Gregory W. Colla
1993 - 2016
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Gregory W. Colla, 22, of South Windsor, died Friday, February 12, 2016 at Manchester Memorial Hospital surrounded by family. He was born September, 27, 1993 in Rockville, CT, the son of Wayne and Carol (Turcotte) Colla. He attended South Windsor Schools and graduated from South Windsor High School in 2012. He was set to graduate from UCONN in May, 2016 with a degree in Civil Engineering while working part time at Nomads for the last four years. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents Thomas and Olga (Kuzenko) Colla, of Manchester, CT, and his maternal grandfather Philip Turcotte of West Springfield, MA. He is survived by his parents Wayne and Carol of South Windsor; his brother Kevin and his girlfriend Anna of Columbia, SC; and his sister Kim and her boyfriend Dylan of South Windsor. He also leaves his maternal grandmother Phyllis (Tuttle) Turcotte of West Springfield, MA, along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Greg fought a year long, off and on, battle with heroin addiction. While this disease took his life too early, he never stopped being the sweet, shy, loveable son, brother, grandson, nephew, and friend. Through the end he loved bowling, golf, ping pong, and shooting hoops. He was an avid video gamer who was often found singing, whistling, playing the guitar and spending time with his family and friends. He will be sorely missed. Family and friends may gather on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 9 a.m., at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Rd., South Windsor; followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Margaret Mary Church. Burial will follow at Wapping Cemetery. Greg's family will receive friends on Wednesday February 17, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorial donations in Greg's name may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society C/O St. Margaret Mary Church, 80 Hayes Rd., South Windsor, CT 06074. For online condolences and directions please visit

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Published in Hartford Courant on Feb. 16, 2016.
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Mass of Christian Burial
St. Margaret Mary Church
Wapping Cemetery
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July 27, 2018
I never met u but i know u bc i am u.i will hold on to your memory. u live in so many ways. peace be w ur family n friends
lauren phillips
October 22, 2017
Thinking of you today and always. ❤ Mom
October 20, 2017
Greg I am so sorry that this has happened to you. I miss you a ton and I hope that you are in a better place. No more pain and suffering. As a close friend of mine we shared many great and fun experiences. I feel so guilty that this has happened and I should have spoke up for you at Rushford and told them what was going on. I was always there for you and tried to support you in any way that I could. I regret the last phone call we had. I wish I could have done more. I have come to terms through a lot of consoling and therapy that no matter what I could have done or did that there was nothing I could do to stop this. you will be sorely missed and I cant imagine the pain that your family is going through. my thought and prayers are with your family and I applaud them for sharing your story. to many good and innocent people are dying from this disease and its become a real epidemic. I hope that your story being out there will help others realize that battling this addiction is extremely hard and can have deadly consequences. all it takes is one relapse and a tragedy like this can happen. Even if its just one person who decides to get help thats a huge victory. This is a very serious issue and People need to realize all it takes is one bad batch and its game over.I love you buddy and I will never forgot all the fun and awesome times we have had together. RIP brother, as a former addict myself I know how hard the struggle and the pain is and all the stuff that comes with getting sober. I am deeply upset that this has happened. you will be sorely missed man.
February 20, 2017
My heart goes out to you and your family. Such a horrible tragedy. This drug has devastating consequences no matter who you are, but it is claiming too many of our children!
L. Bouchard
February 14, 2017
Miss you buddy, I'll never have another friend like you again. Love you little bro.
September 27, 2016
Happy birthday my sweet baby boy. I hope God is cradling you in his arms on your special day and always. Love you and miss you. Mom xoxoxox
September 27, 2016
Happy Birthday my sweet baby boy. I hope God is cradling you in his arms on this special day and always. I love and miss you. xoxox Mom
August 12, 2016
Been six months and I think of you and miss you every day. Glad you are at peace. Love, Mom
April 15, 2016
Sweet baby. So sorry for your loss!
February 17, 2016
Carol, Wayne & family - my deepest sympathies to you at this difficult time. Know that you are all in our prayers.
John Flynn
March 5, 2016
Carol, Wayne, Kevin and Kim-

I feel blessed to have been able to share in many family events over the years, and equally blessed that Greg has been a big part of these times together. We all love you guys so much, and are praying for you all. I will always cherish the fun times we have had over the years, and there are many of those that will never be forgotten! Greg, what's that flavor you had me trying a few weeks ago? Wish I could remember. Until we meet again in Heaven, rest in peace buddy, and Go Sox!


