Colin Galbraith Caldwell

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Colin Galbraith Caldwell

July 19, 1951 - December 21, 2020

Suddenly at his Cobourg home. Much loved son of the late John Daly Caldwell and late Janet Galbraith (Woodruff) Caldwell. A scholar and a gifted linguist (MA in Classics, University of Toronto), Colin travelled widely, teaching English and becoming fluent in Mandarin, German, French, Latin and both classical and modern Greek. Colin spent years in the book trade; he worked at Toronto’s The Book Cellar and later owned his own book store in Hamilton, ON. In Cobourg Colin began a new career working with Don and Carol Owen at The Oasis Bar & Grill, and through this found a new home and a new family of friends. He also had time to pursue other passions. Colin wrote a tour guide for Cobourg. In 2002, his history The Cobourg Peterborough Railway was serialized in the Cobourg Daily Star. He volunteered with restoration of the old barracks in Cobourg, now the Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre, and wrote text for their display panels. At his death he was translating poems from Latin. He was known and loved for his endless supply of stories, told with wry wit and vivid wording. He loved showing off Cobourg’s homes, churches, harbour, railway lines, Christmas lights and, of course, the Oasis. Colin’s easy laugh, general good cheer and trademark black beret (memento of years in Switzerland) made him a well known Cobourg figure. Colin was married twice, to Billie Hatton and Elizabeth Leamy; both marriages ended before he moved to Cobourg. He will be missed by his many colleagues and friends. He is survived by his loving brothers Warren and Dr. Paul Caldwell, and by his nieces Jennifer, Lucy and Nina Caldwell, Amy Allen (nee Caldwell), nephew James Caldwell, grand nieces Quinn and Everly Needham, Renee and Claire Allen, Adelaide and Matilda Caldwell and grand nephew Grant Caldwell.

A celebration of life will be planned in the future. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre, a local charity where his niece Lucy works.

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Rainer Vallance - January 6, 2021

I'm so very fortunate to have known Colin over some 20 years. This era is rich in it's own right and much more so, for his presence. "Cobourg Rocks". Thank you Colin, you are an inspiration for a Life time. My condolences to the Caldwell family and to all of Colin's friends. "Rainier".

Kate and Paul Beck-Brady - January 5, 2021

Deeply saddened, friends of Colin ( and Eric), fellow patrons of "The Old Oasis". With fond memories, Kate and Paul Beck-Brady

Art and Nancy Delgarno - January 4, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre

Lisa McCracken - January 3, 2021

So sorry to hear Dr Caldwell of your brothers passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. 🙏🙏

Patricia - January 2, 2021

Dear Paul and family members, please accept Horizons of Friendship sincere condolences on the loss of your brother.

Murray Weppler - January 2, 2021

A gentleman and a scholar.

John and Joan Livingston - January 1, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre

John and Joan Livingston - January 1, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre

RUTH PERKINS - January 1, 2021

My condolences on the loss of your brother - a difficult time.

Val Waldron - January 1, 2021

My sympathies and prayers are with you all at this time! Thinking of you. Val

Keith Oliver - December 31, 2020

Met Colin through the Cobourg Museum Foundation's Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre and the heritage tours of the downtown. A unique personality that few will forget. Never hesitated to express his views, agree or disagree with others, but always honestly, sometimes with humor, but never with insult or condescension. Will be missed.

Peter and Wendy Southward - December 31, 2020

Our sincere condolences go out to the Caldwell family. Colin was a very good friend. Lively and inspiring, he definitely enriched our lives. We hope he joins Ian Wright and Eric Haworth again to discuss the great issues!

Louise Rusk - December 31, 2020

Dr.P.Caldwell and family; Condolences on the loss of your brother/uncle. Hugs and hopefully 2021 will bring a less stressful year.

Charles Coon - December 31, 2020

Always affable,he never flaunted his knowledge of languages and in latter years,he could be found on the street coming from or to the public library, books in hand. I shall never forget Colin and feel blessed knowing him.I offer condolences to his brothers and family.

Bill and Nicole Stirling - December 31, 2020

So sorry for you loss. Condolences to all the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Myrna Jackson Brown - December 30, 2020

My husband and Colin loved to talk history in the Oasis. He came to our Thanksgiving celebrations and we loved to see him. My sympathy on your loss.

Susan Giddings - December 30, 2020

Dr. Caldwell and family. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your brother, uncle. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time. Susan Giddings.

Ross Calberry and Betty - December 30, 2020

Dr. Paul our thoughts are with you and family at this time sincerely

mike wilson - December 30, 2020


Brian and Caroline McNamara - December 30, 2020

Colin was such an interesting, multi-faceted, meticulous and kind person. We loved our interactions with him and he always had amusing and detailed stories to share. He was a real gem and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with the family.

Lorrie Krebs - December 30, 2020

Colin was always the first to say hello when you would meet him A very cheerful person Will miss running into him down town and at the Oasis RIP colin You and Ian Wright can have a nip together Cheers

Tom Leighton - December 29, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre

Rhonda - December 29, 2020

Colin, you've touched so many lives in our little town. I'm going to miss your sense of humour and great wit. I'll be there to raise a glass as well to you, in the place I knew you best. My condolences to your family.

Bruce - December 29, 2020

It was truly a pleasure to know you Colin, everything felt just right when you were there. A brilliant man and a caring soul. I will miss our chance meetings on the street and conversations that ensued. You were a treasure my friend. Peace to you and condolences to your family. ❤️

Don Owen - December 29, 2020

Colin and I dated girls who were best friends and lived next door to each other back in Port Credit in the early 70’s. I guess fate brought us back together so many years later. It was an amazing discovery and one we often laughed about. We will miss those stories and laughs.

Jackie Giffin - December 29, 2020

Life’s true blessings... “Friendships” I will miss your welcoming smile Colin and concern for all life's obstacles and your great acceptance of what will be will be!!! ❤️ A true Gentleman 🍻

Geoff and Judy Garden - December 29, 2020

Colin had the kind of cheerful and open demeanor I think we would all love to carry through the world with us. He was always quick to engage with a smile and a friendly hello whether you met him on the street in Cobourg or on a visit to the Oasis. His knowledge of the classics was epic and you always got the impression that, as a humble person, he was hiding significant light under a bushel. When the world allows us to do it once again we will visit the oasis, have a drink and toast him as, in our memories we see him on his stool at the end of the bar.

Jane Whaley - December 29, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Troy Howard - December 29, 2020

Colin always loved hearing Rob Page sing his version of working man blues. It’s comforting to know now that he will be able to request that song up in Rock n Roll heaven from the original.

Carol Ann Heffernan - December 29, 2020

Dr. Caldwell & family, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your your brother, uncle. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Sincerely, Tom & CarolAnn Heffernan

Brian Ferris and Laurie Wichman - December 29, 2020

Colin had "character" in abundance; we will miss him. God speed, friend....

Elizabeth McCaughey - December 29, 2020

Colin will be missed. Always friendly and helpful and as you say, a real character. So sorry for your loss. Liz and Dean

Joe Ryan - December 29, 2020

An understatement to say that Colin will be missed.... A great story teller, he and I shared many a joke and story. It was lovely to go into a local pub and meet a truly interesting character. I remember the Robbie Burns nights at the Oasis when he and good friend Ian Wright paid me the honour of making me an honorary Scot - but just for one night. I'll truly miss, "Joe, I've got a new one for you...." I'll raise a pint of Wellington to you, Colin, some day soon... ...Joe.