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“La familia Garnier Talavera se une al dolor de la perdida de Felipe Colon y que Dios los colme de mucha paz y salud para toda la familia. Que...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Noemi @Elba Garnier (Yeyi)

“ME uno a el dolor que acompaña en estos momentos dificiles por la partida de nuestro querido Tio Felipe.Simepre mantendre los recuerdos intensos...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Jose E Calderon - Mayaguez

“It was a privilege and honor of meeting and sharing with you, I'll always remember your beautiful smile. Phil my deepest sympathy and condolences to...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: FRIEND - HARTFORD, CT - FRIEND

“It was a privilege and honor of meeting and sharing with you, I'll always remember your beautiful smile. Phil my deepest sympathy and condolences to...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Friend - Hartford, CT

“My thoughts are with the Colon family at this difficult time.Tio Lique will be sadly missed by everyone.May the love of family and friends comfort...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Margarita Chaparro - Southington, CT

“Ana y Familia:Nuestro mas sentido pésame. Que el Padre Celestial les conceda el consuelo y la fortaleza para enfrentar tan sensible pé...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Iván Freytes & Awilda Umpierre

“To my brother, Phill and Fam. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead!! My deepest...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Gaby - Hartford, CT - Friend

“" Y,yo patria que te quiero yo que por ti deliro, que...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: Enrique Calderon @ Eva Garnier

“To th Colon Family: I did not know Mr. Colon, but I went to elementary and high school with Philip, Madelyn and Evelyn at St Joseph Cathedral School...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Christian Burton - Hartford, CT

“As a friend, I had the privilege in sharing some of gatherings with immediate and extended family referred to in the obituary. I remember his...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Stephanie Jones - Branchburg, NJ

“Tio Felipe you will be missed but never forgoten thank you for all the good times and good memories we shared together. I will always Love you Junior ”
11 of 23 | Posted by: Francisco Flores Jr. - Blackwood, NJ

“May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always. ”
12 of 23 | Posted by: American Heart Association

“Our heartfelt sympathies in this, your time of grief. ”
13 of 23 | Posted by: Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home - CT

“Dear Phil and family: Please accept my sincere sympathy. It has been an honor to know Felipe. He was a very kind,...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Edgardo L. Comulada Sr. - CT

“Mi mas sentido pesame para la familia Colon por la perdida de quien fuera el patriarca de la familia el senor Felipe Colon. Me uno al dolor que...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Luis E. Lopez - Windsor, CT

“My memories of God Father/Uncle Felipe are memories that to this day help guide the choices I made in my life. I will always remember him as a man...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Edwin Maldonado - Middletown, DE

“It was with great sadness to learn of Tio Liki's passing. He will always be in our hearts and memories. Please know that his family is in our...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Gracia Colon, Myrna Sherman, Brandie Pino - OH

“Our deepest condolences, our thoughts are with the entire Colon family. ”
18 of 23 | Posted by: Israel Cruz - Santa Fe, NM

“My deepest sympathy to all of you during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
19 of 23 | Posted by: Charlan Corlies - West Hartford, CT

“Our prayers are with you, may the love of family and friends comfort you all at this sad time. ”
20 of 23 | Posted by: Adolfo & Margarita Carrero - CT

“Wonderful grandfather. Loving, caring and an amazing carpenter! :) (always working on something new when i would visit) His light will forever shine...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Jessie Colon - Granby, CT

“Uncle Phil had a nature you could not help loving and he had a heart that was purer than gold. And to those who knew him and loved him knew that to...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Herminia Flores Mckenna - PA

“He was a beautiful person,very friendly and caring. I enjoyed a day on my vacation with him and Tia Anna in Puerto Rico, good memories. May you...Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: Irma Arroyo - Philadelphia, PA

Felipe Colon Caban, 81, of West Hartford, passed away peacefully, in the arms of his family, on February 9, 2012.

He was born on May 1, 1930 in Anasco, Puerto Rico. His mother was Basilia Caban Aviles de Soto Mayor and his father Jose Colon Velasquez, whose family immigrated to PR from Galicia, Spain. Felipe leaves his wife of 60 years, Ana Colon Garnier, originally of Mayaguez, PR, his three children, Evelyn, Philip and Madelyn, his grandchildren, Madelyn Gaines, Philip Colon III, Gary Gaines, Jacob Pawlowski, Simone Gaines, Camila Pawlowski, Jessie Colon and his great- granddaughter Ciara Colon. Felipe had six brothers and three sisters. His brother, Sammy Colon of North Carolina, and his sisters Gracia Colon of Moca, Puerto Rico and Gloria Valentin of Texas, survive him.

Felipe came to the United States in the late 1940's to work on an apple farm in New Jersey, lived briefly New York City, before settling in Hartford in 1948. He worked as a butcher at the Hartford Provision Company for 40 years, retiring in 1992. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local #677. In retirement, he greatly enjoyed many gatherings with his immediate and extended family and his trips with Ana to their home in Puerto Rico, where he tended to his garden filled with avocados, pineapples and mangos. He was a consummate gentleman who will always be remembered for his beautiful smile, his good humor, his graciousness, keen intellect, and his unique ability to meet the challenges of any home improvement project.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, 136 South Main Street, West Hartford on Sunday, February 12, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 13, 2012, 10 a.m. at the Church of Saint Brigid, 1088 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford, followed by burial at Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. The Colon Family extends their sincere thanks to all of Felipe's doctors and the health care professionals at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, Hartford Hospital, Masonicare in Wallingford, and, especially to the Masonicare Hospice Team who gave him such excellent and compassionate Hospice support. Memorial Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, for continued support for diagnosis and management of Cardiac Amyloidosis, c/o The Cardiac Amyloidosis Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital, 116 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, 02116. For directions and online condolences, please visit