Leo Colborne, 87

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Leo Colborne
Leo Colborne

Leo V. Colborne Sr., 87, passed away at Melrose Wakefield Hospital on Nov. 30 after a brief illness.

Leo was born in Melrose on Oct. 31, 1933, to the late Orland and Fannie (Hunter) Colborne. He was raised in Melrose and was a graduate of Melrose High School. After high school, Leo proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps and graduated from Burdett College. Leo worked many years for H.J. Stiles Floor Covering and Remodeling Corporation. He also served as assistant superintendent of engineering and operations for the state of Massachusetts, Bureau of State Office Buildings.

His hobbies were many, including hunting, softball and golf. He was a proud longtime board member of the Melrose Fish and Game Club. He also served for years as the Melrose liquor commissioner.

Leo was the beloved husband of the late Estelle (Rizzo) Colborne, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage. He was the loving and dedicated father of Leo V. Colborne Jr. of Hopkinton and his partner, Patricia Peterleitner, and Scott Colborne and his wife, Judy, of Melrose. He was the cherished grandfather of Daryl and Brent Colborne, Brian Colborne and wife Kaitlin, and Jessica Epstein and husband Joshua. He was the proud great-grandfather of Haley, Camryn and Michael Colborne. He was the brother of the late Gwen Follett and Orland Colborne. He is survived by a sister-in-law, Eleanor Rizzo, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be private. A graveside service will take place Saturday, Dec. 5, at 10:30 a.m. at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. All relatives and friends are invited. Services are under the care of the Gately Funeral Home in Melrose. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Leo’s name to the charity of your choice.

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