Joseph Colombo of Lowell, MA

1933 - 2016


February 25, 2016
3:00PM - 7:00PM
Dolan Funeral Home


February 26, 2016
11:00 AM
Dolan Funeral Home

5734-Colombo5734-Colombo YOUNG NAVYJoseph Colombo, 82, of Lowell, MA died Monday Feb. 22, 2016 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after a brief illness.

He was the husband of the late Barbara Colombo who died April 9, 2013.

Born in Winthrop, MA on August 31, 1933, he was a son of the late Joseph and Josephine Colombo. Joe grew up in Lowell and graduated from Lowell High School with the Class of 1951. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lowell Technical Institute.

During the Korean War, He served aboard the USS Brownson DD868.

Joe worked as a Mechanical Engineer for many years before retiring in 2004 from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Detachment in Boston. He was an entrepreneur, who loved spending time with family and travelling to Hawaii.

He was a communicant of St. Margaret’s Church in Lowell and member of the National Association of Destroyer Veterans.

He is survived by two sons and their wives, Michael and Nancy Colombo of Newbury, MA and Stephen and Frances Colombo of Kingston, NH; his daughter and her wife, Cheryl Colombo and Glynn Gallagher of Lowell, MA; two sisters, Maryann Gray and Catherine and her husband Donald Denomme all of Lowell; a brother in-law, Howard Williamson Jr. of Pottstown, PA; three step grandchildren, Ryan Sparks, Nyla Adams and Noel Dionne; five nieces, Margaret (Gray) Palmer, God daughter,  Catherine (Gray) Marcangelo,  Marybeth (Gray) Sherrin,  Anna (Gray) May and Lisa Lemke Cloud; three nephews, William Gray Jr.,  Keith Williamson and John Williamson and many great nieces and nephews. Brother of the late Anthony “Tony” Colombo who died in February of 2014.

Visiting hours Thursday 3 to 7 P.M. in the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD,MA . Funeral Friday at 11:00 a.m. from the Funeral Home with a 12:00 P.M. (Noon) Mass at St. Margaret’s Church Stevens St. Lowell.  Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Tewksbury.  For those that wish memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Lewy Body Dementia Association 912 Killian Hill Rd. S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047 Or The Kaplan Family Hospice House 78 Liberty St. Danvers, MA 01923 . ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.

6 Condolences for Joseph Colombo of Lowell, MA

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    Hank & Julie Fuce


    Our deepest condolences are with you all at this time of sorrow. He was a life long good friend. Prayers and and thoughts are with you..

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    Hank & Julie Fuce


    Our deepest condolences are with all the family members. Joe was a good lifelong friend. Prayers & thoughts are with you all.

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    Paul Gauvreau


    Everyone has a best friend in life. Joe Colombo and I grew up a few houses away from each other in the Highland section of Lowell. We graduated Lowell High School together and enlisted in the service together and graduated from Lowell Tech together and hunted together. Everywhere we went, Joe always introduced me to everyone as his best friend, right up to the very end. He was my best friend and the best friend that anyone could ever have. We will miss him greatly!
    Paul Gauvreau – Hudson, NH

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    Frederic W. Barnes


    The Lowell High School class of 1951 is terribly saddened of the passing of our classmate, Joe.
    It was wonderful to see him at our Class Reunion 5 years ago, and to hear how content he was with his life.
    This is a great loss and my heart goes out to the Colombo family.
    Rest in Peace Joe.
    Fred Barnes, Fairfield, CA
    LHS ’51 Reunion Coordinator

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    Heathet Menlotter


    Dear Joe,
    So many laughs, so many stories, great times, great trips to Hawaii, Japan and San Diego. I Was blessed to have such a good friend and such a good colleague for so very many years. I will miss you until we meet again! Hugs to Barbara and Anthony!
    To Joe’s sons, daughter their spouses and Joe’s close family and friends; I am heartfuly sorry for your loss. I am so sorry for this late condolence but I did not hear until today. I will pass the word to more of his work friends tomorrow. My heart goes out to you.
    With love and prayers,
    Heather Henlotter

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    Thomas Olsen


    Having worked with Joe for numerous years at Puget Sound Det and Supship Boston and can say he was a joy to work with and definitely one of a kind. I first met Joe at Boston Naval Shipyard and being from the old school of those that served in the Navy during war he was able to teach me a great deal over the years. I send my deepest condolences for your and our loss.

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