Obituaries 02-25-2021

Stanley Colson

A Charitable, Big-Hearted, Munificent Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather

Stanley V. Colson, 97, of Everett passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on February 16.

The beloved husband for 63 years of the late Elsbeth B. (Horath) Colson, he was the loving father of Ralph Colson and his wife, Linda Bellofatto of Nahant, Carl Colson and his wife, Judy Colson of Everett, and the late Bernard Colson; cherished grandfather of Matthew Colson, Allison Pires and her husband, Mike Pires, Daryl Ann Colson, and Elsbeth Ann Colson and the cherished great-grandfather of Harper Pires. He is also survived by his special pals, Blackie, Grey and Buddy.

Stanley Colson was a charitable, big-hearted, munificent father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who passed away peacefully in his childhood home in Everett. He had a love for people that matched no other and spread through all areas of his life.

Raised in East Boston, he moved to Everett with his family in 1929 and graduated from Everett High School in 1941.

As a young child, a neighborhood boy, Martin Phillips, invited Stan to go model flying with him and his father—this sparked a lifelong passion for designing and building model airplanes. As his love for aviation grew, he competed in the Jordan Marsh-Boston Traveler Junior Aviation League (JAL) contest with his best friend Harry Keshishian, during high school in the late 1930’s—he claimed fifth place over the Flying Scale Model and came in first with overall scale points.

After high school, a church member hired Stan to work in his sheet metal shop, Tienen-Tongnen. There they made duct work for the Navy, spinning for MIT, and made aluminum discs for RADAR in submarines. He did a lot of aluminum welding, which was also new at the time. 

In 1942, members of JAL were invited to use their expertise in designing model airplanes to aid in the Navy’s model plane building program at Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Virginia. He would use the skills and knowledge he had learned so far, to aid in research done by MIT airplane designing model wings that helped to increase the speed and aeronautics of these models in a wind tunnel, among other activities.

On November 19, 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Devens in MA and would send his paycheck back to Ruth, his mother, to help make mortgage payments. His tour with the 903 rd Air Engineer Squadron included Scotland, England, France, Belgium, Germany, Holland.

He met his life-long wife in Germany at a park outside of a local Lutheran church after one of his fellow soldiers had passed. They would write letters delivered by another fellow soldier. In later years, Stan would propose to Elsbeth through a letter and he sent her engagement ring over in a bag of flour! 

Prior to their engagement, he went to the New England Aircraft School from ’46-’48 and completed classes to become a Master Mechanic. Stanley and Elsbeth married in 1948 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Everett, which started their life long journey together in the Church. He taught Sunday School, was an altar guild, served on church council and was a greeter at First Lutheran Church of Malden. On May 17, 1994, Stan and his wife were awarded Lay Persons of the Year.

Once discharged from the Army, he worked at General Steele in Everett making grocery carts and could make up to 24 per hour, more than many of his colleagues!

After being discharged from the Army, he found himself being arrested for trespassing at Hanscom Field Air Base, where he went looking for someone to help straighten out some misfiled discharge paperwork. He would be offered a job on the Hanscom Airforce Base from a fellow soldier who knew him during the war.

In 1951, he was called to serve in the Korean War, this time to the Ninth Airforce as part of the Army Airforce—he moved his wife and eldest son to New Mexico and again worked on models. He returned to Hanscom Airforce base after the Korean War and worked there until the base closed in 1973.

In 1978, he would come to work at a sheet metal shop at the Lincoln Lab in Bedford creating J-Stars and weather balloons. Here he would remain until 1985, when he retired to painting houses in his early sixties. 

Stan snuck into his first Everett High football game as a teenager, Everett beat an undefeated Malden team with a 6-0 upset. He attended Patriots and Everett High School football games with his family—even when temperatures were in the single digits— where he watched many youth kids grow up over the years. He attended his last EHS game in 2020, unfortunately the basketball teams had lost. Whether it was basketball, football, baseball or hockey he loved cheering for the Boston teams in the play-offs or even when they were not at their high points; he was a true Boston sports fan. 

He flew as president and co-founder of the New England Wakefield (NEWG) outdoor model club, founded in 1953. He spent much of his retirement caring for his grandchildren. He enjoyed attending their sporting events and becoming a grandfather figure to many of their friends.

After he retired, he concentrated on his model flying, which gave time to bond early in retirement with his family. He attended three AMA National Championships meets—he placed five times, including one first place. He was a member of SAM 7 (Society of Antique Modeler) in Connecticut; during his retirement years he was the club free flight high point champion nineteen times. He went to one Sam National Championship and placed fifth.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours at the JF Ward Funeral Home, 772 Broadway, Everett, on Friday, February 26 from 3:30 to 8 p.m. A funeral will be held from the funeral home on Saturday, February 27 at 10 a.m. with a funeral service commencing at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with military honors and interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  

In lieu of flowers, donations in Stanley’s memory may be made to the AMA Programs Fund at  www.modelaircraft.org/donate or mail to: 5161 E Memorial Drive, Muncie, IN 47302. In accordance with the CDC, MA Dept. of Public Health, and local restrictions, masks must be worn at all times inside the funeral home with social distancing practices. For online guestbook, please visit: www.jfwardfuneralhome.com.

Collette Grant

Of Revere

Collette (Costello) Grant of Revere died unexpectedly  on February 12 at the age of 75. 

Born in Chelsea on October 15, 1945 to the late Joseph and Yvette (Giguere), she was the devoted mother of Eric M. Grant and his husband, David Finkelstein of Brooklyn, NY, and Heather Ford of Revere; cherished grandmother of Lynsdale Ford Jr., Sydney, Casey and Zachary Ford; dear sister of Michael Costello and his wife, Jane of New Hampshire, Cathy Costello of Malden and the late Raymond Costello and his surviving wife, Pastor Catherine Costello of North Carolina. She is also survived by countless friends. 

Due to the current restrictions with Covid-19, all services were privately held by the immediate family.  Interment at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody.  A Celebration of Collette’s Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Rossetti Cowan Senior Center, 25 Winthrop Avenue, Revere, MA 02151. For guest book please visit www.buonfiglio.com.

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