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Thursday, November 8, 2012

WA/DL Capt. Tom Colette

WA/DL Capt. Tom Colette
January 14, 1936 ~ November 3, 2012

Word has been received of the passing of USAF veteran and retired WA/DL Captain Thomas John Colette Jr., age 76.  Tom was born and raised in Michigan.  He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret Ely Colette in September 2002.  Captain Colette hired on with Western 04-27-1964 and retired with Delta at the mandatory age 60, based LAX.
To view the family photo gallery and to sign the online guestbook please visit  http://www.tributes.com/show/Thomas-John-Colette-94703632   A funeral mass will be celebrated tomorrow November 9th with visitation and rosary this evening.  
The last known address for Captain Colette was  1807 Hilton Head Drive,  Boulder City  NV 89005-3656.   Perhaps the best way to send personal condolences to the family would be by emailing Tom’s son Stan at skanks@verizon.net 
Visitation:  Thursday, November 08 , 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM    
Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary
11160 Stranwood Ave., Mission Hills, CA 91345
(818) 361-7387  
Rosary:  Thursday, November 08 , 7:00 PM    
Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary
11160 Stranwood Ave., Mission Hills, CA 91345
(818) 361-7387
Funeral Mass:  Friday, November 09 , 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM    
San Fernando Mission Rey de España Church
15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd.,  Mission Hills  CA 91345 
Interment:  Friday, November 09 , 1:15 PM    
San Fernando Mission Cemetery
11160 Stranwood Ave., Mission Hills, CA 91345 
Reception to follow services:  Friday, November 09 , at 1:35 PM    
Summit Clubhouse
24600 Del Monte Drive,  Valencia  CA 91355

Joan Jarve Colette is his wife.
Joan Jarve Colette
26315 Emerald Dove Drive
Valencia, CA. 91355-3515

Terry is his daughter, she was a KC 135 driver in the reserves for a while.
Terry Cosley
28367 Mt. Stephen Avenue
Santa Clarita, CA. 91387-3144
Tom was my T-28 instructor pilot at Spence Air Base, Moultrie, Georgia in the spring of 1960. I was an aviation cadet in USAF class 61-D and had the good luck to be his student. Later we both retired as Delta Captains and I always had great memories of flying with him. My sincere condolences to the family.
David L. Roberts
Lt. Col, USAFR, Ret 
Posted by: David L. Roberts - Johns Creek, GA - Retired Delta Captain   Nov 08, 2012 
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 4:58 PM
Subject: Passing of WAL/DAL Captain Tom Colette
Tom Colette flew west earlier this week….after a very brief but devastating illness….stan 
Subject: Dad's final arrangements 
   To: "Stan Franks (skanks@verizon.net)" skanks@verizon.net  
Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 5-9:00 p.m. at Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary, 11160 Stranwood Ave, Mission Hills, CA 91345;  rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 12:00 noon at the San Fernando Mission Church, 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd, Mission Hills, CA 91345. Reception will follow at the Valencia Summit Clubhouse, 24600 Del Monte Dr, Valencia, CA 91355.

1 comment:

  1. To all: A Thank You from Terry Cosley re: Tom Colette's passing.

    Thanks for the shared memories. My brothers and I were always very proud of Dad and thought he had the coolest job ever! He lived an amazing life traveling the world and being with his family. Other than my mom’s losing battle with cancer 10 years ago, I’d say he lived the perfect life. He was able to have a wonderful second life with Joanie, a widowed friend of Mom’s, whom he was able to share 7 amazing years with. Just last summer (’11) they went on safari in Kenya and then sailed home on the Queen Mary(?)2 from England. This past August they were on a cruise that took them to Dubrovnik, Egypt, the Holy Land and Greece. Three weeks later, Joanie was concerned enough with some symptoms he was showing to take him to the doctor. It snowballed from there. Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease. It still makes my head spin when I think how quickly he deteriorated. We left no stone unturned trying to have him diagnosed. Unfortunately, CJC is very difficult to diagnose, extremely rare, and ultimately, fatal.
    He lived a great life and had a relatively short, pretty painless last few weeks. We should all be so lucky.
    We will all miss him greatly.
    Thanks again for taking the time to write.
    Terry Cosley
    p.s. Of my mom and dad’s four kids, 3 boys and 1 girl, I was the one to follow in his footsteps. I flew KC-135’s with a USAFR squadron out of March AFB. I was hired by them about a year after college and stuck around until I made my folks grandparents. It must be genetic…