Edwin D. Dombrowski

Born: Sat., Jun. 26, 1926
Died: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018

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Edwin D. “Corky” Dombrowski, age 92, died Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Saint Mary's Home-East. He was born on June 2, 1926 in Erie, the son of the late Boleslaw and Michalena Rutecki Dombrowski.


Corky was a life-long resident of Erie, Pennsylvania and a member of St. Stanislaus Parish where he served for many years as a Lector.  


He was an elementary school principal for more than 20 years and before that a teacher of English and Social Studies.   Following retirement from the Erie School District Corky also taught at St. Stanislaus Grade School for a few years.  He earned degrees from both Gannon University and Allegheny College and did graduate work at Edinboro, Case Western Reserve and Syracuse Universities.  He served on the Board of Trustees of Edinboro University. 


Corky was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of Erie Federal Credit Union (formerly Erie School Employees Federal Credit Union) and served as its chairman for a time.   He was a member of the Polish Falcons, Polish Foresters, Holy Trinity Club, and formerly East Erie Turners and the Erie Maennerchor Clubs.  He was an avid pinochle player.  He golfed at Lawrence Park Golf Club and later Downing Golf Club.  Corky was a long-time member of the Erie Downtown YMCA and enjoyed playing handball there.  Corky was also proud of his service as a “55 Alive” driving instructor.


Corky was preceded in death by his brothers, John (Helen), Carl, Raymond and Bernard (Eleanor), and sisters Estella, Irene (James Malue), Louise (Dan McLaughlin) and Virginia. He is survived by his sister-in-law Eileen (Ray’s wife).  Corky was an uncle to 13 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and great nephews. Corky also lived long enough to help welcome several great-great nieces and nephews to the family.


A special thank you goes to all the staff and friends of St. Mary's East. 


A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Stanislaus on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.  Memorial contributions can be made to St. Stanislaus Parish, 516 East 13th Street, Erie, PA 16503.  Edward J. Garr Funeral Home, Inc., 459 East 12th Street Erie, PA 16503 is handling the arrangements. Send condolences to garrdavisfuneralhome@verizon.net.

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Dave and Chris Pesch
   Posted Sun August 12, 2018
We are neighbors right behind Corky's house. We built our home in 1993. When we were younger and did all our own yardwork in the back he used to come talk to us for hours. The last time we saw him was on a voting day and we helped him walk to and from his car. We always enjoyed talking to him and seeing him. Always kept an eye out for him when he did yard work to make sure he was alright. This is a sad day for us knowing he has passed. He always made us feel safe. He made us feel special. He made our last 25 years worth living behind him. God Speed.

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