Diana Colgate

Obituary of Diana F. Colgate

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COLGATE, DIANA FORMAN- Diana Forman Colgate passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family on May 26, 2024. Born on February 23, 1939 to Lawrence Carter Forman and Millicent Ruth Bickford, Diana grew up in Greenwich, CT and spent her summers on the Muskoka Lakes in Ontario, Canada. She was educated at Greenwich Country Day School, Ethel Walker School, and Briarcliff College. After college, Diana was a secretary to (then) Governor Nelson Rockefeller of New York. She worked on the Reagan (1980) campaign, Lehrman for Governor of New York (1982) and the presidential campaign of Bush '41. Diana was a Northwell Health trustee since 1990 and a long standing member of the Glen Cove Hospital Advisory Board. She was a former member of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Board. Her happiest times were spent on the water, traveling with her husband and teaching her grandchildren how to waterski. She was famous for her dock starts to avoid getting her hair wet and a fond memory was waterskiing from Greenwich, CT to Long Island. Diana is survived by her beloved husband of nearly 60 years, John K. Colgate, Jr. She was the cherished mother of three sons, Lawrence Gardiner Creel (Dana Fentress) of New York City, James Randall Creel IV (Marco Scarani) of Paris, France, and John Kirtland Colgate III (Katherine Charlston) of Sun Valley, ID. Stepmother of Lisa Colgate Scully, Hilary Colgate McInerney, and Adrienne Colgate Jones. Adored grandmother of 14. The family wishes to thank the Glen Cove Hospital for their excellent care of Diana over the past few years. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Glen Cove Hospital would be greatly appreciated. Burial will be private.
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