BARRE CITY - Rudolph A. "Rudy" Colo Jr., 90, of Barre, Vermont, passed away Oct. 12th, 2013, in the peace and comfort of his home on 1 Foss Street, where he resided for 65 years. He was born on June 29th, 1923. He was the only child of Irene Ghidotti and Rudolph Arther Colo of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Rudy was deeply moved and grateful for the 100 birthday cards he received for his 90th birthday this past June.
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Rudy graduated from Sara T. Haskins School in 1937 and from Drury High School in 1941 where he was an honor student and started a long career in baseball and basketball. There was always great joy in his voice when reflected on the sports he played on Furnace Street in Pittsfield.
Rudy worked in a defense plant in Pittsfield before entering the United States Army in April of 1943. After training at Billings General Hospital in Indiana as a medical and surgical technician, Rudy was assigned to the 100th General Hospital. His unit served in both England and France. During the Battle of the Bulge, he became a replacement for the fallen medics of the 30th Infantry Division, and was part of their march across Europe. He earned four Battle Stars and was very proud of his service to his country. He spoke openly of his experience, but always finished by saying "War is hell."
After his discharge, Rudy enrolled at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt. At Norwich, he became a Dean's List student and starred in basketball and baseball. He was a lifetime member of Sigma Phi Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. It was at this time when he ruptured his appendix and could not complete his baseball season. Vincent Sassone, a fellow fraternity brother, put some golf clubs in his hands and Rudy found a new love. After Norwich, Rudy received his master's degree from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass.
Rudy's entire professional career was spent in education. He served as a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal and administrator. He enjoyed assignments at Waitsfield, Williamstown, Cabot, Marion and Spaulding High School in Barre. He retired in 1987. Marion High School bought Rudy a special joy. The students and faculty formulated the quality education and standards that made him so proud and gratified for so many years.
On June 5, 1948, Rudy married Lea L. Paceti from Barre at the St. Monica Church. Their union was blessed with a lovely daughter named Valerie, who gave them much love, pride and joy. Valerie predeceased him in 2009 and his wife, Lea, passed away in 2010.
Rudy was a member of the Country Club of Barre for 60 years. He served as director for many years and club president when it was expended to an 18-hole course in 1969-1970. He had four "holes-in-one" and shot his age twice when he was 77 years old. Above all, he enjoyed the challenges and the camaraderie.
Rudy's thirst for knowledge and positive twist on life was always complemented by his sense of humor. He was a wise and trusted mentor for so many. Rudy will be truly missed and his lessons will be self-perpetuating.
Rudy is survived by his devoted son-in-law, Jay L. Trombley and his wife, Joan. Also by four step-grandchildren, Baine L. Trombley of Burlington, Vt., Alison Abry and her husband, John, of Colchester, Vt., Ryan M. Trombley and his wife, Steffan, of Cranford, N.J., and Salynn Hanlon and her husband, Joe, of Cranford, N.J. Also by eight great-grandchildren. Rudy is also survived by a special nephew, Robert Miller and his wife, Jane, of Deerfield, N.H., and their three children, Ian, Robert and Jed. Rudy is also survived by his extended family and longtime neighbors, Randall and Judie Copping and their children, Jennifer and Nick.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated from St. Monica's Catholic Church in Barre on Wednesday, October 16th, at 12 noon. Rudy was a member of St. Monica's Church where he enriched his faith for over 60 years.
There are no calling hours. The interment will take place in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Morrisville, Vt., at 10 a.m. on October 16th.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be welcome at the Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington St., Barre, VT 05641-4227.
Arrangements are in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre.
Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home Inc
58 Summer St
Barre, VT 05641
Published in Times Argus on Oct. 14, 2013