Louis B. Colby

March 14, 1921July 10, 2011

Mr. Louis B. Colby, 90, of Newburyport, died Sunday in the Country Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Newburyport after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of the late V. Marie (Butt) Colby with whom he shared 69 years of marriage. Louie was born in Newburyport, son of the late John P. and Florence (Fuller) Colby. He was a lifelong resident of Newburyport and was a graduate of Newburyport High School Class of 1938. He was a WW II Army veteran and held the rank of Private First Class and was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon and was a member of the Pigeon Section of the US Army Signal Corps. Louis worked as a salesman for Standard Brands for 46 years until his retirement in 1986. He also worked for Donahue Brothers in Methuen. Lou was a dog fancier, he was a world renowned breeder of the American Pit Bull Terrier and of game chickens. The Colby family has been breeding Pit Bull Terriers in Newburyport for over 100 years. Louie’s true devotion was his family and friends. He could often be seen driving a team of horses on a hay ride through Maudsley State Park, milking cows and racing his homing pigeons. He had a special talent for telling stories and sharing his life experiences. He also enjoyed driving his standard bred race horses. He was awarded Dog Man of the year in 2000 by the ADBA. He was the father to William A. Colby and his wife Lisa of Newburyport, John R. Colby and his wife Cindy of Duncanville, TX, Bruce A. Colby of Newburyport, Marjorie Colby Sullivan of Hamilton, Janice C. Morse and her husband Charles of Berwick, ME, Peter L. Colby of Seabrook, NH, Paul F. Colby and his wife Ann of Newburyport and Scott P. Colby and his wife Heather of Amesbury. He was the cherished grandfather of his 15 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Louis B. Colby, Jr., father in law of the late Phil L. Sullivan, Jr., brother of the late John Colby, Joseph Colby, Alexander “Mike” Colby, Jackman “Dick” Colby, Marjorie Fuller and Helen Scott. Lou’s Funeral Service will be in the Old South Church, 29 Federal St., Newburyport on Thursday at 10:30 AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will be in Sawyer Hill Burial Ground, Newburyport. The family has asked for donations to be made in Lou’s name to the Endangered Breeds Association, c/o Joan Morrison, Rt. 1, Box 71, Gore, Oklahoma, 74435.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 14, 2011

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Peter Bernier

January 30, 2012

R.I.P. Lou I hope your one of the gate keepers of the rainbow bridge now. I always looked forward to talking to you and listening to your stories at the Topsfield A.D.B.A show. Thanks for your contribution to A.P.B.T. -Peter Bernier

M Nielsen

November 26, 2011

RIP Mr. Colby,

It is a great loss to the world. Your knowledge on Pits is unsurpassed. As I proud owner of a 39lb female Colby dog, that came straight from you, I believe you lived the most rewarding life ever, being around these animals every day.
I know there is a space for you in Valhalla.

I hope the breeding will continue, so the world can enjoy Colby dogs for another 100 years.

I hope to pick up another one next summer.

The Viking

Joe Wertzberger

October 4, 2011

My condolences to the enitre Colby family. I had the honor of meeting Mr. Colby several years ago, when we made an addition to our family. Mr. Colby initially denied my request to purchase one of his dogs, until we sent pictures of our family with our APBT, who happened to be dressed in a tutu, and another with her in our bed sleeping, like she was just one of the kids. Once he saw our dog was truly a part of our family he granted my request to purchase one of his dogs. It was a true honor to meet him, and have one of his APBT's in our home. We lost our sweet luckie last year. They are once again reunited.

Nathan Heatley

September 10, 2011

RIP, Mr colby. I only knew you through your book and the writings of others.Such a loss to APBT world...

Ann Hayes

August 9, 2011

May I offer my heartfelt condolences. I knew Mr Colby only through correspondence, he was a Gentleman and a great friend to the APBT.

Ann Hayes, Zarzuella Books

Judy Shapiro

August 3, 2011

Our deepest condolences to the entire Colby family. Over the years my family and I had the privilege of having many good conversations and always enjoyed our visits at your home. You taught us so much about the American Pit Bull. We are so proud to be owners of Colby dogs.
You were a great man who will never be forgotten. The Colby legacy will live on forever.
Rest in Peace Mr. Colby

Judy Shapiro and Family

M Jean

July 30, 2011

RIP, Mr Colby. I never knew you, but have heard wonderful things about your love of and your devotion to the line of dogs your family has preserved and improved upon.

Lindsay Dugan

July 28, 2011

RIP Mr. Colby. Your contribution to the APBT will never be forgotten. Live on in spirit through the many great dogs that have passed through your hands.

Jayna Champion

July 28, 2011

RIP Lou.. I wish I had taken the opportunity I had to meet you a couple years ago. Thanks for all you did for the breed in your life.

Emi Potter

July 24, 2011

RIP Mr. Colby, thank you for all the work you have done for APBT, and the dignity that you gave to the breed.

My thoughts an prayers go out to the Colby family, and to his friends.