William Colonna Jr.


Mr. William Tyler Colonna Jr., 83, of Onancock, passed away on April 10, 2024.

He was born on Jan. 21, 1941, in Nassawadox, to the late William Tyler Colonna Sr. and the late Mabel Blackwell Colonna. William was a retired Ford mechanic. He could fix anything to get you back riding, from motorcycles, dirt bikes, and ATVs, to trucks, cars, and farm equipment.

His hobbies included repairing clocks and watches. He enjoyed cruising on his motorcycle and loved playing his guitar and playing musical instruments with his friends. He was a history buff and enjoyed visiting friends. William enjoyed watching Raiders football, baseball, oldies but goodies movies, and listening to music. He was a man of knowledge to no end and he knew no stranger.

William is survived by his brother, Gregory Keith Colonna (Lucy), of Centertown, Ky.; nieces, Dawn S. Justis, Deanna S. Custis (Richie), Gloria Jean Colonna, and Kelly C. Charif; nephew, David Ira Smith Jr.; along with several great- and great-great nieces and nephews. He was known as “UNC,” being the best uncle anyone could ever have.

William was also predeceased by his two daughters, Kellie Dawn Colonna and Angela Lee Colonna; mother of his daughters, Ernestine Parker; siblings, Connie Colonna Smith and Dale Parks Colonna; and a niece, Davida Marie Colonna.

A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, April 16, at 2 p.m. at Belle Haven Cemetery with the Rev. Bob Smoot and David Farlow officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741, or Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk, VA 23507.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.doughtyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements were made by Doughty Funeral Home in Exmore.

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