- Bob Bombardier
Bob “Bomber” Bombardier, 45, of Craftsbury, Vt., and seasonally of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, passed away on March 12, 2018, in Nicaragua after being fatally struck by a drunk driver.
An avid snowboarder, mountain biker, surfer and sailor, Bob lived for outdoor adventure and inspired others to do the same. Bob grew up in Seymour, Conn., where he loved spending time with his friends in the area woods and fishing. He also loved time with family on his Gramps' nearby farm and gathering with extended family.
His love of outdoor adventure grew from learning to sail on Long Island Sound with his dad, Ed, riding BMX and dirt bikes with friends, gardening, snowboarding, and family camping vacations. His love of nature and passion for creating a better world was inspired in great part by his mom, Laura.
A graduate of Seymour High School, he was known by childhood friends for limitless energy, passion for music, fearlessness and daredevil bike skills. Bob graduated in 1994 from Western New England College with a BS in mechanical engineering, and he worked for the R&D department for HearthStone, a gas and wood-burning stove company in Vermont. After several years there, Bob branched off on his own to form Wide Array Engineering and Computer Capabilities, an engineering design and technical writing business. In 1995, Bob became involved with the design and prototyping of Burton snowboards, contributing to the engineering of many of the boards on the market today. Bob also operated a 40-acre farm he created in 1997, Wild Branch Organics, growing organic produce.
Bob was fiercely passionate about spending time in nature and sharing that love with others. From extreme snowboarding down Mansfield, Tuckermans, and mountains in British Columbia and Chamonix, to sailing his Hobie Cat across Caspian Lake in Greensboro, Vt., or sailing with his dad, Ed, on Lake Champlain, to building jungle trails for hiking and biking, to surfing in Nicaragua, Bob was most at home in the wild. Bob is remembered for his intense passion, dedicated athleticism, willingness to help others and penchant for fervent intellectual debate — all things of legend. Also his unforgettable laugh and smile!
Bob is the beloved son of Laura Dikovsky Smith and Edward Smith of Willsboro, N.Y. He is also survived by his beloved daughter, Andria Curtiss Channels, previously of Northfield, Conn., and her husband, Stephen Channels of Clarksville, Tenn.; dearly loved grandparents "Gramps" Basil and Nancy Dikovsky of Shelton, Conn., "Gram" Janet Stevens Cronn and "Grampy" Stephen Cronn of Naugatuck, Conn., and "Grandpa" Ernest and Sharon Bombardier of Milford, Conn.; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. He was predeceased by grandmother Irene Bombardier and great-grandparents Eugene and Nadezda Dikovsky and Wallace and Helen Stevens, all of Connecticut.
Bob’s Celebration of Life is planned for June 2 in Watertown, Conn. There will be a celebration in Vermont at a later date to be announced. For details on celebrations and to share memories, please visit the Bob Nicafun Bombardier Memories Facebook group page.
In lieu of flowers, to continue Bob's legacy in land conservation and educating people about the natural world and living lightly on it, Bob's property in Vermont will become the Bob “Bomber” Bombardier Nature Preserve & Nature Center, and donations can be made to the preserve in C/O Laura Smith, P.O. BOX 1388, Morrisville, VT 05661.