John B. Colby

John Bambrick Colby, 48 passed away on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at his home.

He was born on Jan. 23, 1969 in Lake Placid to Barbara A. and William R. Colby.

John was a 1987 graduate of Lake Placid High School and was a Journeyman Plumber by trade. He previously owned and operated Tubby’s Plumbing in Saranac. John was a talented athlete and won many Ski Jumping competitions throughout his life and even made the U.S. Ski Jumping team, until he left because it wasn’t “fun” anymore. He jumped for the love of the sport and when it became too regimented he knew that wasn’t for him.

John was funny, caring and had a heart of gold, especially for his animals, cats and dogs alike. Many years ago when he was living in South Carolina, he drove on his weekend off from work to find a home for a dog he found starving on the golf course. A family member ended up taking “Sandy,” and she lived a long and happy life due to his efforts. He often picked up stray animals and gave them a safe and happy home.

Please remember John as you knew him and not how he was living the last years of his life. He, like countless others succumbed to the grips of addiction and with that came the negative behaviors that tend to push people away. We knew who he was and missed him dearly. We knew he was still in there but he couldn’t find his way out. No matter what, he mattered and he mattered to his family who loved him dearly but didn’t know how to help him.

He is survived by his mother Barbara; his brothers, Brad and Rhett and his sister, Glenn Mary; nephew Wil and niece Addyson; plus several cousins.

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 at the M. B. Clark, Inc., Funeral Home in Lake Placid followed by a Funeral Service at 7 p.m. The Rev. David Ousley, rector of St. Eustace Episcopal Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the spring of 2018 at the convenience of the family. There will be a reception at 8 Oneida Ave. following the service.

Donations can be made to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society or any Addiction Treatment center of your choice.

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