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William P. Colbert

The Star

William P. Colbert, 83, of Mexico Beach, passed away on Saturday, August 29 after a brief hospitalization in Panama City, FL. 

A funeral mass was said on Saturday, September 5 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Port St. Joe, FL and a private interment was held following the mass. 

William (“Bill”) was born in Brooklyn, NY to Mary and Thomas Colbert on March 15, 1937.  He married Rosemary Astrid Lucas on March 17, 1956 in Chicago, IL.  Bill worked many jobs to support his growing family, including following in his father’s footsteps as a pressman at the Chicago Sun-Times. He worked with explosives at a cement quarry for several years and began a life of public service as a fireman on the Chicago Fire Department for 22 years, most notably working on Truck 48 and Engine 96. Bill and Rosemary retired to Mexico Beach, FL in 1987, where he assumed the role of Fire Chief for seven years.  Bill served actively in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mexico Beach and with the Knights of Columbus. 

Bill enjoyed coin collecting, reading biographies and watching DVDs, but what he enjoyed even more was camping in his RV, visiting Civil War sites, National Parks and taking it on the road to visit family.  

William Colbert

William is preceded in death by son Billy, wife Rosemary, brothers Tom and John, and parents Thomas and Mary.    

William is survived by his remaining six children: Deb, Tim (Kendra), Rich, Kathi (Mark), Sue (Jeff) and Renee (Pat); sister Margie, 10 grandchildren: Gregory, Justin, Michael, Derek, Joey, Tiffany, Alyssa, Jacob, Jennifer and Alex, and eight great-grandchildren.  

Memorials may be given to Salvation Army (salvationarmy.org) or St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 2001 Monument Ave., Port St. Joe, FL 32456 

The family of William Colbert wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Drs. Bixler, Haghighat, Scott, Godsey, Milstead, Windsor and PA Sara Nordman, nurses and caring staff at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital (Bay).