George A. Colli Jr., 84, of Ellington, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at home, with family by his side.
George was born April 20, 1928 in Meriden, the loving son of the late George and Mary (Burke) Colli. George was a graduate of Windsor Locks High School Class of 1945 and attended Syracuse University. George played basketball both in high school and later at Syracuse University. He proudly served in the United States Navy as a submariner from 1946 to 1948 aboard the U.S.S. Besugo. After returning from the service George opened his first restaurant of many throughout the area. Some of his proudest accomplishments as a business owner was bringing hockey to Enfield by building and operating Enfield Twin Rinks. In 1959 George founded Colli-Wagner Realty and developed many residential and commercial properties throughout Northern Connecticut. In 1971 he founded and was the first chairman of New England Bank and Trust. He enjoyed playing cards or traveling to see his racehorses run with family and friends. In his spare time George could be found hunting or fishing with his family, close friends, and his favorite bird dog. Very civic-minded, George was involved with youth sports in the area and was a member of Knights of Columbus Riverside Council No. 26 of Windsor Locks, a chartered member of the Enfield Elks Lodge No. 2222. George was very supportive and proud of his grandchildren's achievements in sports and education.
George is survived by his four children, George A. Colli III and his wife, Catherine, of Suffield, Keith R. Colli of Ellington, Laurie C. Amos of Ellington, and Jeffrey M. Colli and his wife, Cara, of Somers, and their mother, Elaine K. Colli of Windsor. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, George A. Colli IV of Suffield and Christopher Colli and his wife, Kim, of Simsbury, William F., Jason T., and Caitlin E. Amos, all of Ellington, and Wade Sojka Colli of Granby and Nicolas J. Colli of Somers (George was elated to celebrate the arrival of his most recent grandchild, Nicolas, who was born this past year); and a sister-in-law, Joanne Colli of Mystic; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Gerard Colli, and sister, Lois Colli.
Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441 Spring St., Windsor Locks.
A funeral procession will gather at the funeral home on Thursday, Dec. 27, at 9 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Church, 42 Spring St., Windsor Locks. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Mary Cemetery in Windsor Locks.
Memorial donations in memory of George may be made to the Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corps., 41 Maple Street, P.O. Box 71, Ellington, CT 06029.
For online expressions of sympathy or directions please visit
Windsor Locks Funeral Home
441 Spring Street
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
Published in Journal Inquirer from Dec. 24 to Dec. 29, 2012