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MECHANICSBURG, PA: Roy Edward Coombs, Jr. of Mechanicsburg, Pa., formerly of Andover, died April 13, 2015. He was born September 11, 1925, in Cambridge, Mass., to Roy and Isabel Coombs, and grew up in Belmont, Mass. He graduated from Governor Dummer Academy and went on to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. In 1950, he married Frances Tenney Coombs to whom he was married for 58 years.

For the majority of his career he worked as a civil engineer and project manager for Western Electric and AT&T. He began his career with the Bell System in North Andover, Mass., and was later transferred to New York City.

While living in Andover, he was active in South Church. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a past master of St. Matthew’s Lodge. After moving to New Jersey, he served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church and was on the Board of Directors of The Reeves-Reed Arboretum and Camp Spears –Eljabar, a YMCA Camp in Pennsylvania. He enjoyed spending winters in Venice, Fla., and making trips to New England. Rockport, Mass., was a favorite place to gather with his extended family. As a transplanted New Englander, he maintained a lifelong devotion to the Boston Red Sox. In 1997, he moved to Pennsylvania where he nurtured two new fans, his granddaughters, who were the lights of his life.

He is survived by his daughters, Martha C. Parvis and her husband, Paul, of Newtown, Conn., and Cynthia C. Harbert of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; two beloved granddaughters, Megan E. Harbert and Rebecca A. Harbert, also of Hampden Township. His wife and his son-in-law, Thomas M. Harbert, preceded him in death.
Published on  April 23, 2015
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