John A. Colombo, Sr.

March 26, 1939 - January 12, 2021
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Monet N. DiGenova
Randy and Joyce Lincicome Grove City, Ohio
Tina McNutt
Carolyn Vaughn
Carol A Oboczky


John A. Colombo, Sr. 81, of New Philadelphia, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, January 12, 2021 in his home.

Born in Roswell, John was the son of the late John and Lydia (Gladstone) Colombo and a 1957 graduate of the former Midvale High School. He had retired from the former Howden Buffalo at New Philadelphia where…

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John A. Colombo, Sr. 81, of New Philadelphia, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, January 12, 2021 in his home.

Born in Roswell, John was the son of the late John and Lydia (Gladstone) Colombo and a 1957 graduate of the former Midvale High School. He had retired from the former Howden Buffalo at New Philadelphia where he had worked as a welder.

To say that John was an avid local sports fan would be an understatement. Starting with his sons sporting activities and onto his grandchildren, if they played, wherever they played, he went. Any sport, anywhere, anytime. John’s support wasn’t just limited to his family. He could be found at almost any sporting event, watching the local area teams but was a fixture at Tuscarawas Central Catholic. He could be found not only watching boy’s and girls’ varsity games but junior varsity, freshmen, 8th grade and 7th grade games. He forged many friendships over the years with not only the players, but with the coaches too. He will be truly missed.

Surviving are his three sons, John (Marina) Colombo of Uhrichsville, Craig (Wendy) Colombo of Strasburg and Chris “Crunch” Colombo of New Philadelphia; three grandchildren, Marco Colombo, Mackenzie Colombo and Tyler Colombo and his brother, Web DiGenova of Hilton Head, South Carolina.

In addition to his parents, an infant son, Eric Colombo and two brothers, Anthony DiGenova and Tom Colombo also preceded him in death.

In keeping with John’s wishes, He is to be cremated through the care of the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia and a private family graveside service will be held in St. Elizabeth Church Cemetery at Roswell.

It was also John’s wish that memorial contributions be made in his memory to Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School, 777 Third Street NE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.


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St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Roswell OH


, Roswell , OH,

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A private family graveside service will be held in St. Elizabeth Church Cemetery at Roswell.

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Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School

777 - 3rd Street NE
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

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Born: March 26, 1939
Died: January 12, 2021

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Gabriel ( Bud ) & Ruth Mattevi posted on 1/17/21

Our prayers & sympathy to all of John's family. He was sure a faithful fan of Central Catholic & everyone was his friend. He will really be missed..


Frank Conidi posted on 1/16/21

To John, Craig and Chris. My deepest condolences on the passing of your father. He was a fine man and I very much enjoyed talking sports or anything with him. He was quite proud of all of you as well as his grandchildren. I do know that if there is a basketball court in Heaven, he is there with my father and many others from the Central Catholic community.


Joe Tarulli posted on 1/16/21

My sincerest condolences to Johnny, Craig, Crunch and the entire family. Growing up with the family, Mr. Colombo was always there with a wise and funny word. His knowledge and support of all things sports was unmatched. Will always remember that. Thinking and praying for you all.


Renee Gordon Waite & Family posted on 1/16/21

Prays for his family and for his friends. John always had a friendly greeting for everyone and he love to have people around him. Everyone knew his love for sports, how he love to participate and especially support his grandchildren. That was his happy place. He will be remembered by many people. My heart goes out to his friendly acquaintances, his good friends and especially those closest to him, his family, his loves.


Jake posted on 1/16/21

You will be missed Big John. You touched a lot of our lives and taught us what is important in life. Prayers for you and your family. RIP


Bob Race posted on 1/15/21

Prayers for the family. John was always around when my granddaughters played sports for Garaway (he truely cared and loved them and their family). John was always smiling and telling stories and will be missed. God rest his soul.


Judy Lewis posted on 1/15/21

Creg+Wendy and family so sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mark and Judy Lewis


Amber Moreland posted on 1/15/21

A beautiful soul that embraced our faith, gave us courage and led by example. Taught so many to be the best they could be but more importantly to never doubt yourself. It was never the problem but the finding the solution. Anything was possible. TCC graduate that had his kindness, wisdom and care. Always looked after all of us. Sadly missed. Deeply respected. Condolences to a family that taught us all how to love.


JUDY Thomas posted on 1/15/21

My sincere condolences to John's family. John was was a classmate of mine at MHS. I remember him as a happy person with a wonderful smile for everyone. Rest in peace.


