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John Colby

February 22, 2014

Brentwood, NH — John Ellsworth Colby, 76, formerly of Sandown, N.H., and Brownville, Maine, died on February 22, 2014, at the Rockingham County Nursing Home, after a lengthy illness. Born in Keene, N.H., Mr. Colby was the first son of the late Russell and Edythe Colby of Bradford, Mass. His brother, Dr. David R. Colby of Beaufort, N.C., predeceased him as well. Mr. Colby graduated in 1955 from Haverhill High School and attended Northeastern University and Wentworth Institute of Technology. He was a well known home designer and builder, and furniture craftsman, particularly known for his ability to create beautiful curved staircases. He was the founding production manager of both Westville Homes Corporation of Plaistow, N.H., and Xyloid Corporation of Greenville, Pa.,, pioneers in the modular home industry. He was also proprietor of the Westville Getty service station in Plaistow in the 1970s, and co-owner and occasional driver of the “1/5 Schenley Special” stock cars that raced, from 1968 to 1989, at Star in Epping, N.H., Lee, N.H., Hudson, N.H., and Westboro Mass., speedways.

Mr. Colby leaves four children, Dr. Michael E. Colby of Arlington, Va., Robert S. Colby of Brentwood, N.H., Susan L. Colby of Plaistow, N.H., and Stefanie E. Colby of Harrison; two granddaughters, Hazel and Maisy Colby of Harrison; and two former wives, Marye Thornton Colby of Plaistow, and Virginia Valvo Colby of Harrison.

ARRANGEMENTS: Services were private, however a Celebration of Life will be held for his friends this summer, on a date to be announced later.

Donations in his memory may be made to the New Hampshire SPCA, 104 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham, NH 03885. Arrangements are by the Stockbridge Funeral Home, Exeter, N.H. Please visit
Published on March 13, 2014
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