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'Like Another Son': Village Remembers Omboni Jr.

A young volunteer firefighter dies over the weekend.

  • Visitations for Joseph Omboni Jr. will be held today and tomorrow from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. at Edward-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. The memorial service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Irvington.

Friends and family continue to mourn the loss of Joseph Omboni Jr., a Dobbs Ferry volunteer firefighter who died in a motorcycle crash this weekend.

Omboni, 27, in New Castle. 

Here are two recent remembrances posted on Patch. 

Maddie Corman Alexander wrote:

"What a tragic loss for his family and for all of us who will miss his sweet smile. He waved to my kids each and every day and he seemed to always have a sparkle in his kind eyes. We send our thoughts and prayers to Joe Sr and the rest of his family."

Job Spetter, owner of Hastings Tire Inc., added:

"Joey was like another son to my Dad and like a brother to Chase and I. We are deeply saddened and heartbroken over this.... He will be sorely missed. Our hearts go out to the entire Omboni family. Godspeed Joey!!"

You can add your thoughts in the comments below. 

Linnie June 04, 2012 at 11:33 AM
RIP Joey, everyone who knew you was very lucky. You always had a smile on your face and was one of the nicest people we ever knew. Prayer's for you family. You will always be remembered. God Bless You.
Sharon Lindo June 04, 2012 at 11:48 AM
I can't believe it! I am at a loss for words. My condolences go out to the entire Omboni family. Joey Jr., now you ride with the angels in heaven. Rest in peace Joey.
Samantha Marie June 04, 2012 at 01:32 PM
You have changed the lives of everyone who knew you. You were such an amazing man and I hope you're having the time of your life up in heaven cus I knew you were living it up down here. Rest in peace Joe, we're all gonna miss you so much.
Gina Spetter June 04, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Our hearts and prayers are with the whole Omboni family. We loved Joey, he was such a sweet guy, special in every way and loved by our family. We are so heart broken to lose him at such a young age but he will be in our hearts always! Gina Spetter
Barton Family June 04, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Joey was so, so nice. He had a great smile, always came through for us when we had a car emergency, always waved when I drove by the shop -- honest and kind. Our hearts go out to his family who are in our thoughts and prayers.
Lizzie Hedrick June 04, 2012 at 07:28 PM
The Ruff Family wrote: Joey was such a great guy! No one worked harder or was a nicer person. He took care of all of our cars over the years and in that time we became friends. I would like to express our heartfelt condolences to Joe Sr. and the entire family. The town of Dobbs Ferry and world for that matter lost someone very special this weekend. He will be so missed. RIP Joey. -Submitted by Thomas Ruff
Lizzie Hedrick June 04, 2012 at 08:51 PM
From Soo Mentor: When I think of Joey, I think of the hard working mechanic that will stay up all hours of the night to finish up your vehicle - and he was busy all the time. We used to live on the same block as his shop. At any given time or day, you will see Joey at his shop working and talking to people. He always went above and beyond to help you, even if he didnt know you. A true testiment to why he was a volunteer firefighter. He loved life and having a great time no matter where he was, even at this shop on Broadway. Joey loved his family and friends and was always the life of the party. Last year he planned his birthday party and I had several conversations about the decorations and even the favors he would give out. He cared about even the smallest detail to have a great party for the people in his life. And there were so many people that I saw come by his shop on a daily basis just to talk to him. I always enjoyed talking to him because he was full of life and happiness. He had that amazing smile on his face all the time. He embraced my husband and I just as he did with everyone else in his life. He always invited us to parties or events. Whatever he had going on, he included us. He's the reason why we loved Dobbs Ferry and still do even though we don't live there.
Lizzie Hedrick June 04, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Mentor continued: He was not just the fun loving, but a geniunely nice person who had the heart of gold and the integrity that is rare to find. He was always in search of happiness and a girl that he can make his wife. I know he would have made an amazing husband and father because he was an amazing friend. Anybody who knew Joey or even met him for a few minutes could not help but just love him.
Tania Roopnarine June 04, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Joey you will forever be in our prayers and hearts! Your warm smile that could light up a room will always be remembered! No matter when I passed by the shop Joey would always wave and smile or give a big hug! You will be missed tremendously! Our prayers and thoughts are with the Omboni family during this difficult time. ~Jeremy and Tania Roopnarine
roseann and dennis June 04, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Dobbs Ferry will never be the same without you Joe...RIP
roseann and dennis June 04, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I'll never forget you Joe. Always making "old" people feel good! You would always say "hello young lady"' and it made me smile. Your smile and your heart will be missed
roseann and dennis June 04, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Thanks for all you always gave to many of us.
Lizzie Hedrick June 04, 2012 at 11:45 PM
From Roseann and Dennis Hunt: our hearts are broken over his death. he was truly a beautiful man who had a heart of gold and he will be missed. His smile could light up the sky. May he rest in peace. thank you for giving his friends this opportunity to write special comments about Joe.
marcus franklin June 05, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Marcus Franklin Joey its been awhile since I saw you, but you were a great person. You always made everyone laugh. I remember the good times at Pace and the cool breaks we took playing pool and eating applebees all the time. Your father is great person. RIP my friend.
Tony Brea June 06, 2012 at 02:02 AM
What a great job his parents did , I would say to myself whenever Joey and I parted Company. He was a smart and fair businessman ( a rarity ) , Always smiling , and Good natured. I love my village and could never really pin down the reason , quiet Water- front , easy access , until I heard the news , it was you Joey and people like You that make this place special , I will miss you , and never forget you, god bless Your parents, family and friends , a friend always, Tony Brea
Niall Cain June 07, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I couldn't agree more with all of the comments above. Joey was great guy, always good natured and always pleasure to deal with. What a great loss for the entire community.
DFresident June 07, 2012 at 04:53 PM
My husband and I are heartbroken to hear about Joe's untimely death. We were customers of his automotive shop for several years. He was an honest businessman, a good mechanic, and above all, a supremely nice guy. Whenever I stopped by the shop he was extremely friendly and a pleasure to deal with. I will miss seeing his sweet smile. This is a great loss for his family and for Dobbs Ferry. RIP, Joe.

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