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Robert Dana Colin
Age: 49
Occupation: Marine Insurance Adjuster for the Insurance Brokerage
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Originally from: Bridgeville, Pa
Resided in: West Babylon
School: Chartiers High School
College: Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy

Robert Dana Colin

A Lengthy Marriage And a Loyal Career

November 12, 2001

Robert Colin of West Babylon had seen the name of the company he worked for change twice since he began working there 27 years ago, his wife, Maryann, said.

"First it was called Great Eastern Associates, then Alexander and Alexander, and finally Aon," his wife said. She said he never thought about switching companies because "he liked the work a lot."

Robert Colin, 49, was a marine insurance adjuster for the insurance brokerage. The night before the attack, Colin went to bed as usual, but he was due to arrive early at work the next day to conduct a conference call on Sept. 11. He left for work at 6 a.m., his wife said. She never heard from him again.

Colin was born in Bridgeville, Pa., and graduated from Chartiers High School there in 1970. He met his wife in Bridgeville, where the two were neighbors. "We started dating right away," Maryann said. The couple dated through high school and college, and would have celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary on Nov. 30.

He came to New York in 1970 to attend the Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in marine transportation in 1974.

Robert Colin spent much of his spare time being an artist, his wife said. "He did a little bit of everything." Although he enjoyed to paint abstract works, he dabbled in black- and-white drawings, and model buildings, his wife said. "He was always very creative," she said.

Now, the most important thing to Maryann is making sure their sons - Brian, 21, and Jeffrey, 18 - don't fall off track with their education. "We're trying to keep the kids in school, and keep them going," she said. "Naturally, it's been hard." She said that although things have been surreal since Sept. 11, she will not relent in her stressing the value of education. "We always stressed education with our kids," she said.

-- Nick Iyer (Newsday)

Submitted by: Jay Dooling (Friend)

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Dana was family to my stepmother. Although I never knew him personally, I grieve for his loss with my stepmother and her family.

On this two-year anniversary, I remember his loss and pray for the families who've lost as well.

God bless.
-- Janet E. Gray (Friend {Step family})
11 Sep 2003

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