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COLBY, H. Alan Age 67, of Marshfield, succumbed to his injuries on July 24, 2020, after being struck from behind by a car while cycling on Route 3A in Scituate. Born and raised in Quincy, he was the beloved son of deceased Anne and Howard Colby. He is survived by his three siblings: Nancy Shallow, age 77, of New Hampshire, John Colby, age 65, of Walpole, Martha Colby, age 62, of Quincy, and Henry, his cat. He graduated from Quincy High School in 1971 as Sr. Class President and played on the Q.H.S.' hockey team. Taking some time off before college, he backpacked throughout Europe. Upon his return, he continued on to play college hockey and received his B.A. in English in 1977 from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. He began his career with The Howard Johnson Co., where he managed many full-service hotels/restaurants throughout Massachusetts. He also taught hospitality/management courses at local junior colleges. Years later, he retired from his career after managing the Best Western Hotel in Danvers. Being a resident of Gloucester at that time, he went to work at the nearby Yankee Fleet Whale Watching and Deep Sea Fishing Co. In recent years while living in Marshfield, he was self-employed and enjoyed working creatively outdoors on a variety of projects around the South Shore. Alan had hospitality in his blood. He loved to cook and had an open-door policy at his home, as if to say, "you are welcome to come in if you'd like a good meal and conversation while enjoying the babbling brook in his backyard." He had an abiding faith in God and he loved people and he was loved by many. Alan nurtured nature's wildlife and many animals and well-fed birds were drawn to his yard. Being a year-round sports enthusiast, he enjoyed skating, cross-country skiing, cycling, golf and daily swimming. He was a devoted caregiver to his brother who survived a serious car accident in Quincy at age 17. Alan traveled extensively with his dad, Howard, throughout the US and abroad. Their other trips together included Mexico, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico, where Alan owned a condo. He spoke several languages. In the last months of his dad's life, Alan took thoughtful care of him full-time in Marshfield. His dad passed away peacefully at age 96. No Services are planned at this time. Memorial donations may be made online to Gateway Arts located at 65 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02445. For information or to leave an online condolence message, please visit www.Keohane.com

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August 28, 2020
So much fun to chat at our last reunion...will be missing you at our 50th :(..... Thank you Alan for your Awesomeness....
Marcia Ann Garber
August 24, 2020
Circa 2013 at the camp
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August 17, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Martha May you find inner peace and strength. God be with you at this difficult time. Jill Seamans Beverly
Jill Beverly
August 17, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Al's passing and offer my most sincere sympathies to his family for the loss of such an outstanding individual. First met Al in 6th grade while attending ELC class at Furnace Brook Elementary. Early on, it was easy to recognize his exceptional personality and unique character. Years later, when we met again at QHS, it was as if he had never skipped a beat. Intelligent, talented, witty and wily, Big Al brought a lot energy with him wherever he went. Too many stories to tell here, but I will never forget the knock on my dormitory door in the middle of Vermont one Sunday morning in the early 70's, only to see Al standing in the hallway after hunting me down before his hockey game. We had lunch and talked for hours. After the game, we got together again before the team bus headed back to Hamilton. That was the kind of guy Al always was. If you were his friend, you were his friend forever. Can't believe he is gone, but I look forward to the next time he knocks on my door.

Bob Sylva
Bob Sylva
August 17, 2020
From a former Merrymounter and teammate of Alan on the Our Lady of Good Counsel hockey team I would like to offer the Colby family my deepest and most sincere condolences.

Eugene (Geno) Sullivan
August 17, 2020
It's with deep sadness that I send my condolences to the Colby family on hearing of Alan's passing. Alan was my close friend as we grew up together In Quincy. He will be truly missed and will remain in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, John Coleman.
August 16, 2020
So very sorry to hear of Alan's passing. I knew him from Trinity Episcopal Church in Marshfield. Alan was always kind, considerate and helpful. I sensed peace, wisdom and faith in my interactions with Alan. May peace , faith and love see you through these difficult days ahead. God bless, Alan....you will be missed. Peace to all.
Elaine Nobles
August 16, 2020
I lived next door to the Colby's camp in Marshfield. I have lots of great summertime memories of playing baseball with Alan in our back yard. I remember idolizing him for his athletic abilities. So sorry to hear of his passing.
Bill Wickham
August 16, 2020
Dear martha,

Condolences from a fellow Merrymounter on the death of your brother.
Remembering our days at Merrymount School.

Sincerely Nancy Lapon Werner
Nancy Werner
August 16, 2020

Al was quite the character, those of us who attended QHS will never forget his Class President campaign. How could you forget all the blacked out Playboy posters! Outrageous promises and his political charm.
Having grown up in the neighborhoods of Merrymount, Adam Shore, Germantown and Houghs Neck, we were all as close as school friends could be. Al will always be remembered as a unique spirit and a man who was always searching for good friends and an engaging conversation.
Free spirits like Al are far and few between.
R.I.P. and say hello to all our classmates up there.
QHS Class of 71
QHS Class of Of 1971
August 15, 2020
So sorry to hear about Alan's passing. We went to high school with Alan and remember attending classes and playing hockey with him. He was a smart and funny guy. Phil and Gloria Rugg
Phil and Gloria Rugg
August 14, 2020
May you rest in heavenly peace Alan.
To his family so very sorry for your loss.
May you find comfort in your wonderful memories of Alan.
God Bless and peace to all.
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