OBITUARY

Richard A. Coombs

November 17, 1926February 6, 2017
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Richard A. Coombs (Dick), 90, of Glastonbury, CT, widower of Virginia Keihm Coombs and Winona Toon Coombs, close friend of the late Alice Robinson, passed away peacefully from this life on Monday, February 6, 2017. He was born at Hartford Hospital on November 17, 1926 and was a son to the late Richard E. Coombs and Sarah Edwards Coombs. Dick proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion. Dick was employed as a pharmaceutical salesman for many years, and spent the last 10 years of his career working for Senior Services in Glastonbury, driving the Dial-A-Ride van. He was a devoted volunteer, giving his time to the Senior Center, AARP (President), Memorial Day Parade, decorating Veteran's graves with flags and flowers, Meals on Wheels, Strawberry Supper, Apple Festival, playing Santa at Christmastime, and many others. He will be remembered for his love of the Red Sox, the Native American culture, swimming, the island of Nevus, our yearly Lobster Fest, cheeseburgers from Shady Glen and Wendy's, maple walnut ice cream, his town, his country, his church, his friends and neighbors, but most of all he loved his family. He is survived by his three children and their families: Sandra Coombs Zielinski and her husband Steve of CT; Richard G. Coombs and his wife Alison of TX; Scott E. Coombs and his wife Linda of Rhode Island. Dad also leaves 8 grandchildren: Jessica, Rebecca, Monica, Lauren, Bren, Ethan, Breanna and Katherine; and 5 great-grandchildren: Sophie, Gracie, Charlie, Sam and Adelynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to gather at the Glastonbury Funeral Home, 450 New London Tpke., Glastonbury, on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. His funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Buckingham Congregational Church, 16 Cricket Lane, Glastonbury. Prior to the service there will be a brief gathering from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the Glastonbury Funeral Home. Pastor Sara Worcester will be officiating. In honor of his selfless service to his country, his service will conclude with full military honors at the church. A reception will be held at the Adams Mill Restaurant, Adams Street, Manchester, CT following the service. The interment service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Buckingham Congregational Church, 16 Cricket Lane, Glastonbury, CT 06033. Please clink on link at right to share memories and express condolences.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, March 17, 2017
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 18, 2017
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Richard A. Coombs

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Dori Mantz

March 12, 2017

Dear Sandi and Family,
Doug and I will be thinking of you this weekend as you gather as a family to remember and celebrate the life of your dear Dad. Even though your Dad lived a long and full life, it's still so hard to lose a father and grandfather. We send you all our love and are remembering you all in our prayers.
With Much Love,
Doris and Doug Mantz

FROM THE FAMILY

Rick G. Coombs and Richard A. Coombs (son) 1978

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Indian Guide 1980

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Rick, Scott standing
Dad, Sandi sitting
1988

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Grandpa Coombs with son Scott Coombs and his first grandson, Ethan Coombs 1992

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Grandpa Coombs with Ethan Coombs 1993

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Grandpa Coombs and Breanna Coombs (granddaughter) Christmas 1994

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Grandpa Coombs, Scott Coombs, grandson Ethan Coombs and Winnie Coombs at Ethan's 1 year birthday party 1995

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Christmas 1995

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3 Generations- Grandpa Coombs, Ethan Coombs, and Scott Coombs 1996