George Thomas Monroe Coombes

December 11, 1925 - July 13, 2016

12/11/1925 - 07/13/2016

Past Services

Tuesday July 26, 2016
2:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions

George Thomas Monroe Coombes passed peacefully at home on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, after a brief illness, at the age of 90.  Born in Duluth, Minnesota, he called Virginia Beach and Florida home. He was an avid runner and athlete. A Navy veteran and salty Chief, he was a proud American, who served his country with honor during WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
Those who he called friend knew him as an honorable gentleman, a trusted “sea daddy,” with a true “Can Do” spirit and light-hearted nature—a man’s man. He was always two hours early—never a minute late—and true to his word. Often a prankster, his sense of humor endeared him to many. He will be loved and remembered by those whose lives he touched throughout the many seasons of his life, including his wife of recent years, daughters, son, siblings and vast extended family. As he was fond of saying, “Have a good day, but have a better tomorrow.”
Memorial Services scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Altmeyer Funeral Chapel, Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, VA. A social reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made at

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Patricia Hendricks
7 years ago

To Gwen. I send you my love and condolences at the loss of your Dear One – George. You were a beautiful couple, he was so obviously devoted and in love with you. You were each fortunate to have found each other. I know you have many special memories of him to help you thru this difficult time. Here at The Reserve At Greenbrier, George was loved by all and were all treated to his humor. We miss him doing his charity work by collecting all the tin cans – it was his way of ‘giving back to the world’. I was unable to be at his service, but will drop you a note again by mail.

Kathy Lauridsen
7 years ago

I’ll always remember him smiling and greeting everyone we knew him as pops at st Michael Lutheran church he will be missed greatly

Carmen Ross-Roberts
7 years ago

Camille and Crystal,
I still remember your father’s smile and sense of humor, they are hard to forget. May he truly be at peace now and forever smile down on you both with love.
with love,

bj mara
7 years ago

Always a kind man. Heard many stories from my Dad about his “Sea Pappy”

Gwendolyn H. Coombes
7 years ago

My Sweet George: Our Love was sweet and godly, although I know that you Loved us ALL… You and I were like ONE from the beginning. I married you in the Month of July and I had to say Adios in the month of July. ( Today July 18th being our Anniversary) But as the Angles sang and thru Gods blessing you made it through 3 wars and you were destine for me. We had a one of a kind love for each other and you let my soul and spirit know that you loved Me. Tomorrow will be another day and life will go on, but you will always be in my Heart and your Love will always be in my Soul. I love you and miss you my sweet husband.

Don Lightfoot
7 years ago

It was an honor and a pleasure to know George,he had the most positive attitude in life and will greatly be missed by all who knew him,My deepest condolences to all his Loving family and friends may God be with you –

June McCoy Lightfoot
7 years ago

Georgie is one of the most WONDERFUL men of my Lifetime. He instilled goodness and was always positive and always had a wonderful attitude toward life. My Heart Breaks and I will miss him dearly. He always said : Never say goodbye, goodbye is for ever, say ADIOS. Adios Georgie, until we meet again. Love June Bug

Pat Kennedy
7 years ago

Crystal, What a great life he had, and what great memories you all have!
Thinking of you.

Bill berg
7 years ago

Geni, so sorry for your loss! he sounds like he was a good man!!