Alfred Louis Colby, age 87, of Buford, passed away Thursday evening, February 21, 2008. Al was born in Boston, MA on May 29, 1920 and was raised in Rochester, NH, where he graduated from High School. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1942 and served in Panama during WWII. He was assigned to Battalion A, Battery 346 of Antiaircraft Search Light Battalion. Al was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 1945. He met and married Naomi “Ski” Maier from Atlanta in 1946. They remained faithfully married for 61 years. Al moved to Atlanta in 1948 and attended Georgia State University. He began his career in the transportation industry in 1950 and worked in sales until he retired in 1985 as a District Sales Manager for Ryder Truck Lines. Al was a devoted family man who had many hobbies and interests. He loved fly-fishing, gardening, cooking, reading, and all forms of music. His love of music was gained from his father, a professional musician. Al played all wind and keyboard instruments. Al's nature was that of a nurturer and his many interests were passed down to his daughter, son, and grandson. Al is survived by his wife, Naomi “Ski” Colby, his daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Cecil Cooke, of Atlanta, GA; son, Marc Colby, of Cumming, GA; and his grandson, Taylor Louise Cooke, of Austin, TX. A memorial service will be 11 A.M. Monday, February 25 at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary and St . Martha of Bethany, in Buford with Rev. Timothy Watts officiating. Inurnment with full military honors will be 11 A.M. Tuesday, February 26 in Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, GA. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to The Episcopal Church of St. Mary and St. Martha of Bethany, 3805 Braselton Highway, Buford, Georgia 30519, 770-271-4067. The family will receive friends Sunday, February 24 from 2 to 4 P.M. at Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345. Please sign the online guest registry at