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Edward J. Colby


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Grafton, N.H. — Edward J. Colby, 74, passed peacefully Saturday, July 7, 2018, after a period of failing health. Ed was born in New Britain, Conn. on July 22, 1943, to Elizabeth and Merle Colby. He grew up in Chelsea, Vt. instilling a love for small town life. Ed graduated from Vermont Technical College, studying electrical engineering.

In 1965, Ed married Veronica Colby and they raised two daughters in Hartland, Vt. They later divorced. Ed was blessed to find his soulmate in Kathy Towne and they were married for 30 years.

Ed worked for Cone Blanchard, while having his own electronic repair business, specializing in musical equipment, in keeping with his lifelong love of music. He then worked for New England Telephone/AT&T, retiring after many years of service. Following his retirement from AT&T, he worked for Allegro for a short time.

He and Kathy made their home in Grafton and felt blessed to be part of a close knit, supportive community. Ed loved gardening, photography, feeding and watching the birds, woodworking, automobiles, everything computers (including programming) and his beloved cats, including many Siamese over his adult life. He was also a member of the George Washington Lodge of Masons and four decade member of AA.

Ed was predeceased by his parents; and a brother-in-law, (Brian Towne). He is survived by his beloved wife, Kathy Colby; daughters, Yvette Fontaine (Brian), Justine McLaughlin (David); four grandchildren, Lily Bickford (Tyler), Garrett Fontaine (Alexandra), Gilman Seymour and Joshua Fontaine (Katie). He also leaves behind his sister, Vicki Harty (Tom); and brother, Philip Colby (Pat); brothers-in-law, Jay Towne (Erica), Greg Towne (Michelle Cyr); Brian’s wife (Kathy); and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call at Ricker Funeral home in Lebanon from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11. Interment will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery in Grafton. Friends and family are invited for fellowship and sharing memories at the Grafton Town Hall following burial.

Messages of condolence may be expressed with the family through an online guestbook by visiting www.rickerfuneralhome.com.