Colin Thomas McGrew
March 28, 1984 – June 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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Colin Thomas McGrew
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
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!
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! ❤✝📖🌈
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!
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 15, 2021
I was as close to Colin as I'm anyone and spent more time texting and talking with him than I do anyone besides my wife and children. I got more from knowing Colin than can be said in words. There was a sense of mischief with him; a feeling that a great story or memory was about to unfold at any moment- whether over a cup of coffee at his house, bourbon in a bar, or a beer on the beach. The fact that he found magic in the mundane would always bring about the most cynical parts of my nature in hours long conversations which seemed to go nowhere, but I always felt better having shared a moment with him.
I will try to show the world the compassion, mercy, and understanding that you exuded, knowing I will fall short of your example.
We will all miss "Uncle Colin" in our house, as every season and every month had a reason to get together. As we said to each other innumerable times, I love you mijo- stay cool.
June 15, 2021
How do I find the words to express how I feel about my Baby Brother... We had such a special childhood together with so many happy memories. We had a secret language and inside jokes that no one else knows about. I got to watch him grow in to such a beautiful adult that meant the world to so many people. He was generous and kind, and always did what he could to put a smile on someone's face. He sent me funny animal videos every day just to make me laugh. He had the best laugh in the whole wide world and such a bright smile. I was looking forward to so many more years of beautiful memories together and may never come to terms with the fact that he's gone. All I can do is feel happy with the knowledge that he knew how much I love him and that I would have done anything for him. I love you so much, Broder and there will always be a hole in my heart without you.
June 15, 2021
Colin was just an incredible person, he was a gift to this earth he was a very caring and wonderful person he was one in a million just a wonderful human being that would help everyone and anyone, I meet him back in 2004 at Mt hood community college he became one of my best friends and gave me alot of advice in my life and my life is better because of him I cannot thank him enough, I feel blessed to have the chance to known him. But my heart is very heavy with the lost of my best buddy . He left this place too soon and left a hole in my soul . I will never forget him and how awesome he was. I will see him again when time comes Im sure we will meet again one day, until then Rest in Peace bro.
June 15, 2021
Colin was a sensitive, generous, and loving young man. He made friends without even trying. It just took a smile and a hello from him to make a person's day. He told me his favorite thing in the world to do was just sit and talk to people. He was handsome, funny, charming and a real chick magnet. He would do anything for anyone but never expected anything back. He was not interested in worldly possesions or money. He just wanted to love life and enjoy every day. How do you say goodbye to your son....I can't. I'll just treasure having had him in my life and know that he's at peace now.
June 15, 2021
Colin, a rare and beautiful human being. In a world where people are trying to fit in... Colin was Colin. Always true to himself, authentic, beautiful, kind, and full of love. He was generous with his heart, his time, and his life.
Colin taught me a great lesson in life, a lesson of love and respect, and I still carry it with me today... and forever.
Some of my favorite memories with Colin were singing karaoke at Voicebox with the GoodData crew. I will miss singing Juicy with you ... "You know very well, Who you are, Don't let 'em hold you down, Reach for the stars..."
My deepest condolences to his family and friends. In these dark times, may you find moments of light and peace.
June 14, 2021
Colin was a friend as well as someone I did business with. He was a good guy, trustworthy, and had a good heart. Never once saw Colin do anything but do the right thing and be kind.
So sorry to his family.