Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Courtly Gentleman

Mt. Lebanon lost a good man last week, Dale Colby.  A decade-long municipal commissioner, Dale was a fixture on our local sports scene, which is where I met him a couple of years ago.  My son and his grandson were on the same soccer team and we both cheered from the sidelines, reveling in the future of Mt. Lebanon.  Dale always had a kind word and a twinkle in his eye and, to me, represented the best of our town.  A courtly gentleman, I thought.

When his daughter, Bri, told me last week how much her dad wanted to see the high school renovation completed, it occurred to me that we could name the new center court Colby Court.  When future generations of students asked as to the name, they could be pointed to an exemplar of our community who was always willing to give back to the town he loved.  A teachable moment, for sure.

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