Kathy Hankins posted on 1/15/21

I am sorry for your loss. Praying for the family.


Jim Roman Sr & Jr posted on 1/15/21

Sympathies to the family. One of a kind. Hard to think of a bigger fan of sports in general, but especially the Tuscarwas valley. Always had a word of support for all. God Bless.


Greg Curry posted on 1/15/21

Heaven has just gotten the biggest basketball fan I ever had the pleasure of calling Friend. You will be missed and never forgotten, John.


Doug Ress posted on 1/14/21

Prayers for the entire family, he will be missed! Always enjoyed the conversations about family, golf, & basketball. RIP Big John.


JoVohn Morrow posted on 1/14/21

To a man that’s always treated me like own of his own grandchildren, I hope You and my grandfather are having the joyous of times. Thank you for always loving my family and I, you will forever be a part of the Morrow family. Love JoVohn


Rick Lute posted on 1/14/21

Sympathy to the family.


Danielle Zwissler posted on 1/14/21

I am so sorry to see this. God bless you and your family.


Greg n Tammy Dyer posted on 1/14/21

We are so sorry to hear about Mr. Columbo! He was such a dear sweet man !! I will miss our mall chats !! He loved his family dearly! Heard all about basketball and his grandchildren!! He loved you all!! RIP until we meet again?????


Barb You g posted on 1/14/21

To Johns family, He was so proud of all of you and never tired of talking about you to everyone. He was one of the first people to visit me when my husband,who he said was like his brother,passed away. They golfed, walked at the mall,played bocce, and attended hundreds of sporting events together. God bless all of you as you go on without your patriarch. Barb


Marge Locker posted on 1/14/21

This is for John’s family and friends my deepest sympathy for your loss he was a friend of mine for years in fact he was my husband‘s best man I got married prayers for your family John. John Will be missed by all you’re in gods hands now.


Steven Huffman posted on 1/14/21

My condolences to your family from my family John was a wonderful friend and we will miss him


Whendy Thornton posted on 1/14/21

I knew Columbo from the mall, he was a very nice guy always had a smile and kind word. He will be sadly missed. So very sorry for your loss. prayers for peace and comfort.


DENNIS M. HENKE posted on 1/14/21

You made an impact on a lot of Athletes and others LIVES! You'll be missed! i know now that you'll SHAKE DOWN THE THUNDER!!! GO IRISH!!! GO SAINTS!!


John E. Sibila posted on 1/14/21

To a Buddy Golfer, his memories will continue forever in our hearts, was great knowing him ,playing with an talking old times every time we meet. My thoughts and prayers to his family.


Jennie McCulloch posted on 1/14/21

Our deepest sympathy to all from Bill & Jennie (Daughter of Lucy Cramlet) McCulloch.


david felgenhauer posted on 1/14/21

good man.


Frank Leone posted on 1/14/21

to the Columbo ,family you all have my deepest sympathy in this time of grief and sorrow ,your in my deep thoughts and prayers, Frank Leone


Gil Snyder posted on 1/14/21

John's impact on the community remains a wonderful legacy. As an adult, I heard from my dad stories of the boys caddying at UCC. As a youth, of 10, John was then 24 stepping into the catchers box and teaching me to be a better player. As a young teen, we walked hundreds of holes together at the Valley, and in recent years the occasional coffee at the Grind. To the family I suggest that if it weren't for the great times, there would really be no sadness. May you reflect on those times and give you comfort.


robert carrothers posted on 1/14/21

RIP my friend....Fond memories of golfing together and witnessing you hit the long drive. My thoughts and prayers to the family.


Monet N. DiGenova posted on 1/14/21

I’m going to miss uncle John as much as I miss my grandpa Tony DiGenova and (their mom) grandma Lydia Colombo. Uncle john & Aunt Nancy was a big part of my life. I will always cherish every memory I have. Grandpa & Uncle John at the bocci tournaments, dancing at the Italian festivals, singing them good ole songs, taking the long drive with uncle john, dad, & grandpa to eat at that italian restaurant near Illinois. Plus Uncle John walked us around Notre Dame College and gave us a huge tour of it. Always seeing uncle john walking around the mall doing his laps. Making sure to give him hug every time I seen him & talked with him. ???? He’ll be greatly missed & hopefully the family knows I miss them all too!


