Colin Dad, Granddad, Great-Grandada Colgan's Memorial

Colin Dad, Granddad, Great-Grandada Colgan
(1938 - 2003)

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Name: Mr Colin Dad, Granddad, Great-Grandada Colgan
Gender: Male
Age: 65 years old
Lived: Friday, 13 May 1938 - Sunday, 5 October 2003

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    COLGAN, COLIN C., 65, of New Port Richey, died Sunday (Oct. 5, 2003) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in Lakewood, Ohio, he came here in 1975 from Prince Georges County, Md. He was a firefighter in Maryland and a member of the International Association of Firefighters Chapter 1619. He was a Navy veteran and a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, Colin A., Clearwater; two daughters, Jeanne Dingus and Cathy Colgan, both of Virginia; a brother, Eugene "Cully," Bowie, Md.; and eight grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Holiday, Fla.
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    This is a tribute in memory of the bravest man I ever knew. After having devoted his life to saving others lives, he found himself fighting to save his own life in March of 2003. After having lost 1 leg to diabetes, and then being put on a ventilator, he had to face a 2nd amputation. Through the next 8 months, he fought very hard to be as independent as he possibly could given his circumstances. He went through months of hell..we both did. In Sept. of 2003, we had his tracheostomy removed~and he did great. He was even driving again with no legs!! When we went to his doctor on Oct.2nd for a check~up, he proclaimed him to be 100%. Three days later, he died in my arms on his kitchen floor. With him, he took a large part of me. However, he also left a huge part of himself within me. As our eyes looked at one another and he could not get his breath, I knew he chose to leave my arms and enter God's. He said he could never survive another hospital stay. He died as he wished, at home, and not alone. However, his loss has affected the lives of so many~his friends, his children, his grandchildren, & his great~grandchildren. In us, he lives on. My life, all our lives, and this world~have suffered a great loss. There are some people who come along in life and remain forever in your heart, and my father was one of those people to all who knew him.  
    Long after he is gone~the men he fought fires with will tell of the jokes they played on one another, and his friends and family will still hear the echo of his constant whistling tunes. All of us who knew him and loved him, will be stronger and more appreciative of life because of the courage and strength & dignity he displayed all his life~especially the last 8 months of it. He taught us that no matter how much is gone of your physical body, it is the spirit and loving heart which makes you taller than any mountain here on earth. He was big to me when I was but a small girl wearing his fireman's outfit...but he was bigger to me in the last few months of his life when he was not even able to stand. He stood taller, prouder, and happier than any soul I have yet to meet in this world.
    You leave all our lives now Daddy...a little sadder, a little emptier~but a whole lot richer~because we were honored to know both an angel and a hero embodied in one soul and life. A very rare gift indeed. God bless you, finally, with the peace you deserve more than any person I have ever known. I love you, and we all love you, today~tomorrow, and forever...until we meet again I remain your daughter, and your friend....
    All my love, Cathy

     

     

    Love, me 10//21/03
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  • COLGAN, COLIN C., 65, of New Port Richey, died Sunday (Oct. 5, 2003) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in Lakewood, Ohio, he came here in 1975 from Prince Georges County, Md. He was a firefighter in Maryland and a member of the International Association of Firefighters Chapter 1619. He was a Navy veteran and a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, Colin A., Clearwater; two daughters, Jeanne Dingus and Cathy Colgan, both of Virginia; a brother, Eugene "Cully," Bowie, Md.; and eight grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Holiday.
     
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    Hi Daddy...it appears I now have COPD and likely emphazema..and how ALIKE we are! But I was not about to take away so...
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    I miss you, I love you...Cathy
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    I love you and miss u so very much Dadfdy I am trying to be as brave as u were always...all my love your daughter & f...
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    Dear Daddy..I love you, and I wish I could be as strong as I was when I was taking care of you. I wish I could be as ...
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    My Dearest Father....Today I am getting ready to do exactly what we were doing 5 years ago today in Fla. at your hous...
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    I watched 9/11 this year thinking of you...misssing you so, so much. I cannot believe in less that a month..it will b...
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    Dear Daddy..Well, our birthdays are just around the corner, even though I hate celebrating mine now because you are n...
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    I love & miss you so very much. I am going to quit smoking today..hoping to save my children gfrom what you & I went ...

    Biography

    Fathers Name: Eugene
    Mothers Name: Margaret
    Children's Names: Cathy, Jeanne, & C.A.
    Siblings Names: Cully
    Country of Birth: USA
    Country of Residence: USA
    City of Residence: New Port Richey, Fla.
    Occupation: Other
    Marital Status: Divorced
    Religion: Catholic

    Interests

    Favourite Sport: Football
    Favourite Music Genre: Other
    Favourite Artist: LeAnne Rhimes

    Passing

    Place of Passing: At home in Fla. in my arms
    Date of Passing: 5 October 2003
    Cause of Passing: Heart Attack/COPD
    Type of Funeral: Military
    Place of Burial: Bushnell, Fla.
    Funeral Date: 10 October 2003
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