Resolution J4103-2013

Mourning the death of Paul Colby, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community



  • Mar 25, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Mar 19, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning the death of Paul Colby, distinguished
citizen and devoted member of his community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body  to  pay  tribute  to
citizens  of  the  State  of  New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Paul Colby, the longtime owner of  Greenwich  Village's  folk
music  club The Bitter End, died on February 13, 2014, at the age of 96;
  WHEREAS, Born in Philadelphia on October 4, 1917, Paul Colby  and  his
family  moved to the Lower East Side of Manhattan when he was five years
old; he studied textile production in high  school  and  served  in  the
United States Army where he worked as a shipping clerk; and
  WHEREAS, Paul Colby distinguished himself in his profession and by his
sincere  dedication  and  substantial contribution to the welfare of his
community; and
  WHEREAS, Paul Colby entered the music business when he was hired by  a
publishing  company  to  deliver  sheet  music; he worked his way up the
ranks to music promoter,  and  was  often  used  by  Frank  Sinatra  for
personal errands; and
  WHEREAS,  After  struggling  in the music industry, Paul Colby began a
business making furniture, which  he  continued  for  ten  years  before
deciding  he  wanted to be a part of the rising music scene in Greenwich
Village; and
  WHEREAS, Paul Colby purchased The Bitter End, located at 147  Bleecker
Street  near  LaGuardia Place, in 1974 after spending nearly a decade as
the manager and booking agent; it is New York  City's  oldest  rock  and
roll club; and
  WHEREAS,  Paul Colby has touched the hearts of countless musicians and
patrons and helped to launch many great careers in  the  music  industry
some  of  which  include  Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, James
Taylor, and countless others; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, he showcased such comedians  as  Billy  Crystal,
Bill  Cosby,  and Ray Romano, and was instrumental in the development of
the venue as a cornerstone of the Greenwich Village community; and
  WHEREAS, Paul Colby's commitment to  excellence,  and  his  spirit  of
humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, including charita-
ble and civic endeavors; and
  WHEREAS,  Among  numerous awards and accolades, Paul Colby was honored
in 2013 by the Civic Association Friends  of  LaGuardia  Place  for  his
contributions to the community; and
  WHEREAS,  Paul  Colby  is survived by his wife, Pamela Ann Wilson, and
his brother, Morty; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to pay proper  trib-
ute  to individuals of great character whose lives exemplify the highest
ideals of humanity; and
  WHEREAS, Armed with a  humanistic  spirit,  imbued  with  a  sense  of
compassion, and comforted by a loving family, Paul Colby leaves behind a
legacy  which  will long endure the passage of time and will remain as a
comforting memory to all he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
mourn  the death of Paul Colby, distinguished citizen and devoted member
of his community; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Paul Colby.


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