Edwin F. ''Ed'' Colby, a retired MBTA employee, passed away unexpectedly on Monday morning, June 11, 2018. He was 89 years old.
Ed was born in Boston. He was one of 2 sons born to Edwin and Catherine Colby. He grew up in North Cambridge and was a graduate of Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the 223rd Infantry Regiment of the 40th Division. He trained in California before the 223rd was deployed to Japan as part of the occupation force. Then they were sent to the Kumsong-Chwapae-ri sector on the central front in Korea. In Korea, the 40th Infantry Division participated in the battles of Sandbag Castle and Heartbreak Ridge. He was honorably discharged after 2 years and was the recipient of the Army of the Occupation Medal (Japan), Korean Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, and the United Nations Service Medal. Ed was proud to have served his country, but hardly ever talked about his experiences during the war.
Ed met his future wife Mary on what they thought was a blind date only to find out they were born one day apart in the same hospital. They were married in 1953 and moved to Burlington 1956. Ed started working for the Boston Elevated Railway which became the Metropolitan Transit Authority, which finally became the MBTA. Ed retired from the MBTA as a Legal Assistant and Investigator for the Legal Department. Ed was a man who enjoyed working around his home and golfing with friends. He was a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Burlington. He enjoyed participating in the charitable events and socials at the council. He was also a member the K of C’s Wednesday morning golf group that played at Green Meadows Country Club. He also played golf with friends on Fridays. He was one of the lucky few golfers who had the good fortune to get a “Hole-in-One”. Ed was a kind quiet contented man.
He loved his wife, family and home. He was a strong and supportive father. Ed was the loving husband of Mary T (Ward) Colby. They passed away 4 months apart. He was the loving and proud father of Leo of Weymouth, Catherine (Katie) of North Chelmsford and Maureen of Woburn. He was the brother of the late Leo K. Colby
Funeral from the Edward V Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., BURLINGTON (Exit 34 off Rt. 128/95 Woburn side) on Thursday, June 14 at 9 a.m. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn St., Burlington at 10 a.m. Visiting hours Wednesday 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Interment in Pine Haven Cemetery Burlington. Memorials in Ed’s name may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.