Richard Joseph Colgate

August 7, 1987July 29, 2018

COLUMBIA - Richard Joseph “RJ” Colgate, son of Anne Imperato Colgate and Richard Norris Colgate, died unexpectedly Sunday, July 29, 2018, after a short illness. He was thirty years old. Before age eighteen RJ was a cross-country runner, honor student, cadet, artist, author, poet, actor, singer, pianist, and all things creative. His adult years were about as difficult as they come – struggling with mental illness and caring for his mother during her slow decline. However, he maintained a strong interest in music of all kinds, Japanese anime, cooking, hiking, and good coffee. RJ loved his family and his dogs. Surviving RJ are his father; stepmother Jennifer Colgate; half-sister, Amanda Colgate (Ryan Beadle); grandmother, Edice Colgate; aunts, Susan Colgate and Carol Colgate (Robert Price); four cousins; and one niece. The family expresses appreciation to RJ’s counselor, his neighbors, and all those who helped him through the hard years. Services will be held Saturday, August 4, 2018, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, Columbia, at 6:00 p.m., with visitation beginning one hour earlier at 5:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to NAMI. May he rest in peace. Memories may be shared at


  • Visitation Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 4, 2018

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Gail Gieseking

August 3, 2018

We remember RJ from t-ball and Little League! What a bundle of energy he was.
Condolences and sympathies from Pete Williams and Gail Gieseking, formerly of Atherm Remodelers.
Didn't realize we lost Anne, too, whom I got to know during that time all those years ago.