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Joseph Colliano

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Joseph Colliano Obituary
Joseph A. Colliano, 91, of North Truro, Massachusetts, and a native of Bennington, Vermont, died September 27, 2017, in So. Yarmouth, Massachusetts, after a long illness.

Joe was born to Gaetano and Rosa (Melise) Colliano March 26, 1926. He was educated in local schools and graduated from St. Joseph Business College in Bennington.

Joe had a lot of artistic talents: he was a painter, a dancer, a piano player, and a potter. In the 1950's, Joe and his partner Willis C. "Bill" Hastings moved to Cape Cod where they started a pottery business known as Jobi (short for their names Joe and Bill). Jobi pottery is widely known for its signature little black minnows, blueberries, sandpipers, whales and lighthouses. Under new ownership, Jobi is still in operation today.

In 1977 Joe and Bill purchased a 1,000-pipe Wurlitzer organ from an old movie theater in Connecticut and later had it installed it in their house. Bill played that organ and Joe the piano. Many of their concerts were held for various charities on Cape Cod, most especially for Highland House Hotel and Museum, which they managed in the 1960's. On the back of Joe and Bill's headstone (a granite potter's wheel) is the following inscription: "After an interlude, the music continues." A fitting tribute to their lives.

Joe was predeceased by his life partner, Bill Hastings in 2002, his parents, and six siblings: Madeline Bronson, Rocco Colliano, Joanna Brown, Helen Horton, Samuel Colliano, and Mary Young. He is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Joe's family would like to thank his friends and relatives who helped Joe in his illness. A special word of thanks goes to the staff of Windsor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, who were so incredibly kind and helpful to Joe in his sickness. We also thank E.P. Mahar & Son Funeral Home for organizing his burial.

Funeral arrangements were private and held in North Truro.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Highland House Museum, Highland Road, Truro, Massachusetts, 02666, or to the patient fund at Windsor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 265 N Main St, South Yarmouth, MA 02664.

Guestbook condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.

Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 6, 2018
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