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Lee Combs

February 27, 2019

Lee CombsLee Combs, 87, passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the Hadlow Center in Jacksonville, Florida.

Lee was born on August 19, 1931 in Jackson, Kentucky, the fifth son of the late Bill and Mary Combs. He attended high school in Wattsburg, Pennsylvania where he played basketball and baseball.

Upon his high school graduation in 1948, at the young age of 17, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was honorably discharged in 1950 to take care of his dying mother. In that same year, he enlisted in the Air Force and fought in the Korean War. Combs was a member of the 655 A/C West Squadron and stationed in Dry Hill. After completing his service, he was honorably discharged in 1954.

On October 2, 1954, he married Donna M. Heldt of Watertown, New York at Holy Family Parish.

Combs began his employment at Niagara Mohawk in 1955. He held both the presidency and steward positions of the IBEW Union Pension Club. After 40 years of faithful service to the company, he retired in 1993 as a line supervisor.

Throughout his life, Lee was an avid lover of sports, especially local sports team in the community. He coached several Holy Family and Case Junior High basketball teams, the Hall Ski Lift Midget baseball team, and was a basketball official for over 20 years. He was a talented athlete in his own right, and was competitive in basketball leagues, horseshoes, NiMo summer picnic races, and golf. When he wasn't competing or coaching, Lee loved to watch his own children and grandchildren, as well as those in the community, compete in athletics. He spent his summers with his family in Ramsey Shores.

Lee is survived by his wife of 64 years, Donna, and his four children, Michael (and Sandy) Combs of Essex Junction, VT, Timothy (and Karen) Combs of Watertown, NY, Lisa (and Bruce) Aubley of Jacksonville, Fl., and John (and Beth) Combs of Indialantic, FL. Also surviving him are his 12 grandchildren: Gina, Kelly, Megan, Nicholas (Thomas), Trisha, Lee, John, Brittany (Aubley), Bruce (Aubley), Jack, Nathan, and Christopher, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc. in Watertown on Thursday, March 7, from 5-7pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Church on Friday, March 8 at 11am with Rev. Steven Murray, pastor, presiding followed by burial in Glenwood Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the St Baldrick’s Foundation.


#7 Barbara Stress-Clayt 2019-03-04 23:00
Donna and Family. Very sorry to learn of Lee's passing. I remember when he came to work on my Dad's line crew. So many years ago. He always had a smile every time I saw him at the warehouse after Daddy & the crew pulled in. May HE wrap HIS arms around all of you as your journey thru this time of grief. Lee will always be with you in your hearts.
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#6 ANTHONY G ANDRE, CYN 2019-03-04 16:15
Donna, Cyndy and I send our sympathy for your and our loss of Lee. He was a great person and a friend for many years. We will all miss him as he was involved in so many things. Lee was always there for everyone, Niagara Mohawk, the retirement club and his church.We missed him at the retirement meetings last year and only failing health would keep him away. God bless you, your family and Lee.
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#5 Danny Combs 2019-03-04 13:31
Aunt Donna, So sorry he had the best sense of humor and a delight to talk to I will certainly miss him!
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#4 Brad Clark 2019-03-04 11:35
Tim and Karen, My sympathy to you and your family. I did not your Dad, but it sounds like he was involved in a lot of good things. Remember the good times and be thankful. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Brad
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#3 Maureen Nolan 2019-03-04 09:30
Donna…My deepest sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts & prayers.
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#2 Beth Hall Delaney 2019-03-04 08:20
My heart goes out to Donna and family. We were neighbors for many years....and Lee would spoil my children with cookies and candy, as well as jokes and playfulness. Fond memories for sure. hugs and prayers to you all at this time.
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#1 Pam Combs Lyndaker 2019-03-03 18:23
My sincere sympathy to Donna and family. I remember Lee from NiMo gatherings and softball games, etc. he was a kind and sweet man. Rest In Peace and may God comfort you in your sadness. My dad, Don Combs and mother, Rose Combs have both gone home. They are sorely missed here and we look forward to the day when we will be together again. God bless you, all of you❤️
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