Uncle Bobby
Bobby T
March 3, 2016
To the Colla family,
I am deeply saddend to hear about Greg, I have been best friends with him for a very long time. As a recovering addict myself I understand the struggles that he was facing. Its a devil of a drug to quit and I am very sad that it had to end this way. Greg will be sorely missed but never forgotten. I loved playing video games and hanging out with him he was a blast to be around and to talk to, he was always there for me.

I hope you can take comfort in the fact that sharing your sons story will save someone else's son or daughter.

My family and I will have you in our prayers.
February 22, 2016
Carol and Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

With deepest sympathy,
Marianne and Scott McKenzie
February 21, 2016
We are so sorry for your loss. We have a daughter who is now fighting a herion addiction. She is highly educated and is a wonderful person. She thinks that she will be able to beat it. All we can do is pray and support her in any way we can. God Bless your family
February 21, 2016
To the Colla family,

While we did not know Gregory we know first hand about addiction as our family suffers daily with this disease. Thank you for bravely sharing your story in this beautifully written obituary.

Please know that we shall remember you all in our prayers as you mourn the loss of your loved one.

Rich & Joan Colbert
February 19, 2016
Dear Colla Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my brother 5 years ago to a heroin overdose and my parents were too ashamed to publish his cause of death. We told people he died of a sudden heart attack. I know that most people know that is not true... I applaud your courage to state how your son died. People need to know that heroin addiction touches all kinds of people. We need to erase the stereotype that people have of heroin addicts. It sounds like your son was a wonderful kid. I am so sorry for your loss.
February 18, 2016
Dear Colla family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that your memories sustain you in this time of sorrow. I cannot imagine the amount of grief that you must be feeling. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Y para mis estudiantes de español, te mando un abrazo muy fuerte.


Jennifer Neal
Jennifer Neal
February 18, 2016
Kim and Family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May Greg find the peace he was searching for.

Ginger Mealy
Ginger Mealy
February 18, 2016
Please accept my heartfelt condolences on your immeasurable loss. Death is tragic enough but it is truly heartbreaking to lose someone so young. The pain, grief, and feelings of helplessness can sometimes seem unbearable. During such grievous times words seem to be of little comfort. However, there are words that can comfort those who are mourning as no other words can those of our loving Heavenly Father who created us and has the desire and the ability to undo the effects of death. At Hosea 13:14 He promises to empty the grave and redeem our loved ones from death. Our tears of pain will be replaced with tears of joy! My prayer is that God will strengthen you and give you a measure of peace until His promises are realized.
February 18, 2016
Dear Colla Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Greg's passing. We went to school together in South Windsor, and I got to know him on a deeper level this past summer at Rushford in Glastonbury. I am a recovering heroin addict myself and it breaks my heart that this happened. I can recall conversations we had talking about recovery, our struggles, our families, and our hopes for the future. I can't imagine the pain you are going through, and while I don't know you personally, I want to send my warmest regards. I will try my best to pay tribute to Greg, never forgetting the person I got to know this past summer.
February 17, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kathy Brown (Czernicki)
February 17, 2016
Dear Colla Family
You have my deepest sympathy. I knew Greg from Wapping Elementary and again at CCD. He was always kind and friendly young man. You and Greg have all my thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely love Chris Beebe
Chris Beebe
February 17, 2016
I did not know Gregory, but saw this posted on UCONN's site today.
So sorry on the loss of your son.
May his memory be a blessing.
February 17, 2016
I was heartbroken to hear the news of Greg's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Greg's family and friends.

As his kindergarten teacher at Wapping Elementary School, I remember Greg as being bright, shy, quiet, fun loving and sweet. He also always had a little twinkle in his eye.

