Walter R. Colby

Died: 2018-05-28
Resided in: North Andover, MA
Viewing type: Celebration of Life Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH
Viewing date: 2018-06-03 : 3pm-5:30pm
Service type: Celebration of Life Service
Service date: 2018-06-03 : 5:30pm
Service location: Following Visitation at the Funeral Home
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Contributions: In Lieu of flowers: see below: Obit Below:

In Lieu of Flowers: MSPCA at Nevins Farm 400 Broadway Methuen, MA 01844 or:

Veterans Northeast Outreach Center Inc. 10 Reed Street Haverhill, MA 01832 or:

Mass. Wildlands Fund, Division of Fisheries & Wildlife 251 Causeway Street, Suite 400, Boston MA 02114 or:

The Home for Little Wanderers 10 Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135


Walter Roland Colby, 93, of Ashland Farm in North Andover, formerly of Somerville, and Lynnfield, Massachusetts, passed peacefully on Memorial Day, May 28, 2018. Walter is survived by Nancy Colby and their four children: Karen Colby and husband, John Nunziato and their children Logan and Sloan of Lynnfield, Alison Colby-Campbell and husband, Jonathan Campbell of Haverhill, Hollis Colby of Stoneham, and Drew Colby and wife, Carol and their children, Meaghan and Hunter of Wellesley. He is also survived by his sister, Shirley Sullivan, her children and their families, by his sister-in-law Shirley Scott, and the extended Campbell and Lunn families. He is predeceased by his mother, Emily, father, William Colby, and sister, Joan. Walter served as a tech sergeant in the 8th Air Force of the US Army Air Force flying 25 missions in B-24s as a radio operator during World War 2 in Europe. Upon returning to civilian life, he earned his law degree from Suffolk University Law School opening his private practice in Union Square, Somerville. A fierce defender of fair representation under the law, Walter often worked pro bono or for barter, once bringing home a pony in lieu of payment. For several years he served as town counsel for Middleton, Massachusetts. Walter had a joke for all occasions, and was an avid fisherman who passed on his love of nature, gardening, animals and reading to all his children. Most of all, Walter loved his family, his friends and neighbors, and the many, many wonderful people he met at Ashland Farm. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, June 3, from 3:00 5:30 p.m. at Mackey Funeral Home, 128 S Main St, Middleton, MA 01949,

Words can't describe the emptiness and sadness that you feel when you lose a parent. Alison, I know you put your whole heart and soul into the dedication of your Dads care from the beginning of his illness, to the very end. You are a wonderful daughter, and you showed that at every opportunity. I hope knowing that he is no longer suffering, will bring you more solace than sorrow. My heart is with you and your whole family at this time. With love, Judy xo
Alison and family, my heartfelt sympathy to all of you on the loss of your Dad. May you find comfort and peace in your memories. Peace and blessings, Harriet Duffy

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