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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.


#15 Anna Guyette 2019-03-19 09:24
So sorry to hear about Lee. My prayers are with you and your family. God Bless You!
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#14 Cathy Coty 2019-03-19 09:23
To the entire Combs family....my deepest sympathy goes out to all of you at this time. Cherish your memories as I’m sure you have many.
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#13 ARNIE STEEDMAN 2019-03-19 09:22
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#12 Andy Huck 2019-03-19 09:21
My condolences to the Combs family. Lee was a great friend and supporter of mine during my career at Nimo. I will always remember his commitment to employees and the company while always having a great sense of humor. He was a great guy and I’m sure everyone that knew him will miss him. You are in my thoughts and prayers!
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#11 Bob Saiff 2019-03-19 09:21
To Donna and family. So sorry to hear of Lee passing. He was truly a gentleman. I can't begin to tell you all the good times we had at work, whether on a storm or in Watertown. He was a mentor, partner, foreman, supervisor and golfer, he'll truly be missed. My deepest sympathy and condolences.
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#10 Lew Kibling 2019-03-19 09:20
Please accept my condolences and know that my thoughts are with your family at this time.
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#9 Mark Robbins 2019-03-19 09:19
Condolences to the Combs family, esp. former classmates and teammates Tim and Mike on the loss of your dad, Lee. I remember him well as HFS basketball coach and referee.
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#8 Denny and Joanne VanCamp 2019-03-19 09:18
Karen, Tim and the Combs Family, we send our thoughts and prayers your way to help in the loss of a dear loved family member.
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#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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