Friday, March 7, 2008

Chuck Colton 1938-2008

On a sad note my Uncle Chuck died last week. He was my Momma's brother-in-law, married to her older sister Pat. We last saw him a year and a half ago when he was in Boston visitng his daughters and his grandson. He is the first of my parent's generation to die in our family. Death is merely a transition into another phase of being and we celebrate his life and wish him well on his journey. Here is his obituary

Charles Edward "Chuck" Colton, 69, of Lancaster, died Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at the Essa Flory Hospice Center. Born in Albany, N.Y., he was the son of the late Ruth and Jim Colton. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Pat, who he met while serving in the US Navy.

Chuck graduated from Albany Academy, Hamilton College, and Colgate University where he received a Master's degree. He spent 39 years at nine educational institutions as a teacher, counselor, coach, and administrator. He also was an advisor on college student aid to local, state, regional, and national agencies.

As a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Chuck was a vestryman, lay reader, chalice bearer, and Sunday school director. He was active with his wife, Pat, for more than ten years in the Episcopal expressions of Marriage and Engaged Encounter, where they were a presenting couple and treasurers for the eastern United States.

Chuck played secondary and collegiate soccer, making All-State and honorable mention All-American. In addition he played semi-pro soccer in Albany and Rochester, NY. Chuck started refereeing in 1965 and was licensed for both secondary school and USSF matches. He particularly enjoyed working with younger players and was honored by his peers in 1995 and 2001.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Pat, are his daughter Becky Colton, of Mexico, and her partner Sergio Perez and stepson Diego Perez, and his daughter Kristie Colton of Massachusetts and her partner Betsy Robertson and their son Jac Colton. He is also survived by his sisters, Susan Gibbons and Elizabeth Colton of Havertown, PA.

A celebration of Chuck's life will take place on Friday, March 14th at 11 am at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, St. Thomas Road, Lancaster, with Fr. Peter Greenfield officiating. Friends and family are invited to a reception immediately following the service in the church's fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Milagro House, 320 South Christian Street, Lancaster, PA 17602.