Michael R. Colwell, of Holland, died Sunday, July 8, 2012 at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington. He was 59.
Michael was the beloved husband of 38 years to Linda M. Appicello Colwell.
Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of Joan Gorham Colwell and the late Raymond Colwell.
Michael was a former resident of Northeast Philadelphia before moving to Holland in 1995. He was a graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School Class of 1970 and had worked with Verizon as a Lineman for 39 years until his retirement in 2010. Most recently, he was employed with the Thompson Organization driving auto’s to various locations.
Mike was a gardener, a reader, a “doer”, a builder, a linesman, a lover, a “liver” of life, and a Man among men. He was the cornerstone of his family’s deep love for life and humankind and we are all better people because of Mike. We celebrate the man and will dearly miss the person who made such an impact on every life he touched.
In addition to his wife and mother, Mike is survived by his two children, Christopher M. Colwell and his wife Amy of Holland and Ashley N. Gard and her husband Jeffrey of Churchville. He is also survived by his three sisters, Joanne Spoltore and her husband Thomas of Warrington, Gail Schroeder and her husband Steven of Horsham and Lori Gonser of Philadelphia and his three grandchildren, Shane , Ava and Christian, his sister-in-law Mary Ellen Knapp and her husband Alan of Philadelphia and his nieces and nephew.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewings, Wednesday July 11 from 7:00-9:00pm and on Thursday, July 12 from 8:30-9:30am from the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 800 Newtown-Richboro Rd. (at Holland Rd.) Richboro and to his Funeral Mass 10:00am at St. Bede the Venerable Church, 1071 Holland Rd. Holland.
Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Bensalem.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation, One Valley Square, 512 Township Line Rd.-Suite 133, Blue Bell, PA 19422.
St. Bede the Venerable Church
1071 Holland Road, Holland, PA
5201 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 19020