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Walter B. Cooke Funeral Home

352 East 87Th Street, New York, NY

OBITUARY

Colin Charles Petch Jr.

May 22, 1955September 27, 2019

Colin Charles Petch, Jr., a loyal friend and devoted father, passed away on September 27, 2019, at the age of 64. Born on May 22, 1955, in New York City to Colin Charles Petch Sr. and Emma Carpenter. He attended St. Jean the Baptiste Elementary School, graduated from Rhodes Preparatory School in 1973 and continued his education at NYU, University Without Walls, where he majored in Behavioral Psychology. It was at NYU when he was researching the concept of light and behavior, for a thesis, that his interest in theatre began. Good-bye psychology. Hello theatre. As a member of IATSE Local 1, he has worked and toured Broadway shows, Industrials, and Television. His last position was as Head Electrician at MSNBC at NBC. During his early years on Broadway, he worked during the day as a Surgical Technician at Mt. Sinai Hospital, NYC and Vassar Brothers, Poughkeepsie, NY.

He loved travelling, sailing, and English horseback riding. At a young age he competed in show jumping and considered training to be on the US Olympic Junior team but friends were more interesting than horses by the age of sixteen. Colin was always there for his friends and colleagues as a defender and someone to lean on but his daughter Emily was his heartbeat. Every sentence started or ended with “Emily”.

He is survived by his beloved 10 year-old daughter Emily, Lynne Lloyd, Roxanne Baisas, Selfy Purnama. He is remembered and missed by countless friends from IATSE Local 1, Q300, LICSB, his MSNBC family.

Visitation from 2:00 to 9:00 PM on Sunday October 6, 2019, at the Walter B Cooke Funeral Home, 352 E 87th St, NYC. Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 AM Monday October 7, 2019 at St. Jean Baptiste RCC, Lexington Ave at E 76th St, NYC, followed by an 11:00 AM Mass of the Resurrection.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, October 6, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, October 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 7, 2019

Memories

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Dina Santillo-Ortiz

October 8, 2019

Anytime I would work with or run in to Colin at MSNBC, he would always be happy to talk to me... especially about Emily. I have a daughter the same age so we used to talk about our daughters having the same interests and many funny stories of parenting . His face would beam when talking about Emily. My heart aches for her just knowing that her daddy won’t be there physically anymore... but having those memories of his unconditional love should bring everlasting comfort in her heart.
He was a good man. He will be missed.

Jennifer Pietrofere

October 6, 2019

I worked with Colin at WCBS and NBC. He was always a friendly face in the halls, and quick to say hey. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Allen and Johnna Neugent

October 5, 2019

Colin will be so greatly missed. He was a kind soul and a talented, hard working, dedicated coworker! He was always easy going and quick to smile and bring calm over the most difficult situations. We will miss him. He is gone from our lives too soon! Our hearts go out to his sweet daughter who brought him so much joy! Our heartfelt condolences!

Victoria Sanders

October 5, 2019

I remember Colin from NYU’s Drama department. He was such a wonderful guy, a friend, and a professional. We recently reconnected and it is with great sadness that I learn of his passing. To his daughter, please know your father touched everyone who had the honor of knowing him.

Victoria Sanders

James Carroll

October 4, 2019

I can only say that I knew I'd have a laugh if I walked in to work at WCBS and Colin was there. He brought his bride-to-be in to sit with him on weekends. How he loved his wife and daughter! Always showing pictures, Shari g stories of Love & Pride. He made me calm in tense times, happy on sad days, and made me feel loved. That is a rarity in any field, no less do in broadcast tv.
I regret not finding a way to visit since I retired a year ago, but he did wish me well on my June birthday.
I know this is not much of a story, but his story is about his spirit, which lives on on my heart and in the heart of all he touched.
Thank you Colin, I loved knowing you.

Larry Colby

October 2, 2019

Very sorry to hear this. Met Colin in the early 80s, Keene Summer Theater. Drove a big old box truck from Keene to Missouri, helping professor Mike Keller in his move.

He was a kind, out there guy and it was almost always a joy to know Colin.

Juan Luis Jaramillo

October 2, 2019

It is often said that life's value is measured by the impact one has on others.

To Emily, Colin was larger than life.  He was her rock, her fierce protector, and her loving Daddy.

And even when his health was failing, Colin remained the doting father.  All while consistently and dependably volunteering in his community, and while working long hours.

Active in the PTA at Emily's school, Colin not only lent his voice toward policy objectives, he also streamlined the technical aspects of school performances.  And, his lightning for ballet performances was creative and first rate.

Colin's technical expertise went far beyond volunteering.  Before lightning MSNBC's news studios, he lit the stages of the Great White Way.  And before that, Colin lit the performance stages of other greats, including The Rolling Stones and Dianna Ross.

But to him, those accomplishments were secondary.  In fact, Colin once confided to me that his raison d'étre was Emily.

Rest easy, Colin.  You succeeded.  Not only in lighting Emily's face every single time she saw you, but also in helping to enlighten her mind.

Godspeed, my friend.  We will all pick up where you left off.

Dieter Riesle

October 1, 2019

Colin was a kind, gentle and generous man. 
Every Saturday morning, Colin brought his daughter Emily to LICSB. That's when our paths crossed. He always did her hair and made sure she was on time and ready for her ballet class. He was so very dedicated and loving with her! 
A few times, we spoke briefly and he talked about working at Lincoln Center. A real pro, Colin designed beautiful stage lighting for the LICSB's performances making the dancers look graceful and elegant.
R.I. P., Colin! So sorry he had to leave us so soon! I wished you could have stayed longer.

Eric Ragan

October 1, 2019

From the very first time Colin showed up with Emily at the ballet school I new we would be friends! His easy fun manner with people and his shiny love for Emily burst out of him. We would stand in the hall talk and watch the kids take class and make jokes. Right away he offered to volunteer to run lights for our shows. Most people just say they want to help but Colin was not that. He started right in he would text and plan, ask questions. He was all in from the start. I really loved that about him. All this was before Emily could be in our shows. He would ask us about ballet educate and tell Emily everything we said. Amy and I would have to run him out of the office to get any work done. He would come in and just tell us an off color joke then go peak into Emily’s class and beam. Not only would he take off work to light the shows he would drag others from nbc to run spots and help out. He was first to buy food for the crew are to give advice to young people that wanted to work in theater. We fell into a kind of artistic short hand. I could simply tell him a look for a scene and he was off and running. He used to sidle up next to me and tell me I was the brother he never had but the opposite was true he was the brother, friend, confidant, I never had. It is very hard for me to ask for help I always want to do things on my own. He never made me ask he was just there ready to help. I love you Colin thanks for everything you did for me and I promise to look out for Emily

Victor Hernandez

September 30, 2019

Colin was an amazing person, a great individual to talk to, someone who I looked up to especially when it came to the theater lighting and knowing the back end of things. He was an inspiration to us all, especially when it came to the back ends of shows. When we used to talk one-on-one, he would always give me advice about the places where I will travel and what to expect. He would always compare his life lessons to prepare me for mine he was an excellent friend and awesome Ally. R.I.P Colin

FROM THE FAMILY