John Colgan

March 30, 1923
July 7, 2004

In Memory of John Colgan







Louis `John` Colgan, 81, passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2004 at a local hospital. He was born in Jackman March 30, 1923, the son of the late Larry and Mariah Colgan. He was active in baseball during his younger years. The culmination was his induction into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. He joined the Army in 1940, serving in the South Pacific, and was a Pearl Harbor survivor.

His activities included assisting in the formulation of the Northern Timber Cruisers Snowmobile Club. John was also manager of Hillcrest Golf Course for a number of years. He retired in 1979 as the safety supervisor, Woodlands Division, from Georgia Pacific.

John was an avid snowmobiler and was the Trail Master for the Northern Timber Cruisers Snowmobile Club for many years. He firmly believed in grooming the snowmbile trails that it must be done at night when the temperature are cold to assure maximum firmness of the snow. This practice is still be performed today. ITS 86 East from the Northern Timber Cruisers Clubhouse was dedicated to John Colgan recognition of his efforts to enhance snowmobiling in the Katahdin Region. "Colgan" as he was sometimes referred to, had a knack for driving on a wheel bearing with a 3 or a 5 pound sledge hammer. Not always successful with this practice, "Colgan" always managed to get things done.


John is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Jackie Colgan of Millinocket; two daughters, Cheryl and her husband Scott Ramsay of South Gardiner, Ellen and her husband Mike Minotty of Sebastian, FL; three step sons, Jay Hayden of Del Rio, TX, Jon Hayden of Pleasanton, TX, Ronald McCarthy of Pleasanton, TX; one step-daughter, Jan Ricks of Pleasanton, TX; four grandchildren, Kris and Kerry Ramsay, Kelsea Minotty, and Jenna Hamilton; five step grandchildren, Lewellyn and Keith Hayden, Lee IV and Sarah Ricks, and Scott Hayden. He was predeceased by his siblings. Contributions in John`s memory may be made to the Katahdin Area Support Group, 10 Field St, Millinocket, ME 04462 or the Hillcrest Golf Club Scholarship Fund, PO Box 739, Millinocket, ME 04462.

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