Colburn, Dad, Papa or “Woody” to many of his friends was loved by everyone that knew him. We are at peace knowing that he never wavered from his faith. He grew up in the church and remained a Christian throughout his life.
He attended college in Illinois and during a visit home he was introduced on a blind date to Carol Colella from North Syracuse. Soon afterwards, he transferred to Syracuse University and married the love of his life and completed his degree in accounting.
A few years later Colburn and Carol raised a family with their same principles and attended the Church of the Nazarene in North Syracuse. Colburn was the treasurer, he taught Sunday School and was the church organist. He had a passion for music and often braved a solo or participated in the church choir.
Colburn was a visionary that built a data processing firm called Comp-tab that he eventually sold which offered him an opportunity to start an insulation company his wife named Energy Miser. As the company grew he merged with Eco-Works to build a home remodeling business. Tough times ensued and he eventually transitioned into real estate and went on to become a a real estate broker. He was never truly retired and continued to work into his early 80s. He had a strong work ethic and tried hard to never allow money to be his driving factor.
This year, Colburn and Carol celebrated their 60th anniversary. His greatest joy was family. Colburn had three sons..David and his wife Linda. Danny and his wife Pam, Brian and Kathleen. He also loved and was very proud of his grandchildren. Dave’s sons Cory, Kyle and Cole . Dan’s Daughter Briana and Brian’s children Michael (Jill) Larissa (Lauren) and Kathleen’s children Gillian and Ryan. He was also very fortunate to have a great grandson Vincent that he adored.
His favorite sports were golfing, bowling, hunting and fishing and he loved to participate in any game that was fun and full of laughs. his quick wit and sense of humor tops the long list of his personality traits and his smile was contagious! We all envy and strive for his calm demeanor. He once said that there was nothing Houdini couldn’t escape from unless he panicked. We can all remember how he enjoyed going out to restaurants and sharing his favorite “Honey Hole Diners” that he discovered from Syracuse to Long Island; where he visited his sons Dave and Dan who moved there after college. One thing that’s for sure! He still enjoyed Carol’s cooking more.
In his final days, weeks and months it was Carol‘s love, care and compassion he enjoyed most along with the delicious meals she prepared for him and the “strawberry delight” definitely became his favorite. Her love far outweighed the food. Towards the end he was admitted into Hospice care at home and shortly after welcomed to the Francis House for comfort care. His love for family was so strong that he rallied in Francis House. We thank God that after just one week he was sent back home for eight more priceless weeks with his family. We will always be forever thankful to Hospice and Francis House and would appreciate any donations benefit those two worthy causes. We are grateful to have walked with him on his journey and will cherish every memory we hold dear.
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION IN COLBURN'S NAME TO HOSPICE OF CNY OR FRANCIS HOUSE
Sorry, at this time there are no funeral arrangements. Our sincere thanks to Kevin Matthewson at Sears Middleton for making this difficult journey easier at the end. Your prayers are welcomed and encouraged.
With Our Sincere Thanks, Love and Eternal Peace,
The Wood Family
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