Lebert J. Lombardo, 88, who played the trumpet in his...


June 23, 1993

Lebert J. Lombardo, 88, who played the trumpet in his brother Guy Lombardo's band, the Royal Canadians, died June 16 of emphysema in Fort Myers, Fla. With his brothers Guy and Carmen, Lebert Lombardo founded the Royal Canadians in 1923. He played with the band until 1979. The band began ringing in the New Year for a national radio audience in 1929 from the Grill Room of the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. After Guy's death in 1977, Lebert Lombardo became sole owner of the band and its name, which since 1980 has been franchised to a succession of band leaders.

* Frank Moro, 48, a Cuban-born actor who made 17 movies in New York, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Santo Domingo, and appeared in 18 soap operas and 11 stage plays, died Monday after a heart attack in Miami. Francisco "Frank" Moro Rueda, whose voice could also be heard on poetry recordings and on the radio, was named "Mister TV de Puerto Rico" in 1973 and 1975. He received the Golden Owl award in Caracas in 1982. He fled to the United States from Cuba after Fidel Castro's takeover in 1960.

* Elisa Godinez Rodriguez, 88, Cuba's first lady for four years as wife of Fulgencio Batista, died Saturday in Miami of a stroke. The couple had three children before divorcing in 1945. Her former husband was overthrown by Fidel Castro in 1959.

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