1925 – 2014
Putnam – Richard E. Columbia, 88, of Wicker St., died Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in Day Kimball Hospital. He is the loving husband of Jeannette (LaPointe) Columbia. Born in Rogers, CT, he was the son of the late Samuel and Anastasia (LaRose) Columbia. Mr. Columbia was a veteran of WWII serving his country in the United States Army. He came home and worked as a machine operator and textile worker for Putnam Finishing and Line Master Switch. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Richard is survived by his son, Richard A. Columbia and his wife Linda of Putnam, his grandchildren, Nicolas Columbia and his wife Crystal of Putnam, and Michelle Smith and her husband Brad of Putnam; and his great-grandchildren, Mya, Veronica, Kailyn, and Nicolas. Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014 in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St, Putnam, CT. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made in Richard’s name to St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St., Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.