Duanesburg, N.Y. — Wm. Francis Bombardier Sr., 81, of Bradenton, Fla., and Duanesburg, N.Y., died March 17, 2004, at the Bradenton Hospice House, Bradenton, Fla.
He was born Sept. 7, 1922, in Rouses Point, N.Y., and spent the winters in Bradenton for more than 20 years. He retired as a locomotive engineer after 43 years with the Delaware and Hudson Railroad. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Post in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and was a former member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in Latham, N.Y.
He was a Seaman First Class in the U.S. Navy during World War II and received the American Theater Ribbon, European Theater Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with four stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bradenton, Fla., and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Delanson, N.Y.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 62 years, Arlene (Guay) Bombardier; daughters Brenda Zelenke and her companion John Corelli of Albany, N.Y., and Deborah Hickey and her husband John of Duanesburg, N.Y.; sons Gaylord of Pompano Beach, Fla., and William F. Jr. of Saratoga Springs, N.Y; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on March 19, 2004, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bradenton. A second memorial Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Delanson, N.Y., on Wednesday, June 30, 2004, at 10 a.m. Inurnment will be at Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, N.Y.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bradenton Hospice House c/o Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
Arrangements by White - Van Buren Funeral Home, Delanson, N.Y.