OBITUARY

Joseph A Tombrella

October 23, 1945June 13, 2020

Joseph A. Tombrella, of Sarasota passed away June 13, 2020, at the age of 74; he was born October 23, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan. Joe was a proud veteran of the Vietnam War! Everywhere he went he would proudly wear his veteran's hat. He was, also, an avid motorcycle and RV enthusiast. Every chance he got he and his loving wife, Lorie, would be off to different locations with friends on their motorcycle. He proudly served the Sarasota School System in the maintenance department for many years ending with his retirement.

Joe and Lorie spent most of their retirement years in Cleveland, Georgia. They settled in the community of Elkmont where they made many lifelong friends. They had a small cabin nestled in foothills of Georgia. It is a very close-knit community and Joe and Lorie was proud to be a part of it!! After the passing of Lorie, Joe moved in with his brother, Stan, in Sarasota, Florida. Because of his declining health, he was unable to do the things he loved to do.

He is survived by his loving brother, Stan, step-children, Ed (Ella), Angie (Wayne), and Richard, his daughter, Gina (and her daughter, Gia), as well as many step-grandchildren and cousins (in Michigan)! He is also survived by the many friends that he made in Sarasota, Florida, and Cleveland, Georgia! He is also survived by his dog , Ko Ko, who was his companion and protector!! He will be missed!!!

He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Lorie, and his parents , Sam and Cornelia Tombrella. Funeral Service Pending

Services

7 July

Visitation

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Palms Memorial Park

170 Honore Ave
Sarasota, FL 34232

7 July

Funeral Service

9:30 am

Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Palms Memorial Park

170 Honore Ave
Sarasota, FL 34232

7 July

Graveside Service

11:30 am

Sarasota National Cemetery

State Road 72 / Clark Road
Sarasota, FL 34231

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Ella Sencabaugh

July 1, 2020

Ella Sencabaugh

July 1, 2020

Mikey wants me to send this memory.
We all miss you Joe and Lori.

Kim Richardson

June 29, 2020

Joe and I worked together at Brentwood and Tatum Ridge. I had the privilege of having his granddaughter in my classroom in fourth grade. He loved having her attend the same school he worked at. Joe had a wonderful work ethic which was only enhanced by his love for people and his willingness to help in whatever capacity he could. You could usually hear Joe coming down the hall as his presence was announced by the sound of his cluster of keys jingling which hung from his belt loop. He was loved by so many.

Kathy Knapp

June 29, 2020

I was the music teacher at Brentwood and Tatum, and Joe was invaluable to me in helping me set up risers on the stage, moving pianos, and helping me in numerous other ways through years of shows. He always smiled no matter what I asked him to do, and became a good friend. My prayers are with the family. He will be missed.

Dick and Bev MacDougall

June 29, 2020

Our memories of all the motorcycle rides , golfing , bar b ques , and meeting for lunch in Sarasota will always be cherished, Joe and Lori were good friends of ours and will always be missed. RIP Joe

Love you Dick and Bev

Peggy Beckwith

June 28, 2020

I worked with Joe at Brentwood and Tatum Ridge Schools. Joe’s smile each day of work was so pleasant to see, and was always helpful for my many requests of assistance throughout the years. He was an outstanding man and will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. 🙏Peggy

Dorothy Edwards

June 28, 2020

I enjoyed every interaction with him. He was very forthright.


Anelly Koblenzer

June 28, 2020

Joe and I worked together for many years and I had a wonderfu friendship with him and Lori. Always a smile on his face and willing to do whatever was needed, he will be missed by many who loved him. Cheri Tegenkamp and Kathleen Chester also send their deepest condolances.

Robert & Connie Daniels

June 25, 2020

We remember all the motorcycle rides we went on up thru the men’s. Joe had a beautiful motorcycle that he took good care of. We miss seeing him walk his dogs. U will be missed. Every time I go by there cabin I think of Joe & Lorie.

Suzanne Anderson

June 25, 2020

Joe and Lorie were cherished friends here in Cleveland, Georgia! With their easy cheerful spirits and lots of fun on our motorcycles we spent such good times together. Joe and Lorie are truly missed!

FROM THE FAMILY