OBITUARY

Colin Thomas McGrew

March 28, 1984June 9, 2021

Colin Thomas McGrew, age 37, of Portland, Oregon passed away on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Colin was born March 28, 1984.

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Julianna and Steven Isaacs

July 25, 2021

We had the opportunity of getting to know Colin when he moved into our neighborhood in 2019.
As our world started to change in 2020, we would see him daily or sometimes multiple times a day walking by.
He would stop by most of the time to see our pugs Leonardo and Ellie. We joked that Ellie was his girlfriend as she was always waiting on the porch for him to walk by. Colin loved the pugs with their smooshed faces. He would say they remind him of a friend’s Persian cat. He didn’t care for them barking though, so we told him he needed to see it from our point of view from their backside when they barked at neighbors passing by.
The story and image of the pugs “Sub-woofer” would make Colin laugh.

On June 8th, it was a beautiful sunny day. That evening Leo and Ellie barked as someone was in front of our house. My husband went to look and said “It’s okay- it’s your buddy Colin”. A ray of sunlight was shining through the trees and he stopped in the perfect spot to enjoy it’s warmth with eyes closed, head back wearing nothing but a pair of gym shorts. A perfect quiet moment that we did not want to disturb. That is our last image and memory of Colin.
We still sit on the porch with the pugs expecting him to walk or stop by.
What a beautiful soul that is truly missed.

Julianna, Steven and Skylar Isaacs

Justin Crow

July 8, 2021

Almost been a month and still don't know what to say. Always loved you like a brother. You were an Angel here on Earth and I know you are happy where your spirit is right now. Love You Brother!

Fred Becker

July 1, 2021

Colin, My Dearest Beloved Friend! We have known each other for 10 long years, 2 years of working together and after that remained such great friends all these years getting together to celebrate our Birthdays and communicating almost every week on Facebook. Even I am old enough to be your father, but we both communicated so well together on what we thought about God, the people of our country, and the peace of mankind that we wanted to see in our country, let alone the world. I am always going to Love You Dearly for the Great Human Being You Were and What You Were Working for in the Peaceful Direction We both Would Have Loved to See for Everyone. God Bless, I Love You, and I Will Miss You Forever! ❤✝📖🌈

Cody Epling

June 30, 2021

If people come into our lives for a reason it’s certainly clear why Colin came into mine. For me he was a rock, with a permeable layer that seeped care. He seemed nonchalant and just always up for a good time, but he couldn’t hide his core. Everyone that knew him understands this. If it weren’t for Colin, I wouldn’t have had fun nights out to look forward to between dialysis sessions or a reason to enjoy life during my most difficult of times.

Countless moments of our adventures in Portland and travels together are in remembrance. One memory that often plays is a time when we went to NYC for work. It was during the brunt of my kidney illness, and as usual pushing myself to not show the struggle gnawing at my energy and strength. We were supposed to attend another event after a trade show. We were very excited, talking about it all day and the weeks prior. Walking to the event Colin recognized the weakness in my steps. and in true Colin form said, “Screw it. Let’s go watch Point Break.” Of course I pushed back saying I’m fine, but he wouldn’t accept it. Instead he took the blame, with claims he wasn’t up for it and just wanted to relax at the hotel. I could tell hundreds of stories where he would put others before his own wants.

It’s still strange to think I won’t receive a call or text from him asking, what’s good brother? It’s like he had a sixth sense to reach out when I was getting in my head about something. Talking it out with him always made the path more clear. He had a way of making others feel they belonged, are valued, and are loved. A rare quality of honest expression that inspired others to return it to him. Colin never saw failures or faults, he just saw everyone as friends.

I always trusted Colin, we talked about anything. One night in Portland he confides in me what he desires most, "To help others." I can say without doubt, Colin achieved that goal with me and I am forever grateful. I will see you again my dear friend, in the life to come.

Bill and Karen Brunson

June 21, 2021

Colin, you were "everything" positive and so much more! Your testimonials are an excellent reflection of all the joy and gifts of self you brought to others. We are devastated. You left us far too soon. Our love and condolences to Uncle Cliff, Lynne, Ivy, Jimmy, Jeff and Christina. We will miss you so much!

Donna Phillips

June 17, 2021

When I think of Colin, two words immediately spring to mind: humility and kindness. The softness of his beautiful, beautiful brown eyes were bested only by the softness of his heart.
Colin, my nephew, a sweet little fawn of a boy gamboling across the grass. Grows into an astoundingly handsome and quietly charming (and disarming!) young man. Matures into a beautiful soul, loving the world, observing its shortcomings with equal parts merriment and wonder.
His love of the moment, his belief in the natural and the good, Colin was a glowing light in my life. I will miss him more than I have words to describe.
At last, I am left with the
final refrain to a song that these days have planted themselves in my brain,
"This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you."

Aaron Smith

June 17, 2021

I honestly don’t know what to say… I’m going to miss you. Still cannot believe your gone. I’ll always love you brother. I hope your soul is at peace.

Mike Hall

June 17, 2021

I can't even express how crushed I am. You were always there for me. ALWAYS. One of my best friends. Best man in my wedding. The kindest, giving, caring soul ever. Always made sure I was OK. My brother from another mother. You will be sorely missed. I love you.

illa guttman

June 17, 2021

Colin was a beautiful human being with a good heart, gorgeous smile, generous, and kind with lot of positive energy.
He was our son’s one of the best friend when he came to visit us he brought with hem a good mood and the sun shined a little bit brighter.
We are going to miss his visits and smiles but hoping he has found his peace.
Heaven has gained an additional angel. May he rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Casey Corrigan

June 16, 2021

Colin was one of our very first hires to our GoodData sales team in Portland. He was very new in sales and in his career and was humble and eager enough to be transparent in the times he was uncertain of his ability to succeed. I'm not sure if he realized it at the time, but his talent was off the charts. Once he got some proper coaching and training he took off like you wouldn't believe, quickly rising to the top. Working with Colin was a real privilege. He was so humble, hard working, receptive to coaching, and just insanely capable and smart. I was always so impressed by him. But what I will always remember most about Colin was his spirit. His way of helping people feel welcome and cared for, his fun attitude and enthusiastic laughter and banter, his hunger to learn and do well, and his joy to be a part of a group of people that cared for each other. I'm grateful to have been a part of that group and to have known Colin during those special years. He was a special soul. I loved him and I will miss him greatly.

FROM THE FAMILY