Obituary of Louis C. Giallombardo
Louis C. passed away surrounded by his family on April , 2019. He is survived by his devoted wife of 64 years, Barbara, his loving children, Debbie, Lynn, and Douglas, and his beloved granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Kristyn. He was predeceased by his much loved parents Elizabeth and Charles Giallombardo and brother-in-law Robert Budnick.
He was an immeasurably proud veteran of the United States Navy, serving in the Korean war on the USS Midway. This experience informed who he was for the rest of his life.
Born and raised in Manhattan, Louis met Barbara, the love of his life, when they were teenagers—when his best friend asked him to take care of her while the friend went into the service. The rest is history, as they spent the rest of their lives together, raising their three children in New City, NY.
Louis was very fun and creative. He hung a trapeze over the swimming pool, and kids would come from lots of other neighborhoods just to swing on that trapeze. He enjoyed cooking and made the best Sicilian pizza around. He was recognized in our neighborhood as the man who could fix anything; hence, we received many a call on a cold winter pre-dawn morning when someone’s heat wasn’t working or their pipes had burst. He loved people and could be a charmer in any situation.
Louis’ 40-year career was as a mechanic for Otis Elevator Co. He was so highly regarded at what he did that he was responsible for teaching and mentoring younger mechanics.
After retirement, he enthusiastically dove into scuba diving—his passion. He and Barbara also traveled extensively in early retirement, including to Bali, Finland, France, and Russia, just to name a few of their globe-hopping adventures.
Louis was a proud lifelong member of The American Legion. He was a guy’s guy and treasured just hanging out and having fun with his dearest friends of many years.
Louis’ family and friends celebrate him and his life well lived. He is already deeply missed. For Louis, everything came down to his family…and taking it all “one day at a time.”
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project or United Hospice of Rockland.
Visiting is Tuesday April 9, 2019 at The Joseph W Sorce Funeral Home, Inc. from 4-8pm. Funeral service is Wednesday April 10, 2019 at 10:00 in the funeral home, burial to follow at The frederick Loescher Veterans Cemetery, New Hempstead, New York.
Jospeh W. Sorce Funeral Home, Inc 728 West Nyack Road West Nyack, NY 10994 (845)358-4433 www.sorcefuneralhome.com
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