(February 3, 1903-August 6, 1961)
Norwood--Russell E. Colbert, Austin Ridge Rd., Norwood, died suddenly at his home at 3:30 Sunday morning, Aug. 6, 1961. Death was attributed to a heart attack.
He had been in his usual good health during the day. The day before he put 1,400 bales of hay into his barn and did other work on his farm.
The body is at the Buck Funeral Home. Services were held at 2 oclock this afternoon at St. Phillips Episcopal Church with the Rev. William Matthers, rector, officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Caroline Bingham Colbert; one son, Russell E. Colbert Jr., at home; one daughter, Mrs. Nicholas (Doris) Ruthowski, Glenmont, N.Y.; four grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Hamilton (Helen) Sperry, Childwold, Mrs. Isabel Bradley, Madrid, Mrs. Frances Colbert, Norwood, Mrs. Clifford (Margaret) Wilkins, Stockholm; six brothers John, Kenneth, Albert and Donald, all of Norwood, Malcolm of Madrid and George of California.
Mr. Colbert was born Feb. 3, 1903 at Long Lake, N.Y. the son of Edward and Jesse Russell Colbert. He came to Norwood with his parents as a child and had since resided in this vicinity.
He and Caroline Bingham of Cortland were married many years ago. During his early life he worked as a carpenter. For the last 20 years he had owned and operated a farm on the Austin Ridge Rd.
Mr. Colbert was a member of the Board of Education of Norwood-Norfolk Central School since centralization, was a vestryman at St. Phillips Episcopal Church, a member of Teamsters Local 685 and a member of What Cheer Lodge, F. & A.M., Norwood.
Masonic services were conducted last night at 8 oclock at the funeral home.
(From the Pauline Deshaies collection, original source unknown).