Alice Colby

01/08/2013 1:25 PM |

Alice Colby of New Suffolk died Jan. 3, 2013, at age 89.

Alice Colby

A devoted and lifelong summer resident, and for the last 30 years a year-round resident, of the North Fork, Alice was the last of the original summer colonists of Kimogenor Point in New Suffolk. As such, and as a deep repository of the collective memory of this community, special notice is due to her here for the benefit of her many younger friends.

Alice was the much loved youngest daughter born to Shirley (Gleason) and J. Lloyd Bailey, themselves among the founders of Kimogenor Point, Mr. Bailey having also served as an early president of the colony’s association.

Proud to the end, young Alice was among the most beautiful of a dishy set of local war brides in the 1940s. Widely traveled and broadly conversant, if not bookish, she became a mentally well-stocked lateral thinker, hence for many years a finisher of the Sunday Times crossword.

Highly intuitive, she was wonderful with animals and small children. Her core gifts, however, were for loyal, loving friendship and for melting laughter, the latter notably in daylong conversations with her late sister, Joyce.

Mrs. Colby is survived by her sons, Jonathan, of North Kingstown, R.I., and Seth, of Buffalo, N.Y., and Savannah, Ga., and by her daughter, Michal Colby Wadsworth of Buffalo and Fort Erie, Ont. By them she leaves seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Family and Kimogenorians of the third, fourth and fifth generations and their friends will honor her at a summer bash at the Point, balloons to be prominent. Her family gives special thanks to Muffie and Jim Baker and Richard Saeli for making Alice’s last years comfortable and truly sweet.

Arrangements were handled by Coster-Heppner Funeral Home in Cutchogue.

Donations may be made to Peconic Land Trust, 296 Hampton Road, P.O. Box 1776, Southampton, NY 11969.

This is a paid notice.