In Lieu of Flowers:
MSPCA at Nevins Farm
Methuen, MA 01844
Veterans Northeast Outreach Center Inc.
10 Reed Street
Haverhill, MA 01832
Mass. Wildlands Fund, Division of Fisheries & Wildlife
251 Causeway Street, Suite 400, Boston MA 02114
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, http://mackeyfuneralhome.com.