Henry Frink Colton Jr.

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NEW BERN - Henry Frink Colton, Jr., 88, died October 18, at CarolinaEast Medical Center after a brief illness.

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, he graduated from Classical High School and began studies at the University of Massachusetts before joining the U.S. Army and serving in the field artillery in the European theater during WWII. Following the war, he completed a B.A. in English at U. Mass. He married Eleanor Foreman in 1950; the couple resided for 32 years in North Syracuse, N.Y., before moving in 1986 to Fairfield Harbour in New Bern, N.C. She passed away in 2004; he married Edythe VanAntwerp in 2005.

Hank began his writing career as a newspaper reporter for the Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. He spent most of his career working at Carrier Corporation in Syracuse as editor of the company newspaper and advertising copywriter.

After moving to Fairfield Harbour, he was active in community service and social activities for more than 25 years. A dedicated conservationist, he became an influential member of the tiny Neuse River Foundation, publishing its newsletter and helping it to grow into the vibrant organization it is today. He loved being on the water, even sailing his boat down to the Neuse River from Lake Ontario when he and Ellie moved here. He skippered a succession of smaller boats in recent years until his current craft, a motorized canoe. He attributed much of his continued vigor to an active tennis career, playing in local and national tournaments and at the Harbour Town Racquet Club until two years ago. He was active in the Fairfield Harbour Yacht Club, the RV Club, the Lower Neuse River Bird Club and the Fairfield Harbour Golf and Tennis Clubs. He wrote local news articles regularly for the Fairfield Harbour Beacon, submitting his final article last week.

He is survived by his wife, Edythe; his sister, Barbara Krohne of Leesburg, Va.; two sons, Thomas F. Colton of Berkeley, Calif. and Raymond H. Colton of Bend, Ore.; a daughter, Lynn Koczera of Golden, Colo.; and four grandchildren. The grandchildren are Carly and Katelyn Koczera, Lee Javier Colton, and Olivia Colton.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at First Presbyterian Church with a reception to follow in the Session House. There will be no calling hours.

Interment will be next summer in Longmeadow, MA, where his first wife and nearly 200 Coltons lie in rest.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Foundation or the Neuse RiverKeeper Foundation.

Online condolences may be made to the Colton family at www.cottenfuneral.com.

Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home.



Published in Sun Journal from Oct. 19 to Oct. 22, 2012
Henry Frink Colton
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