Edward W. Colburn
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Edward W. Colburn
  • January 9, 1922 - July 25, 2011
  • Nashua, New Hampshire

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Edward W. Colburn, 89, a resident of Nashua for over 60 years passed away on Monday, July 25, 2011 at Greenbriar Terrace, Nashua. He was born January 9, 1922 in Boston, MA, son of the late Edward R. and Annie (Dennis) Colburn. Mr. Colburn had previously lived in Dunstable, MA. He proudly served his country from 1942-1946 in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of VFW NH Post 483 of Nashua and the American Legion Dunstable, MA Post. Following his military service he graduated from Massachusetts Radio School. Mr. Colburn worked in the machine shop at IMPCO for 7 years and then worked 28 years for Sanders and Associates, now B.A.E. He loved the mountains and hiking them. He was a life member of the Appalachian Mountain Club and when he wasn't hiking the trails he worked with the trail crew repairing them.

Mr. Colburn was a life member of the Good Sam Club and loved traveling cross country with his wife in their RV. Together they visited 49 states. He was active in the Main St. United Methodist Church, from being a trustee, working the ham and bean dinners to singing in the church choir for 52 years as well as singing in the A-Men Chorus. Mr. Colburn built his first house in Nashua and also enjoyed remodeling his current house and with his wife was a member of the Border City Squares, a square dancing club, for over 10 years. He enjoyed being a HAM Radio operator and was a member of the Mike and Key Amateur Radio Club.

A beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, he is survived by his wife of 63 years; Edna Evelyn Colburn of Nashua, two sons; Bruce Colburn of Truckee, CA and Jon Colburn of Enfield, NH, three daughters; Joan Colburn of Carson City, NV, Diana Yount and her husband Robert of Troy, OH and Sharon Anderson and her husband Ronald of Deerfield, NH. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, a cousin, a niece and several nephews. He was predeceased by his twin sister; Barbara Ives.

Following cremation a graveside service was held with military honors on Monday, August 1, 2011 at 9:00am in the NH State Veteran's Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH. A memorial service was celebrated at 11:00am on Tuesday, August 2nd in the Main St. United Methodist Church, 145 Main St., Nashua. In lieu of flowers memorials in his name may be directed to the Appalachian Mountain Club, Development Office, Five Joy Street, Boston, MA 02108.