I know that Greg has been met, in Heaven, by those who have gone before him and he will be warmed in God's love. He will be at peace, until you meet again. Until then, he will be with you in a different way, but never gone. Here is my favorite story about passing. I hope that it will bring you comfort.:

With love,
Shari Cutler Jackson
Shari (Cutler) Jackson
February 17, 2016
As a staff member at UConn I wanted to thank you for sharing in your son's story his addiction issues.
I believe you did this because you know that bringing these things to life can help prevent future loss. May Greg's story help someone else get help.
My prayers are with your family in your time of suffering.
February 17, 2016
Dear Carol and Family
As I was reading my bible this morning praying for your family
I came across this verse for Peace: May the God of Hope fill
You and your family with all Joy and Peace as you trust in HIM
so that you may overflow with Hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13.
My Deepest Sympathy !
February 17, 2016
I was very saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Dr. Gregory Haroian
February 17, 2016
Carol, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart-felt sympathy!
Lucy Wolodkowicz
February 17, 2016
I am another mom of an addict and wanted to send your family my prayers and deepest sympathy for the loss of your son. We don't know one another, however, we have a very common bond with many families across America. Thank you for being brave and willing to share. May God Bless You ..
February 17, 2016
To the Colla family please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have loved Kevin for years. The person he is tells us who his family is also. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayer lists always as this chapter is only beginning. Be comforted that God is always loving and kind. Greg is today experiencing with God that which we all hope to know one day. Have faith that even in the lowest moments God is there for you. Reach out to him for strength for the next hour, day and weeks ahead.

With him and through him we all find the way.

Millie Jenkins
Anna's Mother
February 17, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. I admire your strength and openness. Through it all, your son still had gentleness and a great deal of love for his family, and it showed in your tenderly written obituary.
February 16, 2016
My condolences to the family. Continue to rely on God during this difficult time and know that he hears prayers : Isaiah 59 : 1
February 16, 2016
I too have lost my Son to this unrelentless, terribly, relapsing drug. He was 29. May God go before your family at this time and the days ahead. I'm sure whatever love could do was done. Praying peace and comfort to you.
Donna Rae
February 16, 2016
To Gregory's Family, You don't know me...I am a mom who also lost her son to his addiction on 9/26/15...I commend you on your strength in mentioning Gregory's addiction in his obituary...I did the same hoping that it would help someone somehow...There has to be an awareness of this epidemic and something needs to be done to save our children...We are losing too many of our babies...Since I cannot personally give you a hug, I will pray for your son and family...may God give you the strength to get through the days ahead...I understand your pain...R.I.P. Gregory
February 16, 2016
Dear Wayne, Carol, Kevin and Kim,

We were so shocked to hear about Greg. We can't imagine what you are going through. You were such wonderful neighbors to us and we have memories of Greg growing up. Know that you are in our prayers as you go through this difficult time. God bless you all.
Bill and Kathy Sauter
February 16, 2016
May the warmth of the good times bring you comfort as you move forward daily. Your honesty is admirable and one can only hope it will be a lesson and a wake up to someone else fighting the battle. Our thoughts are with you today and always. So very sorry to hear of Greg's passing. Sail the sky's
Jean Marshall & family
February 16, 2016
Dear Colla family.

I spent hours talking with Greg about his life, his family, his disease and his awareness that if he didn't overcome this monster how it was going to take his life. I was always frank with him and told him that it was going to continue to call to him, and if he wasn't strong, and if he didn't want to be rid of it more than anything in his life, it was going to take his. Today I am sad. It's not fair. Why Greg? There a really no answers. This cunning disease is stealing life from all around us. For a lousy $10. The War is over for him. Now we're supposed to go on. Yeah right....... Greg loved his family. He spoke fondly of his Sister Kim. He enjoyed spending time with her and she was one of his biggest supporters. He loved playing golf with Mom, and looked forward to visits from Kevin. Family was important to him. My heart aches for all of you. He was a great kid.
Bill Emmons
February 16, 2016
Carol & Family - I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Jenn Ullram
February 16, 2016

