In memory of
Richard Allan Kolb
In memory of
Richard Allan Kolb
Richard Allan Kolb Richard Allan Kolb, the loving husband of Mary (Brown) Kolb, passed away peacefully on Nov. 4, 2020, at the F. F. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua after a short illness. Rich was fully alert and conversant until two days before his passing at age 92 and proud that he was able to vote in the recent presidential election. He was predeceased in 2001 by his wife, Mary of Canandaigua; daughter in 2006, Robin Van Norman of Marston Mills, Mass.; and son-in-law in 2020, Russell Van Norman also of Marston Mills. Rich leaves his loving sister, Dolores K. Hopkins of Pittsford; and special cousin, Audrey Bernhard of Rochester. He is survived by his devoted daughter, Diane Beth Seward and son-in-law James Seward of Canandaigua; and son, David Allan Kolb MD and daughter-in-law Karen Kolb of Edgartown, Mass. He left a large grand- and great grand-family: grandson, Noah Kolb MD and granddaughter-in-law, Amanda Kolb MD; great-granddaughters, Madeline and Isabelle Kolb, all of Charlotte, Vt.; grandson, Jonah Kolb; granddaughter-in-law, Maureen Collins Kolb; and great-grandchildren, Pierce and Maude Kolb, all of Clinton, Ill.; grandson, Seth Van Norman of Eugene, Ore.; and grandson, Shea Van Norman of Marston Mills, Mass. Richard was born on July 15, 1928, in Rochester, the first of two children of Eugene E. Kolb and Sylvia S. (Bloom) Kolb. In his youth, Rich worked many jobs, including paper routes, grocery stores, delis, shoveling and finally with a lithograph company. He attended East High School of Rochester (1946) where he competed on the swim team, was a flag guard and was proficient at the electric Hawaiian guitar. At age 12 during World War II, he worked as a blackout monitor, carrying a gas mask and being sure all neighborhood lights were out during air raid drills. He attended Heidelberg College of Ohio (1950) working all four years in the dining hall for room and board and then attended graduate school at Ohio University. He had pursued premedical studies, but was unable to attend medical school due to financial constraints. At college, he met the woman who would be his wife of 49 years; they married October 15, 1952, at St Paul's Episcopal Church in Conneaut, Ohio. When the Korean War broke out, Richard enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to1954, with boot camp in Newport, R.I., hospital corps school in Portsmouth, Va., psychiatric training at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital, psychiatric corpsman service on the USS Kent and finally shore duty at the naval base in Portsmouth, Va. He received many military commendations, including National Defense Services Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal (Europe). Officer L. B. Kent said of him, "he has exemplary energy, judgement, and initiative in the performance of duties and a high degree of astuteness in the field of medicine." He was offered a naval commission but declined it to pursue peacetime civilian life. He then worked briefly as a research technician at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Richard and Mary lived initially in Rochester and then moved to Canandaigua where they raised three children and were active in tennis and cross country skiing. Born to a Jewish mother and Catholic father, Rich was a member of St John's Episcopal Church from 1967 to 2007 and served in various positions including deacon and minister's assistant. A strong believer in the importance of education, he served on the school board of Canandaigua for 10 years and eventually became its president. Progressive in his younger years, Richard organized doctors, ministers and parents to offer the first health/sex education course in the community for junior high school students. Richard worked for the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company (now Pfizer) as a field representative in sales and retired in 1987 after 32 years. He received many sales awards and declined multiple promotions, preferring to remain in the field, being at home with his family and dealing directly with doctors and pharmacists. In retirement, he taught himself boating and enjoyed a small motorboat. Wishing to keep busy after an active career, he held many different part-time jobs, including travel agency assistant, grocery packer and McDonald's first shift worker. He then spent 10 years as crew on a tour boat on Canandaigua Lake. Richard's real second career started, however, when he enrolled in the Stephen's ministry and then became a chaplain volunteer at F. F. Thompson hospital in 2007. Rounds at the hospital for Richard, even when in his 90s, started at the surgical care center at 4 a.m. to offer prayers to hospital outpatient surgical staff and patients of all denominations. His volunteer service of 10,000 hours was formally celebrated in recent years. Rich will be remembered by the community for his public service to others throughout his life and by his heirs for his love of family, attention to detail, hard work and perseverance. Mr. Kolb's final arrangements are by the Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home Inc. He will be interred at Woodlawn Cemetery, Canandaigua, N.Y., at a later date. Rich's last beloved workplace was at the hospital. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations noting "in memory of Richard Kolb" and send to F. F. Thompson Foundation, 350 Parrish St. Ext., Canandaigua, NY 14424. Condolences may be offered at www.johnsonkennedy.com .
