Isle of long time Primo Lombardi He died on Monday at the age of 70.. Lombardi owned or operated several businesses at Martha's Vineyard. In 1978, Lombardi opened Papa's Pizza (now Beetlebung Restaurant) on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs with his wife, Mary. The restaurant became a popular gathering place for families; The children enjoyed watching Lombardi throw pizzas behind the counter.
After selling Papa's Pizza, Lombardi went on to direct Chilmark General Store, with a total of 25 years in both companies on the island.
In the last part of his life, Lombardi devoted himself to learning and teaching the practice of Anusara yoga.
"It's still about stretching," he told The Times in a 2012 interview. "But first, I was stretching the dough."
In 2009, he went through a one-year process to become a certified yoga instructor, then traveled all over the world teaching yoga with his friend and regular client, Peter Goodman, they called themselves "Brothers of Bliss".
Then he opened a yoga studio, Martha's Vineyard Yoga Center, a few doors down from his first business on Circuit Avenue.
The former pizza man told The Times he did not think about teaching and running a yoga studio as a job. He sought to continue being an Anusara yoga student, as well as a teacher.
"It's yoga oriented to the heart," he says. "It's about getting in touch with the best part of ourselves, you see the whole, but you look for the good first, instead of the 2 percent running 98 percent."
A celebration of Lombardi's life will be held at a later date, to be announced.
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