Louis J. Colombo

Date of Death: 
December 8th, 2018

Louis J. Colombo passed away on December 8th, 2018 at the age of 90. He was a WWII veteran, a butcher by trade, the 40-years' owner of Lou's Meat Market in Northeast Philly, a Sinatra fanatic and a caterer for the Phillies. He was the husband of nearly 70 years to Velia (nee DeRose); father to Julie Setzer (the late Edward), Velia McCabe (Jim), Susan Langenstein (Will) and Laina Spinelli (Dan). He was simply the best of the best. He died as he lived: surrounded by family—all four of his daughters and many grandchildren-- and with his wife by his side. He is also survived by 12 loving grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and his brother Libert Colombo. He was predeceased by his parents Albert and Julia and his brother Michael. Grandpop Colombo seemed to enter the world—and every room—singing. Literally. Apparently, he won a radio contest for his singing in childhood. His typical greeting: a bear hug, a kiss and excitement so deep and genuine you thought there might be a studio audience secretly watching. He was the yin to his wife's yang—he was always up for a party (though he rarely drank); she's always been more private. He seemed to not understand the concept of sarcasm; Grandmom Colombo may have invented the genre. Lou delighted in spending time with his family, especially his grandkids and great-grandkids. And he fought for that privilege. Fought through two bouts of cancer that, he reminded his family proudly, left his full head of silver hair intact. "I went through chemo and didn't lose this," he chided his sons-in-law. Mostly, there was exuberance—for the legendary Sunday family dinners, for breakfasts out with one or more of his grandkids, for the overwhelming canned tomatoes collection in his basement, for the annual trek to Florida each winter and for life itself. When he passed on December 8th, he'd enjoyed 90 years of a life well lived and well loved. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. Relatives and friends are invited to call Friday, December 14th from 10 to 11am at St. Rose of Lima Church, 428 S. Main St. North Wales, PA 19454. Funeral Mass will follow at 11am. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers family would prefer a donation to your favorite charity.

Memories and Condolences

A truly wonderful person who always had a welcoming way about him. Whenever we saw him, he would always have a smile on his face and would go out of his way for a hug and conversation. Our deepest condolences and prayers for the family. He will be missed. Love to all of you.
We were privileged to often be in Lou’s company when he visited his daughter Velia. He was the perfect example of a husband, father, Pop Pop, and a great and caring person. Lou you will be remembered fondly.
Susan, Condolences to you, your Mother and your family. Your Father sounds like a wonderful man who will be greatly missed. Wishing you Peace. Mary
Susan, So sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace and loving memories to you and your family.
The heartfelt condolences from the Simone family to the family of Lou Colombo, treasured by us all. It was an honor to know and love him. He is singing with the angels now!!! All our love to Lou's family.
We lost touch with Lou after my dad died in 1991. Lou was the best, he was our family's butcher, and my dad's (Joe Smith)friend. We saw him nearly everyday, he was like part of the family. God rest him in peace. He was one-of-a-kind! So sorry to just find this. Jackie and the entire Smith Family

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