Memorial for Thomas “Tom” Colbert ’58
Indianapolis, IN – Thomas (Tom) Albert Colbert passed away peacefully on Monday, July 9, 2018 at the age of 82. Born in Shelbyville, Indiana, Tom grew up in Decatur, Illinois and graduated from St. Teresa High School in 1953. After receiving his B.S. degree from Millikin University, Tom received a Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Illinois in Urbana in the 1960s. After graduate school Tom took advantage of President Kennedy’s national program to establish community mental health centers and moved his young family to New Hampshire. Tom loved the beauty of the White Mountains and the northern New England landscape and New Hampshire was always a special place to him. In addition to New Hampshire his career opportunities as a Social Worker and Mental Health Administrator also took Tom and his family back to Illinois and then to Michigan and Indiana.
A smart and witty optimist, Tom was an avid reader and writer who penned many short stories for his family as well as publications in the mental health field. He loved baseball - especially his “they are making their move” St. Louis Cardinals and jazz, particularly traditional jazz. Tom was a devoted member of the Catholic Church.
He is survived by his sister Mary Ann (Colbert) Groves and husband Jerry Groves of Decatur, Illinois, his former wife Patricia (Breeze) Colbert of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and his three children Teresa Ann (Colbert) Mark of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Mary Agnes (Colbert) Adkins of Indianapolis, Indiana and Daniel Patrick Colbert and wife Janine (Favazza) Colbert of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Tom is also survived by six grandchildren, Sarah Mark of Salem, Massachusetts, Zachary Mark, Mariah Colbert, Kayla Colbert, Jackson Colbert and Jameson Colbert all of Gloucester, Massachusetts. He was preceded in death by his son Thomas Michael Colbert and his parents Antoinette (Pitman) Colbert and Leo Colbert of Decatur, Illinois.
Services will be held privately.