Howard John Gombert Sr., best known to his close family and friends as “Cookie”, passed away peacefully on September 12, 2019 while surrounded by his loving family and pets. He was born on June 1, 1941, in New York, New York to the late Alice (Hood) and Herbert Gombert. He is survived by his two cats, Hunny and Checkers, his children, and his grandchildren. He was married, once, but often joked he “…traded her in for a truck.” And boy, did Howard love his trucks!
Howard grew up in New Fairfield, Connecticut. He was a self-made engineer, a master problem-solver, and a great mechanic. He worked as a machinist for Gilbert & Bennett for many years, built his own televisions and computers from scratch, and rebuilt cars for fun. He also enjoyed the farm life, having worked on various dairy farms in his youth and later bought his own farm in Missouri. Howard also proudly served his country as a U.S. Marine. Howard always made time for his family and friends; he immensely enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. His daughter describes him as a superhero with his navy blue hoodie serving as his cape in disguise as he never turned down an opportunity to lend a helping hand. He was also known to have a soft spot in his heart for his pets, and a fondness of rescuing and caring for stray and abandoned animals.
In lieu of flowers, his family is asking donations be made to the animal shelter in his hometown at https://www.nfsaw.org/donate-now
A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Danbury Memorial Funeral Home (117 South St, Danbury CT 06810) from 5 to 7 p.m. Celebrants are welcomed afterwards to stop at the ice cream truck, located in the parking lot, to help Howard celebrate his last “Ice Cream Wednesday."
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