West Point, 1964
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by Brian Colburn on August 21, 1999:
My father was a perfect example of the best in men. Kind, generous, loving, giving, funny, positive, strong, intelligent, and handsome (he would want me to put that in).
Neville Colburn ("Toby" to all who knew him) was a man who always brought dignity and honor to service of his country. He set a fine example for his fellow soldiers.
I knew him as a great dad. He was a tough taskmaster. He believed that there was no excuse for not putting forth your best effort in everything you do. It was simply not in him to give up- and because of that, he never let his sons quit without giving it everything (and then some!).
Each day, my hope is that I can face the hardships in life with the same drive, determination, sense of humor, and will power as my father did.
The love Toby Colburn showed his family was without equal. He taught me that just because your dad is not there facing you, that even though he might be 5,000 miles away, it was still possible to feel his love, support, and pride.
I miss him. However I try to live up to the example he set. I know that wherever he may be, part of him is still with me and with my family.
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