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My deepest sympathy on the loss of your son.
Emily Campanelli
February 16, 2016
As a fellow UConn student who recently lost her father to heroine addiction, this hits home for me. I am so sorry to hear of another beautiful soul being taken by this disease. Please know that the UConn community has your family in our thoughts.
UConn Student
February 16, 2016
Carol and Family, My heart goes out to you at this terrible time of loss. There are no words that can take away the pain you are feeling. Just know that my thoughts are with you.
Tina Santilli
February 16, 2016
Carol - I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. My heartfelt sympathies to you and your entire family.
Donna Rusate
February 16, 2016
I am so sorry to hear about Greg. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I will pray that you find strength during this difficult time.
Deb Gagnon
February 16, 2016
Carol and Family, Sorry to hear of your loss and deepest sympathy in the passing of your son Greg. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Mike McCartney
February 16, 2016
My heart breaks for your family and friends who are mourning the loss of your beautiful son. My sincere condolences to all of you.

I could have easily been in your shoes. I, too, have a son battling this disease. I was fortunate in that I found him in the nick of time and he is now in rehab. It will be a long hard road ahead but one that I am willing to travel with him to ensure his recovery.

As Carroll O'Connor once said, "Get between your kid and drugs any way you can, if you want to save the kids life."

God bless Gregory's family and anyone who is dealing with this horrendous addiction.

Rest in peace Gregory.
February 15, 2016
To Greg's Family,
There are so many people
praying for you, and grieving
with you. May your son rest
in peace, and you find peace.
your community
February 15, 2016
To the family of Gregory, God bless you for you being honest and open about your son's passing, I pray your words will be used to speak to someone struggling with this addiction. You love your son so much that you showed unconditional love just like the Lord asks us to also do. His addiction did not define who he was. Know that you will all be together again and he is a free spirit full of love and sitting on the fluffy white clouds whistling and strumming his guitar with the angels.
February 15, 2016
Carol (and family) my deepest sympathy over the loss of your son. There are no words that I can offer to ease your but know my thoughts are with you in this time of grief.
Jeff Michelson
February 15, 2016
I am so very sorry for the loss of your son. I lost my son to heroin 4 yrs ago. My prayers for courage and strength are with you. Never give up
Maria Angeloni
February 15, 2016
So sorry to hear of your painful loss. I admire your courage in sharing Greg's and your story. Hopefully it will open eyes in the community about this terrible and all too common addiction, so we may all come together for a solution.
Teri Lemieux
February 15, 2016
Dear Colla family, I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Greg but on behalf of every family in America thank you for your honesty and bravery in sharing his tragic addiction. We are all touched by one affliction or another. May you find peace and treasure the love Greg brought you.
February 15, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. Greg will always be remembered as a wonderful and bright young man. He was a good student and a good person. I thank you for your strength to share what your family has been through and hope that you can find peace in the positive memories. Hugs of support and sympathy to you all and to all of his South Windsor High School friends and teachers. Xoxo
Brendanne Skoronski Yanotchko
February 15, 2016
Aubrie and I send our heartfelt sympathies to your family during this difficult time. I only remember Greg to be a sweet boy. I hope he has found the peace he was looking for.
Susan Mazur
February 15, 2016
Dear Carol and Family.
My heart was saddened to hear of your tragic loss. Please know your Son Gregory, you, and your family are in my Prayers. Joanne Kazukynas
February 15, 2016
Carol, Wayne and family, I am so sorry to hear about your son Greg. My most sincere condolences during this difficult time.

Dave Longyear
Dave Longyear
February 15, 2016
You don't know me, but I have a son battling the same disease and know several young lived that were taken from this insidious disease.I want to offer my heartfelt condolences and will be praying for your family. God bless you and keep you in his care. spread your Angel wings and fly in peace dear Gregory.
February 15, 2016
Thoughts and prayers to the Colla family. May you find comfort a lung family and friends during this tough loss. He was taken too soon.
C Schloss
February 15, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

RIP Greg- you were one hell of a kid, you will be greatly missed.
February 15, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this most difficult time. Greg will be missed. With Love, The Quirion Family
Anne Quirion
February 15, 2016
I am so so sorry for your loss. I didn't know your son, but I know the addiction. Prayers to you. ❤
February 15, 2016
Our sincere sympathies for your loss.
Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home
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