John Frederick Colvin, 74, known to those who knew and loved him as Rick or Ricky passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones shortly after being diagnosed with cancer.
He was born at Sibley Memorial Hospital on March 31, 1946, in Washington, DC a son of the late John W. Colvin and Nellie Francis (Manuel) Colvin.
He spent his early years growing up in Warrenton, Va. He played the saxophone enjoyed sports and had a love for cool cars. Although he spent many years in the D.C. area, he couldn’t deny his love for the country life. After marrying his first wife, Ann (Swisher) Wolfe on September 25, 1966 whom he had his two children with, he moved first to Romney, WV where he owned and operated two flower shops, then to Kingwood, where he worked for his longtime friend Chris Rose at Kingwood Floral. He then married his second wife of 30 years on June 2, 1990 and began working for who would become his dear friend, John Baltas of Morgantown Florist, where he retired in 2014 after 48 years in the in the floral industry.
Rick was a simple man. He loved all animals, enjoyed golf, fishing, playing cards, jeopardy, the Statler Brothers, and a good milkshake. In recent years he spent quite time at home with his wife, treasured visit to his children, beach trips and playing poker with his buddies.
He is survived by his step-mother, Emily R. Colvin, sister, Diane and husband, Roy Wood, wife, Joann (Spiker) Colvin, mother of their children, Ann (Swisher) Wolfe, son, Chris Colvin and wife, Laura; daughter, Angie Palombi and husband, Geno; grandchildren, Ginger, Eric, Will, Andrea, Sophia and Lilly. In-laws, Roseann, Linda, Ricky, Randy and Ruth.
A special thank you to all who sent messages, stopped by, prayed or help in his last moments. It was a beautiful tribute to a dear man.
There will be no service as his wish was to donate to WVU Human Gift Registry, a cause dear to his heart.
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