John Laurence Blethen Coluni
  • 46 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 2, 1966
  • Place of birth:
    Rochester, New York, United States
  • Date of passing: Apr 10, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Grosse Pointe, Michigan, United States
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. - Thomas Campbell

John Coluni died on April 10, 2013 and our hearts ache with sadness.  We will miss everything about his passing - that big smile that lit up the room, his infectious laugh and his caring presence.  This site was set up by his sisters, Bobbi and Maribeth, to be an online memorial to John.  Please use the tabs above for more information about John's life and share your memories through the tribute option below.

Thanks to everyone who attended the celebration of life service on 4/20 at the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Universalist Church.  It was healing for our family to hear so many stories about John and feel how much he was loved.

We have established a Coluni Memorial Educational fund for John's son, Dominic.  If you would like to donate, click here.  Alternatively, if you do not want to use online payment, you can write a check to:  MI 529 Advisor Plan.  Send to Coluni Memorial Educational fund, 1200 Brooks St, Ann Arbor, MI  48103.


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by John Blethen on 22nd June 2013

"I have no idea how we are related but we must.  Sorry that he was taken so early but sounds like he was well loved and lived a full and happy life."

This tribute was added by Pat Walker on 3rd May 2013

"John, I met you when we both worked for TransForce.. You always made me smile with your positive attitude about any and all challenges Tom put in your path.  Your smile is beautiful to my mind. God Bless you & hold you in his loving arms for all eternity."

This tribute was added by KA Aguilar on 3rd May 2013

"Thy will be done seems hard to say When one we loved has left us. Some day, perhaps, we'll understand."

This tribute was added by Mike Sanders on 19th April 2013

"John, when you pledged SAE @ WMU.I thought to myself , who is this stocky little guy like me?  Infectious smile, happy go lucky,a little mischievous. You,Steve Dara, Rob Bingham ~ "Three Amigos" You guys lit up the room. As older brothers you might have looked up to us. What you probably didn't know is, we looked up to you. Phi Alpha."

This tribute was added by Rich Davies on 18th April 2013

"I met John when we both we trying to get back on our feet selling insurance. We quickly became good friends, God Bless John and his family. He will be missed, I am sorry I do not live in Michigan anymore to go to his memorial. He was a true friend even thouh we only knew each other a short time. I will always remember our freindship."

This tribute was added by Marcia August on 18th April 2013

"John was his Grandma Fran's little Cookie Monster.  I can still see her clapping her hands and scolding as she discovered him stretched over the loft at camp to reach the cookie tin hidden on top of the refrigerator.  She secretly took great pride in his impishness."

This tribute was added by Sherie Tuttle on 18th April 2013

"Wow!  It's hard to believe you're gone.  I'm grateful to have worked with you at Tandem and TransForce, but more importantly, I'm glad I could call you Friend.  We sure had some incredible times -- white water rafting, bowling tournament, picnics, happy hour and beyond -- to name a few.  I will never forget you -- Thanks for the memories Friend!"

This tribute was added by Fred Marsicano on 18th April 2013

You were such a good caring person.  I am fortunate to have known and worked with you.  You will be missed.  God Bless you and rest in peace my friend.
You were your fatther's pride and joy. Love your father's memory for he loved you above anyone else!"

This tribute was added by Nancy E Blethen on 17th April 2013

"My favorite memory of John is at Sebec Lake, Maine at the Blethen, now Coluni camp. John must have been about 12 and my son, Chris, about 11. They were swimming with our dog, Sasha. They would run down the hill and onto the dock and sometimes jump in. Or sometimes not. Sasha was only fooled a few times. I;ll never forget how hard they laughed and how much fun they had. Aunt Nancy"

This tribute was added by Karyl Morris Eckerle on 17th April 2013

"John moved in across the street when we were freshman and we had an absolute blast.  He quickly became a best friend and confidant.  I look back on those years with such fond memories...great times, a lot of laughter and a little bit of trouble.  There was always a smile and a twinkle in his eye. My heart goes out to his son and his family."

This tribute was added by Tom Olsen on 17th April 2013

"Thanks JC for making me a better person, you and I have worked together over the last 16 years and i am truly blessed for that time we shared. We sold and made deals that no one else thought was possible, and everytime i said it would not fly you always said ( BULL). I will miss you my friend but you will be with me in my heart each and every day !!"

This tribute was added by Mary Banka on 17th April 2013

"Our family watched John grow through high school and college as his next door neighbors. Witnessed some "great gatherings" and helped him clean several up ahead of Val and Jenny! What a loss of such a wonderful human being. He will always be in our memories."

This tribute was added by Holly Fujishige on 17th April 2013

"John was one of our best volunteers at Solid Ground - a homeless shelter in Roseville. He always offered to help whenever he could and did whatever job needed to be done. He was so disappointed when we had to close, but he remained involved by helping residents move to other sites. Sometimes he would bring Dominic along and they were quite a pair."

This tribute was added by Steve Dara on 17th April 2013

"Johnny boy you were one of a kind and will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Jean Leonard on 16th April 2013

"We met John & Dominic 2 years ago during Little League season.  Our son played baseball with Dominic on the Hot Rods.  John was so great with all the kids!  He always had positive things to say, and a great sense of humor.  We were so sad to hear of his passing.  He will be missed by so many, but never forgotten.  Our prayers are with Dominic and John's family."

This tribute was added by Annemarie Rogers on 16th April 2013

"John always had something kind to say or a compliment for one of my kids. My heart is breaking that I won't be seeing his friendly face as our children grow up. I will certainly miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with Dominic and John's family during this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Nancy S. Blethen on 16th April 2013

"John's smile and laughter lit up the room and we always looked forward to seeing him at family gatherings.  Our kids loved John because he was the big kid in the crowd always joking and laughing.  He will be sorely missed, but his energy and spirit will remain as good memories in our hearts."

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