John Raymond Lomenzo, Jr., 94, of Amarillo, formerly of Cape Charles, Virginia, peacefully passed away in the early morning hours of Friday, February 12, 2021. He is survived by his daughter, Tiffany Lomenzo; a niece, Mary Overmann Dickerson of Virginia and nephews, W. Blair Williams of Texas, Fred F. Overmann III, W. Edward Overmann and John L. Williams of Virginia.
He was born to John Raymond Lomenzo, Sr., an emigrant shoemaker from Italy, and Helen Ora Lomenzo (née Shackelford) in Cape Charles, Virginia on May 14, 1926. He is preceded in death by his siblings, Luther Lee Williams, Louise Williams Overmann of Virginia, and Wallace P. Williams of Texas.
He completed his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter certification in 1970. He was a highly successful businessman sought out for his expertise in the insurance industry. He previously worked for Aetna, Alexander & Alexander, and Interstate National Corporation. He was the first president of Texas Medical Liability Trust beginning in 1979 and retired from there in 1991.
His love of all God’s creatures was apparent in all he did. His love of animals extended to raising and riding Morgan horses, caring for Pygmy goats, chickens, guinea hens, dogs, cats and the occasional emu family that wandered onto his property. He never turned away a lost or starving animal. He also enjoyed singing in a barbershop quartet, reading or listening to audiobooks, watching movies, jogging and cycling. He learned to ride a Honda Nighthawk motorcycle in his early 70s, proving you’re never too old to learn something new.
He was an eternal optimist.
A special thank you to the people at Brookdale Medi Park West and Texas Home Health for their loving care and support during his final days.
Mr. Lomenzo hired me at Texas Medical Liability Trust in 1987. I recently retired from that wonderful company after 33 years. I will be forever grateful to Mr. Lomenzo for taking a chance on me and giving me the opportunity to work for a great company with great people, many of which have become my family and lifelong friends. He literally changed the direction of my career and life. He was a brilliant business man who gets a great deal of credit for the enormous, longstanding success of TMLT. All of us who had the benefit of his leadership, are better for it.
Like Sue Mills, I was hired at TMLT back in the mid-1980’s by Mr. Lomenzo. When I interviewed with him for the Territorial Claim Supervisor job, I really liked him and knew I wanted to be with his company. I count it a real blessing to have known him and worked with him. In 2008 we held a 30th Anniversary celebration for the company and invited Mr. Lomenzo back to be our main guest speaker, 17 years after he retired. He was marvelous and enriched the occasion. I will always remember his handsome smile, engaging sense of humor and courage under fire. Thank you Mr. Lomenzo for believing in me and all the other people you hired to be part of your team. We were fortunate and honored to have you as our leader.
Like Susan Mills, John Lomenzo hired me to be part of his TMLT team back in the mid-1980’s. He was a steady leader who was strong under fire. TMLT is where it is today because he got the company off to a good start in some most challenging times. I count it a blessing to have worked with him and and have always been honored to have been part of his team. God bless you, Mr. Lomenzo