Bomann, Donald

Donald Bomann, fondly known as “Pidge”, died Thursday morning at his home in Farmington, CT. He was 85.
He was born in New York City in 1932 to Donald and Janet Bomann and was raised in Rye, New York where he lived for over 50 years.
Donald was a graduate of the Phillips Exeter Academy and Kenyon College and was recognized for his service as class agent and formidable fundraiser at both schools. He was also the chairman of his Exeter 25th Class Reunion.
Donald was tremendously proud to be part of a family military legacy. He served in the US Army in Germany from 1955-1956 while his brother Holmes Bomann served in the US Marines in 1951. They followed in the footsteps of their grandfather, Major General John F O’Ryan who commandeered the 27th New York National Guard Division in World War I that broke the Hindenburg Line.
He was employed for two years by the Burroughs Corporation and then spent over 30 years with IBM in various sales and marketing roles. After retiring from IBM, he and his wife owned a real estate company, Realty 3, in Rye for 17 years.
Donald was also passionate about community service. He served for several years on the Board of Directors of the Rye YMCA, and as Vice Chairman of the fundraising committee he was instrumental in doubling the Y’s footprint in the 1990’s. More recently, he organized a highly successful neighborhood food drive for the Farmington Food Pantry filling two pickup trucks and soliciting cash donations.
A tennis, squash, and pickleball enthusiast, Donald was a member of the Apawamis Club in Rye for 38 years. For almost 20 years he founded and ran a popular squash group known as the SWANS (Seniors Wednesday At Noon Squash).
Donald will be remembered for his marvelous sense of humor and the tongue-in-cheek short poems he wrote and delivered on special occasions.
He is survived by his wife Joan Bomann, and his children from a previous marriage, Christopher Atkins Bomann, Elizabeth Bomann Kopp, and John Scott Bomann.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday February 20, at 11:00 AM at St. James Parish, 3 Mountain Rd, Farmington, CT
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Rye YMCA 21 Locust Avenue
Rye, NY 10580 or St James Parish, 3 Mountain Rd, Farmington, CT.

Calling Hours

Funeral Service

Tuesday February 20, 2018 at 11:00 am in St. James Parish ~ 3 Mountain Rd, Farmington Ct


Memorial Contribution

Ryd YMCA 21 Locust Ave Rye NY 10580 or St. James Parish 3 Mountain Rd Farmington Ct 06032

3 Responses to 'Bomann, Donald'

  1. sandrine says:

    Cousin Pidge was always the life of the party. i loved his story telling and joy of keeping the family together. i just read Mieke’s post and nodded in knowing that Pidge was the one to keep everyone together. i have never met Mieke, but know of her through Pidge. My husband went to Kenyon too and they seem to have this bond from a distance, because Pidge keeps the family together. He and I last spoke in November as he was putting more recent pictures together of the family tree. keeping the General’s legacy in order was something I will always remember him for. I hope that as my kids grow up i will be able to keep the laughter alive and the stories flowing like cousin Pidge always did. xoxoxo to Joannie and the family. Pidge had so much life. i am sure it will still be felt around us all.

  2. Mieke H. Bomann says:

    My Uncle Pidge was one of the funniest people I have ever had the pleasure to know.

    As a kid, I watched his antics and mimicry of family members and friends at gatherings at his mother’s house–my grandmother–that had young and old bent over in pain from laughing. There was never anything mean about his jokes; Pidge was a kind person and simply loved to take the light road whenever possible.

    Later, I moved away and rarely saw him but he’d periodically call to see how I was doing and give me the updates about my cousins, of whom he was incredibly proud. He and I attended the same college, and he always shared any news from campus that I might have missed. More recently, Pidge sent me copies of newspaper columns regarding grammar and word usage, which he thought I’d enjoy, as a writer and editor.

    He once told me that he had been so pissed that my dad, his brother, had died so young because they could have had such fun together. Who knows. Maybe now they can.

    All love, Mieke

  3. Hope Mazzola says:

    Sharing in your sadness as we all remember Donald. He was a prince among men and the adored husband of my dear friend Joan. He touched the hearts of all who knew him and the memories he left will forever be treasured.
    I am thinking of you all and sending love.

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