OBITUARY

Thomas A. Rombilus

April 12, 1952May 14, 2019
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Thomas A. Rombilus, 67 of Monroe, CT passed away peacefully with his loving wife Donna and family by his side, after a courageous battle with illness.

Born in Nanticoke, PA on April 12, 1952 he was the son of Alexander Rombilus and the late Dorothy Terkowski. He made many memories growing up on the farm in Pennsylvania. His family moved to Connecticut and he started first grade at St. Anthony’s in Bridgeport. He graduated from the University of Bridgeport as a music major. His focus was on the accordion and he won the US Eastern Cup in 1972. He started the band Mélange with some of his best friends and played hundreds of wedding receptions in Fairfield County from the 70’s through the 90’s. In addition, Tom spent 40 years as a dedicated general music teacher at Bethel Middle School. He inspired thousands of students with his love of music and was awarded teacher of the year in 2015. His passion for music and teaching reached well beyond his professional career. During his retirement he continued to teach piano and took lessons himself to advance his skills.

Beyond music Tom loved sports, especially baseball. As a young boy on the farm in Nanticoke, they only had reception for a Pittsburgh radio station KDKA, making him a fan of all PA teams: Pirates, Steelers and Penguins. When any of those teams were on, full attention was devoted to the games, even during holiday dinners! He enjoyed coaching his children’s teams along with Monroe’s youth.

As much as Tom loved music and sports, his greatest love of all was for his family, who he cherished with every bit of his heart. Kind, compassionate, and full of corny jokes! Tom appreciated the “simple things” in life such as JFK conspiracy theories, Roberto Clemente’s 3000th hit, doubling down in blackjack, and mowing the lawn.

He is survived by his wife Donna; children Tanya and Tommy; father, Alexander Rombilus; sister, Gail Wiggins; nephews, Ray and Deon and niece, Raven Wiggins and father-in-law, Joseph Petronchak. He was pre-deceased by his daughter, Ana.

Friends are invited to greet Tom’s family, in a celebration of his life, on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Spadaccino and Leo P. Gallagher & Son Community Funeral Home, 315 Monroe Turnpike in Monroe, CT.

In lieu of flowers Tom’s family requests contributions to be made to the Thomas Rombilus Music Fund to assist Bethel high and middle school music students. Donations can be made at the link herein: https://www.gofundme.com/tom-rombilus-music-fund. To send an online condolence, please visit www.spadaccinofuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, May 18, 2019

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Patti Kahl

May 19, 2019

Memories of our fun time with Tom at our daughter’s New Year’s Eve wedding this year 💙

Bryan Murphy

May 18, 2019

Donna, Tommy, Tanya, and Joe, I was sad to hear about Tom. He was a class act, and the world will be worse for his passing. I feel fortunate to have shared summers of baseball, the Yacht Club, and all the other great times with him and you. Tom touched so many lives for the better. I hope you, and all his family, are comforted by your great memories of him.

Laura Murphy

May 18, 2019

I have so many fond memories of times with your family. I'm so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was wonderful coach of the young baseball players of Monroe, and an overall great guy. Please accept my condolences and know that you will be in my prayers as you celebrate Tom today, and make your way through the coming weeks and months. I love all the photos you have shared. They really show the value Tom placed on your family. Donna, Tanya, Tommy and Joe, I'm sending hugs to you all today.

Therese McDonald

May 17, 2019

You are a wonderful loving family and with the grace of God someday we will all dance in the forever together.
Gradually and in due time we will understand our lost on this earth...prayers and love.

Bruce Coviello

May 17, 2019

I will miss my friend Tom of almost 44 years. We met starting our teaching careers together at Bethel Middle School. From that day forward I always had many memorable times with Tom. We had a lot of fun and laughs over the years. I will miss his great sense of humor and for he creating many great adventures over the years. My sincere condolences to Donna, Tanya and Tom. He will always be a special person to me.

Robert Allen

May 17, 2019

It's hard to write about a life, especially one as well lived as Tommy's, but I think one event can illustrate the kind of person he was. While in the hospital last week, Tommy was concerned about my 91 year old Mom (his Aunt) Rita Allen and asked his sister Gail to call me in Florida to make sure she was doing OK. To me, that describes at least one part of Tommy well - his love and concern for family. Whenever I spoke with Tommy he'd always bring up family members, both past and current, and how important it was that we get together and remain in contact. To honor that part of Tommy, I have attached a photo from his wedding to Donna, which contains family members from the Terkowski sides of his family. From left to right, and top row: Stosh (Stanley) Sekulski, Donna and Tommy, Tammy (Terkowski) Roeder, and John Allen (my Father). From left to right and bottom row: Gail Rombilus, Monica (Terkowski) Sekulski, Dorthy (Terkowski) Rombilus, Al Rombilus, Patrica Terkowski, and Rita (Terkowski) Allen. Not shown, from the Terkowski side: Edward (Edju) Terkowski, Diane Terkowski, Jackie Terkowski, Cammy (Terkowski) Roeder, and Tommy and Frankie Terkowski.
Tommy, you were a great guy and we will all miss you. Rest in Peace, buddy.

Milton Jacoby

May 17, 2019

Tom was the total package - teacher, performer, DJ, and gentleman. We met years ago through Frank Porto. Please accept my sincere condolences. He will be missed.

GAIL MERANDO-FRIEDMAN BARRETO

May 17, 2019

So sorry to see this. I knew Tom when we took our accordion lessons at Frank Porto Music for many years. I am happy to see he continued his love of music. He was always a very sweet person. RIP

Jen Luciano

May 16, 2019

Mr. Rombilus was a wonderful music teacher! His kind heart and sense of humor made learning fun. He always had a funny joke for kids, like the time he tried convincing the class that The Bible was about baseball because it starts with "In the big inning". What a fun person to be around. I'm sorry to hear of his passing and wish his family comfort in this difficult time.

The Eagan Family

May 16, 2019

Dear Donna, Tanya and Tommy,
We are deeply sorry for the loss of your beloved husband and father. We have wonderful memories of the times spent together in Newport with you over the summers. Tom was a great man, he was warm and friendly and kind and fun. He will be deeply missed. Please know that you are in our thoughts and in our prayers. Please accept our deepest condolences.
Debbie & Jim

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