Brother Andrew Lacombe, SDB, a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco, dies at age 86


Make text smaller Make text larger



Photos





Bro. Andrew LaCombe died on Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. He was 86.

A member of the Salesians of Don Bosco, he had been a professed Salesian brother for 67 years. Bro. Andy resided and worked at the provincial house in New Rochelle, N.Y., arriving there in 1967 in order to study architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He completed his master’s degree at Pratt in 1972, was certified by the American Institute of Architects and various state boards, and then worked as the New Rochelle Province’s architect until his final illness. He was born and raised in Verner, Ontario. He entered Don Bosco Juniorate at Haverstraw, N.Y., as a high school student in 1948, made his novitiate in Newton, N.J., and professed his first vows at Newton on Sept. 8, 1951.

Bro. Andy returned to Haverstraw as part of the staff (1951-57), and then returned to Newton in the same capacity (1957-67). He was a very capable maintenance man and property manager. He liked to recall how often, when he was at Haverstraw, the Palisades Interstate Park police would call him at all hours to fetch a deer just killed along the parkway.

As the province’s architect, Bro. Andy designed buildings from Tampa to Boston for both the Salesians and the Salesian Sisters, and consulted on projects in other parts of the world. He was active in the New Rochelle Art Association, serving as president for several years and often as a member of prize juries. In October 2012 the Association honored him with a special award for his many services.

Bro. Andy was a treasured confrere, reliable, faithful, modest, and prayerful. He hated to be away from the community. On his 60th anniversary of profession in 2011, Bro. Andy said, “I am thankful to God for giving me the perseverance and talent to help our province and some of our missions in many ways, especially as an architect.”

Bro. Andy’s funeral was celebrated July 2 in the Mary Help of Christians Chapel — a building which he designed — at the Marian Shrine in Haverstraw, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. He was buried on July 3 in the Salesian Cemetery in Goshen, N.Y., the design and maintenance of which was another one of his projects.

Arrangements were under the direction of John J. Fox Funeral Home.



Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

Lawmakers to review voting problems
By David Klepper
In New York state, lawmakers plan to take a closer look at the problems reported on Election Day with an eye toward improving the voter experience.

Read more »
Image

NY to spend $6.8M to expand after-school funding
New York state will invest $6.8 million in existing after-school programs in order to expand the number of children they can reach.
The administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo...

Read more »
Image

(No heading)

Read more »
Image

Local marketing agency media solstice wins national design award
Award winning Hudson Valley marketing and public relations firm Media Solstice was recently recognized as a winner of GDUSA’s 2018 American Health and Wellness Design...
Read more »

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers



MOST READ

Local News
Find your perfect tree
  • Nov 11, 2018

MOST COMMENTED



Find more about Weather in Chester, NY