The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 26, 2008


Robert W. Colburn

Former long-time member

of the Carlisle community

Robert W. Colburn, age 69, the husband of Mary J. (O’Mahony) Colburn, died of lung cancer on Sunday, September 14, at the West Roxbury VA Hospital. He and his family had lived in Carlisle for thirty years, from 1978 until 1985 on Peter Hans Road and from 1985 until January 2008 on North Road. Mr. Colburn fell in 2005 while putting up outdoor Christmas lights and had been a quadriplegic since that accident. In January 2008, the Colburns moved into a handicap-accessible house that they had built in Billerica.

Mr. Colburn was born in Templeton, Massachusetts, on January 21, 1939, the son of the late Kenneth and Dorothy Colburn. Over the years he lived in Ayer, Pepperell and Carlisle before moving to Billerica. He served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He worked at the Bedford VA Hospital, the Hanscom Air Force Base and the GAC Painting Company prior to retiring. He was a member of the Billerica Lodge of Elks.

In addition to his wife Mary, Mr. Colburn is survived by his four sons, Patrick Colburn of Groton, Robert Colburn of Pepperell, Randy Colburn of Brookline, New Hampshire, and Richard Colburn of New Jersey; three daughters, Kelly Domina of Groton, Colleen Colburn of Billerica and Eva Bent of Brookline, New Hampshire; six brothers; four sisters; eleven grandchildren and one great-grandson.

A funeral service was held at St. Anne’s Episcopal in Billerica on Thursday, September 18. Memorial contributions in Robert Colburn’s name may be made to Voluntary Services, SCI Nursing Education, 1400 VFW Parkway, W. Roxbury, MA 02132 or the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Road, Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Sweeney Memorial Funeral Home in Billerica.

Seen on the tube

• Seen on Channel 5’s Chronicle, last Thursday night. In the half-hour segment devoted to the local foods that are served at Michael Leviton’s restaurant, Lumiere, in West Newton, Tricia Smith’s “Carlisle Farmstead Cheese,” located at the corner of Concord Street and Indian Hill Road, was prominently featured as one of Lumiere’s favorite food suppliers.

With a visit from Chronicle to Smith’s Farmstead Cheese, viewers were able to observe all aspects of cheese manufacturing; the pastures, the barn, the goats, the milk room and an interview with Smith in the cheese house where she was ladling curd and molding cheese.

Smith was happy to have an opportunity to demonstrate how a small farmstead cheese business can be profitable, as well as enjoyable. For those of you who have never sampled Smith’s cheese, her produce is for sale at the Carlisle Farmers Market, on Saturday mornings, through mid-October.

Seen on NewsCenter 5 on Monday. Kathy Hassey of Fifty Acre Way, who is president of the Massachusetts School Nurse Organization, was interviewed in a discussion of the fewer number of nurses employed in Massachusetts schools because of tight budgets. Especially in inner-city schools, nurses are being shared by smaller schools situated close-by.

“Why are schools sharing nurses?” Hassey was asked. “It is not a shortage of nurses, it’s a shortage of funding,” she replied.

There is a concern for children with diabetes or allergies who do not have a registered nurse available on a day-to-day basis.

• Emily Goldberg of Indian Hill Road, a junior at the University of Rochester, has been named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at the University of Rochester for the spring 2008 semester.

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