Joe Colby

A man’s worth cannot be judged by his possessions, but instead, should be measured by how rich he makes those around him feel. Joe Colby made everyone who met him feel like millionaires, simply by being himself.

At approximately 10:30am, May 1, Joe left our world while in his wife’s arms. Joe spent the last thirty-one months living his best possible life, all the while affected with glioblastoma multiforme.

Joe was a man whose presence instantly made everyone feel at-ease. He gave without ever wanting anything in return, helped without ever needing to be repaid, and loved his family with everything he had. His wife April and his son Joey were his entire world, as were his dogs Hotrod, Snapshot, Kodachrome, and his cat Ronald Weasley. He loved being outdoors, fixing whatever needed fixing, shooting and spending time with his large group of friends, all who he considered family, and all who miss him dearly.

He will be eternally remembered and always missed by his parents Bill and Liz Colby, his sister Amanda Brooksbank and her husband Scott, his brother Rob King and his wife Darci, and his brother-in-law Richie Erickson. He will forever hold a special place in the heart of his mother-in- law Linda Erickson, and will be spending lots of time fishing in heaven with his father-in-law Richard Erickson.

Joe is also survived by many loving aunts and uncles, as well as Dear Grandma Feltz. 

Uncle Joe will continue to watch over his nieces Hannah and Joselyn Brooksbank, Taryn and Rhyan King and Savannah Last, and his nephew Deaven Brooksbank.

Prior to his passing, Joe found love and comfort from his church Emmanuel Baptist of Chatham, and enjoyed new connections and wonderful friendships with many of its parishioners.

Joe’s life was celebrated at Chatham Hospice, where he lived his last month of life entertaining and charming the nurses, PSWs, volunteers, and staff. A small service was held with his wife, son, mother-in-law, mother and father, sister and brother-in-law, niece, and sister- from-another-mister Tanya Sinnett, who always managed to make Joe smile.

Joe wished to help families in the community the same way he, April and Joey were helped throughout his illness. The first-annual Average Joe Fundraiser will be held Saturday May 25 at the Kent Cloverleaf Club, with trapshooting beginning at 12, an informal drop in service at 4:30-6:00, and a meal of one of his favourites (all-you-can-eat tacos) starting at 6:30. Everyone is welcome to attend and celebrate one of the kindest, most amazing souls to grace this earth. 

“Sociable!” 

21 Comments on “Joe Colby”

  1. Our condolences go to Joe’s wife and family.
    I got to know Joe quite well through his mechanical abilities as he worked on one of my old cars.
    He was great to converse with and always had stories or jokes to lighten up a day.
    The family must be very proud of him.

  2. Your tribute to the love of your life is phenomenal. He was an amazing husband and father. Tons of love and millions of hugs to all.

    1. Joe was a very caring individual with a kind soul. He will be greatly missed. Hugs to you and Joey April

  3. I’ll miss you old friend. Your smile will last a lifetime in my memories. Condolences and love to the Colby family and anyone effected by this lost.

  4. so sorry for the families loss, ITS A BIGGIE my heart goes out to all The sorrow he has left to so many will turn to sunshine with all their memories
    beautiful tribute

  5. So sorry for everyone, but mostly Joe, very sad and unfair to leave this world in the prime of your life. Our deepest condolences to all, the Weaver’s

  6. Amanda, Scott, and children

    Sorry to read of your brother’s death. Treasure all your fun memories.

    Pat and Grant

  7. Joe was truly one of the best guys I’ve ever met! His memory will live on forever, stories will be told by many for years to come! You will be missed good buddy!

  8. Thoughts and condolences to you and your family April. I’m so sorry to hear of this. I remember you always taking about Joe and your son at work.

  9. April, you are so strong! Big hugs to you and Joey. We will not forget Joe or the impact his shining personality and endlessly positive attitude had on us!

  10. SCOTT AND AMANDA AND FAMILY..SO SORRY TO READ ABOUT THE PASSING OF YOUR BROTHER …OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AT THIS SAD TIME.. ROSS AND ILENE ANNETT..

  11. Sending condolences to April and Joey.Joe was a great human being.Always greeting everyone with a smile and some conversation.We will miss our visits with him at the Erie Cafe.R.I.P. Joe.

  12. I have the fondest of memories of Joey and have always thought him to be such a sweet soul. I was so glad that our paths crossed again but a short while ago and had a catch up chat. My heart goes out to his loving family who shared such love and support with him and have had such courage, you are so special.

  13. I am sad for Joe’s family and friends and wish to extend my sincerest condolences to April and their son Joey. The love this family shared was obvious and very inspiring.

  14. Liz, Bill and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful, loving son. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time.

  15. Joey and I used to play sometimes when we were kids and he lived a block over, I’m very sorry to hear of his passing. Thoughts and prayers, and my sincere condolences to his family.

  16. Liz, Bill and family – so sorry for the loss of your treasured Son, Brother, and Uncle. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincere condolences for all of you.

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