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Obituary of Clayton L. Lombard, Jr.
Clayton L. "Clay" Lombard, Jr., 87, of Glen Drive in Plattsburgh, after persevering through many years of multiple health issues, peacefully passed away on Monday, July 16, 2018 at his home.
He was born in Plattsburgh, April 27, 1931, the son of Clayton and Irene (Premore) Lombard, Sr.
Clay moved to Rouses Point, NY at a young age and grew up in what he viewed as a very special community. He loved the beauty of the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain, and especially enjoyed the opportunities it afforded for trapping mink, fishing, and duck hunting with his best buddy Dick Christie. He enjoyed playing sports while in school and graduated from Rouses Point High School. His love of baseball continued throughout his life and he became one of the New York Yankees best fans.
In July of 1951, he entered the United States Navy and served aboard the USS Bordelon and the USS English in the North Atlantic Ocean and later in the Pacific during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in June of 1955 and returned home to Rouses Point. He later joined the American Legion Post # 20.
Later that same year, he was employed by the Civil Engineering Department at Plattsburgh, Air Force Base. During the course of his employment there, he attended many workshops and trainings at both the University of Maryland and Indiana State University to continue to excel in his chosen career and enabling promotion.
After thirty two years there, he retired in June of 1987 after attaining the position of Supervisor of the Central Heating Plant.
On June 15, 1957 he married Charlene St. Germain at St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh. They had a home built in Champlain Park and started a family. They helped work on the new Church, St. Mary's of the Lake on Cumberland Head. They moved only twice after that, to Peru in 1971 where they remained for forty three years, and then finally, to the city of Plattsburgh to "rest". No more lawns to mow or stairs to climb for them!
Throughout his life, Clay's devotion to his faith and local parishes were an inspiration for his family and friends. He was an altar server in his youth and almost never missed Sunday Mass. He fostered a great love of his faith in his children. Even after moving to Plattsburgh, they returned to Mass at their beloved Peru parish, St. Augustine's, at least once monthly.
Clay and Charlene often invited family, neighbors and friends to join them at home or at their camper at Iroquois Campground in Peru. Their door was always open and entertaining and feeding a crowd was frequently on the agenda.
Clay's quiet, humble, and unassuming personality made him especially well liked by the very young and almost any animal. They seemed to just gravitate toward this kind fellow's kindred soul. An assortment of family pets were loved and lost over the years but never forgotten. Clay made sure his children learned the lessons needed to become responsible pet owners by showing them just how it was to be accomplished.
Left to cherish the memory of Clay is his wife of sixty one years, Charlene A. (St. Germain) Lombard; his brother and sister-in-law Ron and Theresa (Terry) Lombard of Clermont, FL. His children: Lu-Ann M. Santor (Gordon) of Plattsburgh, NY; Lisa J. Escherw of Las Vegas, NV; Lynne E. Kent of Chazy, NY; and Gregory D. Lombard (Nicole) of Peru, NY.
He is also survived by his brother-in-law Carlton St. Germain of Plattsburgh, NY, his sister-in-law Sharon St. Germain of Plattsburgh, NY, his brother-in-law Ron St. Germain of Port Charlotte, FL and mother-in-law, Albina M. St. Germain of Plattsburgh, NY.
In addition, he is survived by his grandchildren: Bryant L. Watson (Kellylynn), Victoria (Tori) A. Schwartz (Jamie), Kara L. Carter (Chad), Christina (Tina) B. Santor, Jonathan G. Santor (Kirsten); Travis K. Fisher (Amy), Chief Warrant Officer Geoffrey C. Lombard, US Army (Shatoya), Emily M. Lombard, and Tanner R. Lombard.
Clay enjoyed spending time with each of his great grandchildren; Cole, Samantha, and Mason Watson, the Carter triplets, Liliana, Scott, and Alivia, Logan and Evan Fisher, and Xavier and Nayomi Lombard.
He dearly loved all his cousins, nieces and nephews, and will be missed by many cherished friends.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by an infant brother, Leslie Lombard, brother and sister-in-law, John and Janis Lombard, John's twin sister, Joyce G. Lombard, infant grandson, Thomas K. Fisher, infant great-granddaughter, Ja'Lieghia Lombard, and infant great grandson, Daniel Santor.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 4 to 7 PM at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 11 AM at St. Augustine's Church in Peru, with Rev. Alan D. Shnob, parish priest, celebrating. Military Honors will follow.
Donations may be made to St. Augustine's Endowment Fund or for masses in Clay's memory.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055.
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