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David Charles Colli

Plainfield, Connecticut

October 6, 1960 - July 2, 2024

David Charles Colli Obituary

David C. Colli, 63, of Moosup, Connecticut, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at home on July 2, 2024 after a courageous battle with bile duct cancer. David is survived by his parents Charles and Vivian Colli. He is also survived by his daughter Samantha McCann (Murphy), son Timothy Colli (Kaylee and daughter Melanie), sister Susan Lamoureux (Tom), and brother Bob Colli (Lisa).


David was devoted to volunteering for his community. He was a life member of the Atwood Hose Fire Company in Wauregan, Connecticut gaining the rank of Deputy Chief throughout his 46 years of active duty service. He was also very committed to his church, including singing in the church’s folk group.


David graduated from Plainfield High School in 1978. After high school, he enrolled at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. He joined the Air Force ROTC program and the Norwich University Fire Brigade, serving as their Chief for two years. As a member of the Fire Brigade, he earned the Air Force ROTC Silver Valor Award, Commendation Award from the Vermont State Firefighters’ Association, and Distinguished Service Award from the Connecticut State Firefighters Association, which all acknowledge his acts of heroism, bravery, and leadership for two separate fires. David graduated from Norwich University in 1982 with honors.


After college, David served in the Air Force for four years, achieving the rank of Captain. He then worked for several years at Field Industries in Wauregan, Connecticut, reaching a management position while helping to open a new plant in New Hampshire. After the business was sold, David started working second shift in the call center for COX Communications; 29 years later David finished his career as the Vice President of Field Operations.


David was known for his infectious smile, which will be deeply missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him. He will be remembered for his compassionate leadership and integrity. But the legacy David held most dear was the love and pride that he had for his children, which knew no bounds and profoundly shaped their lives and his own.


On July 6, 2024, David’s family knew he was smiling from heaven when they lovingly welcomed his first grandchild, David Miles Colli, born to Timothy and Kaylee. 


Relatives and friends are invited to visit with David's family from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, July 26, 2024, in the Dougherty Brothers Funeral Home, 595 Norwich Rd, Plainfield, CT.A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday, July 27, 2024, at 10:00 AM in St. James Church, 12 Franklin St, Danielson, CT. Burial to follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Cemetery Rd, Wauregan, CT. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in David’s name may be made to the Atwood Hose Fire Company, P.O. Box 14 Wauregan, CT 06387. For a memorial guestbook visit www.DoughertyBrosFuneralHome.com.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of David Charles Colli hosted by Dougherty Brothers Funeral Home.

David C. Colli, 63, of Moosup, Connecticut, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at home on July 2, 2024 after a courageous battle with bile duct cancer. David is survived by his parents Charles and Vivian Colli. He is also survived by his daughter Samantha McCann (Murphy), son Timothy Colli (Kaylee and daughter Melanie), sister Susan Lamoureux (Tom), and brother Bob Colli (Lisa).


David was devoted to volunteering for his community. He was a life member of the Atwood Hose Fire Company in Wauregan, Connecticut gaining the rank of Deputy Chief throughout his 46 years of active duty service. He was also very committed to his church, including singing in the church’s folk group.


David graduated from Plainfield High School in 1978. After high school, he enrolled at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. He joined the Air Force ROTC program and the Norwich University Fire Brigade, serving as their Chief for two years. As a member of the Fire Brigade, he earned the Air Force ROTC Silver Valor Award, Commendation Award from the Vermont State Firefighters’ Association, and Distinguished Service Award from the Connecticut State Firefighters Association, which all acknowledge his acts of heroism, bravery, and leadership for two separate fires. David graduated from Norwich University in 1982 with honors.


After college, David served in the Air Force for four years, achieving the rank of Captain. He then worked for several years at Field Industries in Wauregan, Connecticut, reaching a management position while helping to open a new plant in New Hampshire. After the business was sold, David started working second shift in the call center for COX Communications; 29 years later David finished his career as the Vice President of Field Operations.


David was known for his infectious smile, which will be deeply missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him. He will be remembered for his compassionate leadership and integrity. But the legacy David held most dear was the love and pride that he had for his children, which knew no bounds and profoundly shaped their lives and his own.


On July 6, 2024, David’s family knew he was smiling from heaven when they lovingly welcomed his first grandchild, David Miles Colli, born to Timothy and Kaylee. 


Relatives and friends are invited to visit with David's family from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, July 26, 2024, in the Dougherty Brothers Funeral Home, 595 Norwich Rd, Plainfield, CT.A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday, July 27, 2024, at 10:00 AM in St. James Church, 12 Franklin St, Danielson, CT. Burial to follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Cemetery Rd, Wauregan, CT. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in David’s name may be made to the Atwood Hose Fire Company, P.O. Box 14 Wauregan, CT 06387. For a memorial guestbook visit www.DoughertyBrosFuneralHome.com.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of David Charles Colli hosted by Dougherty Brothers Funeral Home.

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