Lee H. Colby, Sr., 90, of Concord, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2022 with family by his side.
He was born on April 22, 1932 in Manchester to Leon and Irene Colby. He grew up in southern New Hampshire and enlisted in the USMC after high school.
One of Lee’s favorite hobbies was building and driving racecars. He proudly wore #17Jr while driving and leaves behind his three-generation legacy, Colby Racing, to his grandson Peter. Together they spent a lot of time at the Loudon racetrack and won many trophies. Lee was also an accomplished mechanic for 59 years and worked at various garages and dealerships throughout his career. He was an avid hunter and fisherman always looking forward to trips to Vermont on the Kancamagus with his grandson Jon every year. He enjoyed studying and visiting civil war sites and flying in vintage aircraft. While loving to travel locally, he was very proud to say he had also achieved his dream of visiting Alaska several years ago.
Lee was a devout Christian, putting great value in his faith and serving the Lord. Above all else, Lee was a beloved family man. He made sure that family reunions were held every year and loved spending time with everyone. His absence will surely be felt at future gatherings.
Lee is survived by his children: Debra Russell and her husband Mitchell of Vermont, Donna Colby of Salisbury, Thomas Colby and his wife Donna of Manchester, Diane Maine and her husband Ronald of Maine, and Lee Colby, Jr., of Florida; his stepchildren: Richard “Ricky” Tewksbury of Concord, and Dorothy Steenbeke and her husband Edward of Concord; his niece Terry Anderson, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is predeceased by his wife Alice (Johnson) Colby, his two sons, David and Scott Colby, his stepdaughter Candy Ziakas, and his three siblings.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, November 30th at 10:00am in Woodlawn Cemetery in Penacook. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend.