LOMBARD, Rev. Roy A., died Nov. 27, 2012, at Liza's Place in Wheeling, WV, at the age of 91.
He was born Dec. 1, 1921, in Huntington, WV, and attended St. Joseph Catholic School and St. Joseph Central Catholic High School in Huntington. Father Lombard made his preparatory studies for the priesthood at St. Mary Seminary and University in Baltimore and was ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling May 31, 1947. His first assignment was as administrator of Sacred Heart Parish in Huntington. Father Lombard then served as administrator of St. Theresa Parish in Morgantown, pastor of St. Boniface Parish in Camden (Leading Creek), Christ the King Parish in Dunbar, Holy Trinity Parish in Nitro, Immaculate Conception Parish in Montgomery, St. Anthony Shrine in Boomer, Sacred Heart parishes in Rainelle and Springdale, St. John Neumann Parish in Marlinton and St. Mark the Evangelist Mission in Bartow, St. Peter Parish in Welch and Christ the King Parish in War-all in West Virginia.
Father Lombard also served as chaplain for the Newman clubs at Marshall University in Huntington; West Virginia State University in Dunbar, WV; and West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery; and helped establish the Huntington Sierra Club. He volunteered his services to Catholic Charities Food Service, several hospice organizations, the Crisis Hot Line and the Northern Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Wheeling.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling Dec. 6 at noon with Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, as the presider. Priests of the diocese will be concelebrating the Mass.