Kenneth Colville

Kenneth H. Colville Sr.

Sunday, May 2nd, 1937 - Sunday, February 16th, 2020
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COHOES Kenneth H. Colville Sr., 82, of Ziemke Farm Lane died Sunday February 16, 2020 after a long illness at Albany Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Albany, he was the son of the late Henry J. and Claire A. Soulier Colville.

Ken had been employed by the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles in Albany as an instructor and retired in 1998. He had served as a Sergeant with the Waterford Police Department for a number of years before becoming Public Safety Commissioner and served in that position for several years. Earlier in his career he served with the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department. He was a veteran of the US Airforce and served as an Inflight Refueling Specialist. He was a former volunteer with the Waterford Rescue Squad. Ken was an avid golfer who loved to hike and travel.

He is survived by his beloved life companion Gabrielle “Gay” Chalifoux Tarlo and his children, James H. Colville II of Gansevoort, Cynthia A. Horowitz (Thomas), Kenneth H. Colville Jr. of Rensselaer, and Carmen M. Tarlo (Laura) of Cohoes. He was predeceased by a brother Robert F. Colville and is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and his beloved canine companion Miss Charlotte. He is predeceased by other canine companions including, Pepper Johnson, Brutus and Miss Molly Doolittle.

Funeral services will be Tuesday February 25, 2020 at 9:30 am at Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St. (Rte.32), Waterford. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rensselaer.

Relatives and friends may visit at the funeral home on Monday Feb. 24, 2020 from 4-7 pm.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Ave., Menands, NY 12204, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or Habitat for Humanity, 285 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Suite 2700, Atlanta, GA 30303.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, February 24th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, February 24th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home
    133 Broad Street (Rte. 32)
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
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  • Service

    Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 | 9:30am
    Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 9:30am
    Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home
    133 Broad Street
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Donald Bourgeois
  • Interment

    Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
    Holy Sepulchre Rd
    RENSSELAER, NY 12144
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Posted at 07:05am
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Cindy Horowitz

Posted at 09:57am
one more memory... Dad golfing with his granddaughter ... ( Carmen's daughter , Evie ) ... he loved showing her his old tricks. Golf was Dad's favorite pastime .. that, and his dogs, of course !

Cindy Horowitz

Posted at 07:11am
Some photos and memories of Dad ... one from Last Christmas ; One from my wedding day (2001) .. one from my 1st birthday .. Dad was so proud that I knew I was " one " ( smart !) .. and one from his days in law enforcement... yep, I was Daddy's girl.. and blessed to be with him in the end. He saw me into this life , and I saw him out... God knows what he's doing.... Love you Dad !

William Arendt

Posted at 12:56pm
I played golf for a number of years with Ken although he was very talented and there weren't many games where I was able to score close to him. He was always a gentleman. We both worked at DMV but our careers seldom crossed paths. My deepest condolences to the family. He always drove the golfball long and straight; much like he lived his life.

Cathy Keyser Posted at 03:07pm

I'm so very sorry, Gay to learn of your loss. Hugs and prayers for you and your family.

Cindy Horowitz Posted at 05:55pm

Thank you for your kind words . Dad loved his golf, for sure. Even as his days were drawing near the end, he was telling the hospital staff how he was going to go golfing when he got out... that was his hope ! I enjoyed reading your post. Thank you for sharing it. - Cindy ( his daughter)

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