LEWISTON — Rev. Anthony Lombardi passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, at the age of 89 on Thursday, June 22, at Marshwood Healthcare Center.

Rev. Lombardi was born in Torchiati, Italy, on May 28, 1928, to Alfonso and Immacolata (Russo) Lombardi. He came with his family to America in 1929 and was raised in Staten Island, N.Y. Rev. Lombardi was a graduate of Houghton College and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he trained for the Christian ministry. On Aug. 20, 1952, he married Donna Smith of London, Ontario, Canada.

The following year, Rev. Lombardi received a commission to go to Maine and re-open a small church in Lewiston. He was ordained by the Conservative Baptist Association of America in 1955.

During his life, Pastor Lombardi shepherded three different congregations. In the beginning of his career, he pastored the South Lewiston Baptist Church as well as, for a short time, the First Congregational Church of Durham. In his later career, he pastored Gibbs Mill Road Baptist Church in Livermore. Between 1953-1990, Pastor Lombardi ministered to the congregation at South Lewiston Baptist Church. In later years, he was the volunteer hospice chaplain at Marshwood Healthcare Center, where he was a resident.

Throughout his ministry, Rev. Lombardi was known for his unrelenting proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ both individually and in the pulpit, in all circumstances and settings. His passion for people to know Christ was seen not only in his habit of personal evangelism but also in his lifelong devotion to missions.

Survivors include his wife, Donna; two sons, Mark and wife, Terri, of Hancock, N.H., and John of Dover, N.H.; a daughter, Jane and husband, Rev. Bret McAtee, of Charlotte, Mich.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The Lombardi family wishes to express their deep gratitude to all of the staff at Marshwood Healthcare Center who were so attentive in the care of Rev. Lombardi for 19 years and especially to Amy and Sandra who tenderly attended him in his final hours.

Online condolences and sharing of memories may be expressed at www.lynchbrothers.com.

Rev. Anthony Lombardi

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