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Richard Allan Kolb
Richard Allan Kolb Richard Allan Kolb, the loving husband of Mary (Brown) Kolb, passed away peacefully on Nov. 4, 2020, at the F. F. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua after a short illness. Rich was fully alert and conversant until two days before his passing at age 92 and proud that he was able to vote in the recent presidential election. He was predeceased in 2001 by his wife, Mary of Canandaigua; daughter in 2006, Robin Van Norman of Marston Mills, Mass.; and son-in-law in 2020, Russell Van Norman also of Marston Mills. Rich leaves his loving sister, Dolores K. Hopkins of Pittsford; and special cousin, Audrey Bernhard of Rochester. He is survived by his devoted daughter, Diane Beth Seward and son-in-law James Seward of Canandaigua; and son, David Allan Kolb MD and daughter-in-law Karen Kolb of Edgartown, Mass. He left a large grand- and great grand-family: grandson, Noah Kolb MD and granddaughter-in-law, Amanda Kolb MD; great-granddaughters, Madeline and Isabelle Kolb, all of Charlotte, Vt.; grandson, Jonah Kolb; granddaughter-in-law, Maureen Collins Kolb; and great-grandchildren, Pierce and Maude Kolb, all of Clinton, Ill.; grandson, Seth Van Norman of Eugene, Ore.; and grandson, Shea Van Norman of Marston Mills, Mass. Richard was born on July 15, 1928, in Rochester, the first of two children of Eugene E. Kolb and Sylvia S. (Bloom) Kolb. In his youth, Rich worked many jobs, including paper routes, grocery stores, delis, shoveling and finally with a lithograph company. He attended East High School of Rochester (1946) where he competed on the swim team, was a flag guard and was proficient at the electric Hawaiian guitar. At age 12 during World War II, he worked as a blackout monitor, carrying a gas mask and being sure all neighborhood lights were out during air raid drills. He attended Heidelberg College of Ohio (1950) working all four years in the dining hall for room and board and then attended graduate school at Ohio University. He had pursued premedical studies, but was unable to attend medical school due to financial constraints. At college, he met the woman who would be his wife of 49 years; they married October 15, 1952, at St Paul's Episcopal Church in Conneaut, Ohio. When the Korean War broke out, Richard enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to1954, with boot camp in Newport, R.I., hospital corps school in Portsmouth, Va., psychiatric training at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital, psychiatric corpsman service on the USS Kent and finally shore duty at the naval base in Portsmouth, Va. He received many military commendations, including National Defense Services Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal (Europe). Officer L. B. Kent said of him, "he has exemplary energy, judgement, and initiative in the performance of duties and a high degree of astuteness in the field of medicine." He was offered a naval commission but declined it to pursue peacetime civilian life. He then worked briefly as a research technician at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Richard and Mary lived initially in Rochester and then moved to Canandaigua where they raised three children and were active in tennis and cross country skiing. Born to a Jewish mother and Catholic father, Rich was a member of St John's Episcopal Church from 1967 to 2007 and served in various positions including deacon and minister's assistant. A strong believer in the importance of education, he served on the school board of Canandaigua for 10 years and eventually became its president. Progressive in his younger years, Richard organized doctors, ministers and parents to offer the first health/sex education course in the community for junior high school students. Richard worked for the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company (now Pfizer) as a field representative in sales and retired in 1987 after 32 years. He received many sales awards and declined multiple promotions, preferring to remain in the field, being at home with his family and dealing directly with doctors and pharmacists. In retirement, he taught himself boating and enjoyed a small motorboat. Wishing to keep busy after an active career, he held many different part-time jobs, including travel agency assistant, grocery packer and McDonald's first shift worker. He then spent 10 years as crew on a tour boat on Canandaigua Lake. Richard's real second career started, however, when he enrolled in the Stephen's ministry and then became a chaplain volunteer at F. F. Thompson hospital in 2007. Rounds at the hospital for Richard, even when in his 90s, started at the surgical care center at 4 a.m. to offer prayers to hospital outpatient surgical staff and patients of all denominations. His volunteer service of 10,000 hours was formally celebrated in recent years. Rich will be remembered by the community for his public service to others throughout his life and by his heirs for his love of family, attention to detail, hard work and perseverance. Mr. Kolb's final arrangements are by the Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home Inc. He will be interred at Woodlawn Cemetery, Canandaigua, N.Y., at a later date. Rich's last beloved workplace was at the hospital. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations noting "in memory of Richard Kolb" and send to F. F. Thompson Foundation, 350 Parrish St. Ext., Canandaigua, NY 14424. Condolences may be offered at www.johnsonkennedy.com .
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