Frederick Christopher Colbert, 73, of Oakland Street passed away Tuesday at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. He was born in Springfield on September 18, 1947 to the late Daniel and Frieda (Borak) Colbert. He was raised in Springfield and settled in West Springfield 40 years ago. He was a graduate of Cathedral High School and later studied Horticulture at University of Maine and Central Connecticut State University. Fred worked for 35 years as an assistant manager and salesman at Pennock Wholesale Florists formerly of West Springfield. He was a longtime communicant of St. Thomas Church. He was a US Army veteran, serving as an M.P. overseas in Germany for two years. Without having siblings of his own, Fred was brought into the Kiczek family through his loving wife of 53 years, Frannie. He embraced Nancy, Mary Ann, Richie and all of their cousins as his own. Fred enjoyed camping, trips to the Cape and any bit of time spent with family and friends. He cherished time spent following his sons in any sport they played, from Little League up through college, you could find Fred on the side line, in the bleachers or in the corner of the gym. You could always count on him for lending a ride to any of the boy’s friends to and from practice in the white van. Fred’s five grandchildren were his absolute world. He will forever be remembered as their “Silly Pa” and “Pazzie”. He also loved time spent with his five grand-dogs through the years. Fred loved making the “Family Wine” with his brother-in-law Frank. You could find Fred in the basement shooting a game of pool, listening to his music and playing his bongos while sharing stories and laughs with family and friends. Fred treated all his nieces and nephews as one of his own. Fred adored his two daughters-in-law, Tristin and Noelle. Fred’s laughter, B.S. and jokes are sure to be missed but never forgotten. He was the loving husband of Frances M. (Kiczek) Colbert, beloved father of Michael A. Colbert and his wife Tristin, Joseph E. Colbert, and Robert F. Colbert and his wife Noelle all of West Springfield and devoted grandfather of Ryan B. Colbert, Taylor R. Colbert, Payton E. Colbert, Madyson N. Colbert, and Taryn R. Colbert. The calling hours will be Sunday from 4-7 pm at the TOOMEY-O’BRIEN FUNERAL HOME, 1043 Westfield Street, West Springfield. There will be a Funeral Mass Monday at 11:30 am at St. Thomas Church followed a Committal Service at 1 pm at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Agawam. Fred worked with flowers most of his life so feel free to shower him with flowers to celebrate his life.
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