John Giallombardo

John Giallombardo

Saturday, October 21st, 1933 Sunday, June 7th, 2020

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Obituary for John M. Giallombardo

John M. Giallombardo, devoted husband, father, grandfather, and uncle passed away on June 7, 2020, at age 86.
A longtime resident of Staten Island, he spent his last years at his home in Toms River, NJ, with his wife, Regina Giallombardo, nee D'Ambrose, and their dogs.
Born and raised in New York City, on the Lower East Side, he was the son of the late Frank L. Giallombardo and Millie Salerno. He is survived by his wife, Regina; his son, Frank M. Giallombardo, and daughters, Lorraine Pillarella and Lisa D’Auria; grandchildren, Dean and Raquel Pillarella and Christian D’Auria; and sons-in-law Louis Pillarella, Jr., and Ronan D'Auria and daughter-in-law Maribel Giallombardo. He was also married to Marie Giallombardo until her death in 2000. He will be buried with Marie at Moravian Cemetery.
In addition to being a devoted family-man, John had many dear friends and neighbors he cherished through his last days.
John served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, where he was a lead engine mechanic of the B-36 Peacemaker, the largest piston-engined aircraft ever built, and an artist.
After the Air Force, John's talented hands led him to careers in draftsmanship, engineering, sculpting, and toy-making. He held several patents. He later rose to floor-manager at Argo International Corp and, after Argo, was self-employed as an industrial pattern-maker with machine shops in his houses.
John was self-taught and a lifelong learner who had many hobbies. Among others, John's hobbies included drawing, reading, videogame-playing, and writing. He rescued and raised two greyhounds during his retirement. He loved classical music and was a film enthusiast.
A viewing will take place at Colonial Funeral Home, 2819 Hylan Boulevard, this Friday, June 12, 2020, from 6:00-9:00 PM. Due to COVID there will be practiced social-distancing for all family and friends. On Saturday, June 13, 2020, a funeral procession from Colonial Funeral Home will depart at 9:30 AM, followed by interment at 10:00 AM at Moravian Cemetery.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, June 12th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Colonial Funeral Home
    2819 Hylan Boulevard
    Staten Island, NY
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    Friday, June 12th, 2020
    6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Service

    Saturday, June 13th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, June 13th, 2020
  • Interment

    Moravian Cemetery (Staten Island)
    2205 Richmond Road
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Patrick Giallombardo

Rest In Peace dear uncle. You will be missed. Smart, creative, kind, caring and always welcoming. Great childhood memories of your house on Hurlbert St. Always enjoyed our family gatherings there. You led the way for our move to Staten Island.
Comment | Posted at 03:43pm via Condolence

LuAnn Giallombardo-Class

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Rest In Peace my dear uncle John . Many memories from childhood at your Dongan Hills house to visits in NJ. For you it was always about family first . Kind & caring . 🙏🏻❤️
Comment | Posted at 02:35pm via Condolence

Jody Fleischmann

I have only met this amazing man once and he left such a remarkable impression on me! A true gentleman in every way and a completely devoted husband, father and grandfather! God Bless and May he Rest In Peace!
Comment | Posted at 12:17pm via Condolence

Frank M Gialllombardo

It's with a heavy heart and million tears that I report the passing of my father, John Giallombardo. A great person, amazing man; one of the best dads ever; good person for advice. We did so many activities together. Because of him, I became a person who loved music, crafts, science, solving problems, being productive, wanting to make money, and caring about other people. He was 86 years old. He was born the year that the movie "King Kong" was released. He was in the USAF for the Korean War and worked on the B-36 engine. Then he went from being a mechanic to a draftsman to a shop manager, to eventually being self-employed --- developing clients and doing industrial pattern making. We had a workshop in our basement and later garage. I grew up around machines. No other kids had that. We worked on model kits. He also got some patents for machine parts he created. Then he invented some toys which he hoped to copyright and get picked up by a company like Mattel or Hasbro. Then when he retired, his new love was for his greyhound dogs. He had the biggest heart in the world ... until that heart finally gave out. I'll love my father forever. Here --- check out his FB profile. Great guy.
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