• Ernest W. Colby
    May 27,2013

    Ernest W. Colby

    Ernest W. Colby

    WORCESTER — Ernest W. Colby, 70, of Hampshire Hill Road, Worcester, died May 22, 2013, near his home in Worcester.

    He was born in Northfield, Vt., on March 17, 1943, the son of Ernest and Lodema (Austin) Colby. He attended Montpelier grade schools and high school.

    Ernie worked for many years with Buzz Emmons at Vermont Expert Tree Service and later with Asplundh Tree Service of Vermont and Bombardier in Barre Town. He most enjoyed hunting and fishing and being on his land on Hampshire Hill with family and many friends.

    He is survived by his wife, Gloria, whom he married in 2005; daughter, Cherie Jarvis and her husband, William, of Morrisville, Vt.; a son, West L. Colby and his wife, Laura, of Tenn.; five grandchildren, Will Jarvis, Joshua Jarvis and Alana McLane, Lyden L. Colby and Tyler J. Colby; three great-grandchildren, Caleb Jarvis and Alexa Dyland, and Aiden Colby; stepson, Donald Pierce Jr. and his companion, Lori May, of Middlesex; three stepdaughters, Karen Kerin of Middlesex, Lisa Forbes and her husband, Mike, of Worcester and Patricia O’Neill of Worcester; seven step-grandchildren, Jillian and Allison Pierce, Lucy and Zoey Kerin, Trevor and Jennifer Forbes, and Katelynn O’Neill.

    Ernie is also survived by his mother, Lodema Utton of Mobile, Ala.; three sisters, Barbara Hartman and her husband, Jeff, of Mobile, Ala., Donna Keough and her husband, Harold, of Montpelier, Judy Colombo and her husband, Harry, of Montpelier; uncle, Fred Austin of Barre; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his stepfather, Lancer Utton, and a brother, Bob Utton.

    A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 30, at 11 a.m. at Guare & Sons Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m.

    Burial will follow the service in Waterbury Center Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post #3, Children & Youth Service Fund, 21 Main St., Montpelier, Vt. 05602.

    Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.

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