Randy and Joyce Lincicome Grove City, Ohio posted on 1/14/21

To the Colombo and DiGenova Families, sorry to read of your loss. Your families are in our prayers. Mr. Colombo was always a pleasure to talk to at games when I was recruiting or if I was just going to the game to watch. I have been putting together a Gold Medal Semi-Pro Basketball Tournament Notebook, it was at Maysville High School and it ran from 1957 to 1997. In one section, John is mentioned in the 1964 tournament playing for a team from Strasburg. He made the all-tournament team. John was a proud man, especially proud for his family, but he really enjoyed watching and he took a lot pride in all his relatives who played sports. Tuscarawas County lost a legend and a good man in their county, Rest in Piece, Big John . Randy Lincicome


Tom & Karen Range posted on 1/13/21

We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. I knew John and his family he was a wonderful man. Our prayers to his family. God Bless. Tom & Karen Range. Hillsborough, NC


Richard Moran posted on 1/13/21

It is with deep sadness that I hear this news. John was a good man , wonderful father and friend. He was my friend. Will miss seeing you around at the mall, sporting events and on the streets. Till we meet again!


Rob Mason posted on 1/13/21

Very kind & generous man. Always enjoyed his visits & conversations in our barber shop. He was very proud and truly loved his family. John and his signature flat-top, will be missed. - The guys at The Courthouse Barber Shop


Mark & Vicki Pape posted on 1/13/21

So sorry for your loss Colombo Family. Sending hugs & prayers, he will be missed.


Ed & Gerrie Young posted on 1/13/21

Johnny, Craig & Chris you have our deepest sympathy in the passing of your Dad (John Boy). Yes that's what they called him. John and I have been friends for over 70 years. We started caddying at the Union Country Club at a early age. We were competitor's on the golf course and also team mates playing independent basketball after high school. Enjoyed his friendship all these years. We will miss him. May John Boy rest in peace. Ed and Gerrie


Anna Wise posted on 1/13/21

Sharing in your sorrow.......with love and friendship! Sending hugs and prayers! Mrs. Wise


Kris Moran posted on 1/13/21

Prayers to the Columbo family. John will be missed. He was a great man & one hell of a golfer in his day. May he rest in peace.


Bob Ayers posted on 1/13/21

John and Marina, sorry about the loss of your father.


Brock Moran posted on 1/13/21

So sorry to hear this news. John was a great man. Had many great conversations with him over the years. He will dearly missed. Rest easy “Melons” ?


Cindy Yosick posted on 1/13/21

Our deepest sympathy to the family he was a wonderful and good person just loved talking to him he will be sadly missed. The Frank Yosick Family


Mike Bracone posted on 1/13/21

Rest In Peace John. A long ago friend and to the family! Mike Bracone


Tina McNutt posted on 1/13/21

I’ll miss seeing your smiling face at the mall?RIP John. My deepest condolences to your family, you were a good man.


Tom Festi posted on 1/13/21

My deepest sympathy to the Colombo family. John was such a friendly and kind man. I always enjoyed seeing and having the opportunity to talk with him.


Carolyn Vaughn posted on 1/13/21

To the Family, So very sorry for your loss, always saw John at the mall with all his buddies or walking....Great man... Carolyn Vaughn


Molly Milam posted on 1/13/21

So sorry to hear of John's passing. We loved seeing him at sporting events over the years. He always had a big smile and a big hug, and always greeted us, saying, "Great to see you, cousins!" My mom was a Tolloti, but I really don't know the exact relationship. It doesn't matter, because in our eyes, we were cousins! ?? We will miss him greatly! Karl, Molly (Deems), Gracie & Garrett Milam


Carol A Oboczky posted on 1/13/21

a wonderful man who loved working with children


Joan Swaney posted on 1/13/21

So sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers for your family during this difficult time!


Vic and Judy Stull posted on 1/13/21

Our deepest sympathy to the families. You are in our prayers and prayers. He will be missed by many.


Sheldon DeMattio posted on 1/13/21

Thoughts and prayers for John's family. Always enjoyed running into John on one of his many walks.


Bob and Cindy Mathias posted on 1/13/21

With deepest sympathy to the Colombo family.


Donna Lee posted on 1/13/21

Deepest sympathy to the family, may God comfort and keep through this difficult time. Donna Lee (Fanti) Green & children


Tim and Mary Meiser posted on 1/13/21

Fly High and Rest Easy John! A kind soul you were and will be missed!


Bob and Nancy Tharp posted on 1/13/21

So sorry to hear about your loss. John Craig and Crunch I'm sure he will be truly missed by you guys and the rest of the family.


Jerome Mercer posted on 1/13/21

One of the nicest people I've known in NEW PHILLY, may you rest in peace John. Oz Mercer