Ralph “Russ” Joseph Lombardi

WINTERPORT – Ralph “Russ” Joseph Lombardi was born on Oct. 10, 1945, in Buffalo, N.Y. to the late Modesto “Marty” and Irene “Arlene” Lombardi (Polk) and was taken too soon on Sept. 25, 2021, in Bangor.

He leaves behind his best friend, soulmate, and wife of 51 years, Gail (King); his daughters and families, Ann Lombardi and Chris Hutchins, Toni and Nick Barboza; and three adoring grandsons, Austin, Michael, and Andy; his brother, Ron, Delane and family, and the whole King family, who will also miss Russ deeply.

He completed his undergraduate degree at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and his Masters of Music with honors from the New England Conservatory. Upon graduation, he taught at Berklee College of Music before becoming Registrar. He then moved to Maine and became publisher of the Jackman Moose River Chronicle and then the Somerset Gazette, also providing private music lessons at the Prism Music Center. Later he taught at The University of Maine in Augusta. He had many original compositions published, performed at Carnegie Hall, and was flown to Prague to oversee his music being recorded by the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra. He enjoyed retirement in Smithfield before a recent move to Winterport. Throughout his life, Russ has instilled a love for the outdoors in his family.

As an Army veteran himself, Russ felt strongly about honoring and supporting our military and first responders. Two of his favorite charities were the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project. In lieu of any flowers or gifts, the family asks that you consider donating to either of these organizations.

Russ will be missed more than any words can express. Due to COVID a small private gathering was held on his birthday, Oct. 10, in a Celebration of his Life.

A full obituary can be found at: https://brookingssmith.com/book-of-memories/4742169/Lombardi-Ralph/index.php

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