Arthur H. Colburn, age 86, of Ithaca, formerly of Potsdam, passed away on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, surrounded by his family.
Arthur was born April 30, 1924 in Morristown, the son of the late Arthur and Beatrice Toye Colburn. He graduated from Morristown High School in 1942. He married Arlene Gilbert on February 10, 1944 in Morristown. He was predeceased by Arlene, his loving wife on December 2, 2008.
He served in the U.S. Army, 313th Engineer Combat Battalion from 1943 to 1945 stationed in Italy. He retired from the New York Telephone Company in 1982 after 37 years working throughout Northern New York. He was active in youth baseball and hockey in Potsdam. During the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, he served as a penalty box official, a time he considered the “experience of a lifetime.”
He was a past Master of Racquette River Masonic Lodge #213. In retirement, he and Arlene traveled throughout the United States, visiting nearly every state. He enjoyed summers boating, fishing, golfing and family events at his camp on the St. Lawrence River and winters in Lake Wales, Florida.
Surviving are his eight children and their families, Christine (Lee) Wells, Ithaca, Nancy Benz (Manley Nipe), Ogdensburg, and Haines City, FL, James (Ellen) Colburn, Merrimac, MA, Patsy (Mauro) Marinelli, Ithaca, John Colburn, San Antonio, TX, Anne Marie (Thomas) Weaver, Dryden, Betsy (Thomas) Edwards, Newfield, and Cathy (Thomas) Hurysz, Penfield; 20 grandchildren, Roger (Jennifer) Wells, Robin Wells (Brian) Stone, Rick (Jennifer) Wells, Katherine Fitzgerald (Christopher) Anderson, Michael Fitzgerald, Gregory (Kerry) Colburn, Philip Colburn, Damien (Julie) Steele, Brian (Marissa) Steele, Stefanie Colburn, Lesley Colburn (Dallas) Mink, Kelly, Andrew, and TJ Weaver, Patrick, Morgan, and Tyler Edwards, Alison, Emily, and Joey Hurysz; 14 great grandchildren; and his brother, William Colburn of Anchorage, Alaska.
Services for Arthur will be held on Saturday, February 12th at Bangs Funeral Home, Ithaca, from 2 to 4 p.m. There will also be a Masonic Service on May 20, 2011 at Seymour Funeral Home, 4 Cedar Street, Potsdam. Burial will be May 21, 2011 at Sunnyside Cemetery, Morristown.
Memorial contributions can be made to the National Parkinson Foundation or the Potsdam Youth Hockey Program in care of Seymour Funeral Home, 4 Cedar St., Potsdam, NY 13676.
Local arrangements are with the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam.