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Colin Campbell Townsend

Also Known As: "Smokey"
Birthplace: Hamlin, Monroe, NY, United States
Death: April 26, 1983 (72)
Rochester, Monroe, NY, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Edwin W. Townsend and Flora (Nesbitt) Townsend
Husband of Florence L. (Shippy) Townsend
Father of Private User; Private User; Private User; Pamela Ann (Townsend) Slawinowski; Janice Elizabeth (Townsend) Shea and 1 other
Brother of Raymond E. Townsend; George Townsend; Marquerite (Townsend) Francis; James Allen Townsend; Irene Townsend and 3 others

Occupation: Typographer/Supervisor
Managed by: Private User
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About Colin Campbell Townsend

Dad loved the game of baseball and was a very good Fastpitch player back in the '30's and early '40's. Over the years, dad and I, or dad and Ed, and sometimes the three of us enjoyed watching Red Wing ballgames at Silver Stadium; mom even tagged along a few times. His nickname "Smokey" came from his days as a volunteer fireman in the village of Brockport; he was known, on occasion, to climb to the top of the ladder on the company's  fire-engine and balance himself on his stomach, at the ladder's top rung. Dad did this to entertain, but relayed to me that he often scared the living hell out of himself, with this trick.
Later in life, dad loved playing golf with mom, friends, and family; mom and he joined the Brockport country club (later  moving over to Pinewood) where they played fairly often, usually nine holes. I was lucky to have played a number of times with them, at Pinewood. Dad always scored better than I did, but, I was able to pick up a few tips which helped me to improve as time went on. I once sliced a ball so badly that I hit mom in the shin, cutting open her leg; no need to say that that round ended quickly. A few stitches and mom soon recovered, courageously asking me if I would like to join her and dad for other rounds. After that incident, dad was always sure to remind mom to stay behind me, when I was hitting.    

Above all, the most precious joy in dad's life was his family; nothing mattered more to him. Aside from our family get togethers, especially during the holidays, and our family reunions, some of dad's most cherished moments were those when mom and he took us kids to the (Adirondack) mountains on camping trips. Often we were joined by mom and dad's friends, and their children, but these family trips were meant for us, the children. I remember we started out the first few years with tents, but later dad bought a pop-up camper and, finally, we were able to find and afford cabin sites in Inlet New York. 

We enjoyed camping for a few years, but mom and dad knew that we (the kids) especially liked visiting Lake George and Old Forge. I'll never forget the year, while camping at Fish Creek, near Tupper Lake, when we were confronted with Hurricane Diane. MORE TO COME -authored by son, cole. -

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Colin Campbell Townsend's Timeline

December 9, 1910
Hamlin, Monroe, NY, United States
- 1943
Age 22
Brockport, NY, United States
- 1943
Age 24
Brockport, NY, United States
- 1946
Age 32
Buffalo, NY, United States
- 1972
Age 35
Rochester, NY, United States