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Robert J. Colby

Robert J. Colby, 82, of 131 High Road, Newbury, husband of the late Lucille M. (Comeau) Colby, died Saturday June 12, 2010 in the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, Haverhill, following his battle with cancer.

Born on November 12, 1927 in his High Road home, the son of the late William T. and Rose H. A. (Sunman) Colby, he attended Newbury public schools and was a graduate of Essex Agricultural and Technical Institute. Married in 1951, Mr. Colby raised his family and continued with the operation of the High Road family farm both as a dairyman and hay farmer. He was widely known for his salt hay harvesting. 

Mr. Colby served for many years as the Newbury Tree Warden, Fence Viewer and Official Weigher of Hay. He was a longtime member of the St. Mark’s Masonic Lodge AF&AM of Newburyport and a lifelong member of the First Parish Church of Newbury.

He will be remembered by his family and friends as a mild mannered gentleman who always found the time to make you feel welcomed.  

He is survived by two sons, Robert J. Colby, Jr., and his wife Laura and Charles Colby and his wife Marie, all of Newbury; three daughters, Jane Merrow and her husband John of Newbury, Diane Hennessey and her husband David, of Kensington, NH and Catherine R. Colby of Newbury; seventeen grandchildren, Amy, John and Noah Merrow, Ben and Betsy Colby, Jill Re and Charles Colby, Jr. , Kyle, Corinne and Curtis Hennessey, Scott, Rachel and Jane Allbright, and Nicholas H., Joseph H., Erin and Sarah Colby; four great grandchildren, Julianna and Gracie Re and Gavin and Mason Colby; a sister Elizabeth Colby of Newbury, and many nephews and nieces. He was the father of the late Hallet and John Colby; brother of the late George and William Colby, Gertrude Jackman, Dorothy Noyes and Carolyn Relyea, all formerly of  Newbury.

His Funeral Service will be held Saturday, June 19, at 10:00 am in the First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Road, Newbury. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. All are welcome to an outdoor reception to be held immediately following at the Colby Farm on High Road, appropriate footwear is recommended.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Salvation Army, 40 Water Street, Newburyport, MA 01950.

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