marc Langer, Ted founded several successful technology companies, including Recovery Point Systems of Germantown, MD. Formed in 1982, Recovery Point is one of the leading providers of disaster recovery services in the country today.
      Ted devoted much of his later professional life to serving the poor through the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and similar organizations. Ted was a longstanding and loyal member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Davidsonville, MD and before that, Mount Calvary Catholic Church in Forestville, MD. He became the first Chairman of the Mount Calvary Parish Council immediately following the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. He served as a leader of St. Vincent de Paul Society at both Mount Calvary and Holy Family, and in 1988 received the Society's highest honor, the Top Hat Award. Ted was devoted to the perpetual adoration of the Eucharistic presence of Christ, and was instrumental in the establishment of Holy Family's Adoration Oratory, a chapel dedicated to that ministry.
      Friends are invited to celebrate Ted's life on Monday, August 17 from 7 to 9 pm at the GEORGE P. KALAS FUNERAL HOME, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 18 at 10:00 am at Holy Family Catholic Church, 826 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville, MD.
      In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Holy Family St. Vincent De Paul Society (826 W. Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD), or (in the name of Frank Lombard) to the The Mann House, a recovery facility focused on alcoholism and chemical dependency (14 Williams Street, Bel Air, Maryland 21014) would be appreciated.

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