Shane Thatcher Colby - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Shane Thatcher Colby

Shane Thatcher Colby, age 21, of Newark, DE, passed away unexpectedly in a car accident on Friday, October 17, 2014.

Born in Newark, Delaware on March 14, 1993, Shane was a son of Craig W. Colby and Nanci A. Prisco Colby.

He was an inspiring young man who was a graduate of Saint Mark’s High School (2011) and Newark Charter School (2007). He dedicated many hours as a team member at COSI.

Like his dad, Shane was a former wrestler and ranked second in his weight class when he wrestled at Saint Mark’s. He was well known for his incredible passion for exotic reptiles, amphibians, coral, and aquatic creatures and loved taking expeditions to the shore to search for interesting sea life. He spent countless hours researching information that allowed him to create the perfect ecosystems for his pets. His sense of humor and adventurous spirit allowed him to develop many friendships. From a very young age, Shane had an unusual entrepreneurial spirit, and developed several creative business ventures such as a gum ball vending business and a pet breeding and re-sale business. He had just aced his commercial real estate exam and had plans to start a business with his brother, Tyler. When he wasn’t caring for his pets or working, Shane could often be found at the gym lifting weights. His dog Ote was often at his side or hidden in his hoodie, he loved her as his daughter. His beautiful blue eyes and passionate spirit will be remembered always.

Shane was preceded in death by his grandmother, Sara Charlotte Colby.

He is survived by his parents, Nanci A. Colby of Newark, DE and Craig W. Colby of Landenberg, PA; his stepmother, Krista; brothers Tyler and Dylan; his sister, Emma; maternal grandparents, Lynn and Mike Prisco of Brick, NJ;  paternal grandfather, William L. Colby of Southampton, NJ; aunts and uncles Michael and Janette Colby of Southampton, NJ, Marc Prisco of Brick, NJ, Tony and Dina Prisco of Holmdel, NJ, and Robert and Cathleen Gouveia of Tiburon, CA, as well as many cousins. Shane also left behind his countless pets, including his beloved dog, Ote.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 pm until 7 pm on Thursday evening, October 23, 2014 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE. A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Friday morning, October 24, 2014, at the Life Community Church, 750 Otts Chapel Rd, Newark, DE. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rainforest Foundation, 180 Varick Street, Suite 528, New York, NY 10014 or by visiting


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18 Condolences for Shane Thatcher Colby

  • We love you Nanci and are so incredibly sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts constantly. We are praying for strength and peace. Huge hugs from all

  • Craig and Family;

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences

    “I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.”

    Author – Leo Buscaglia

  • RIP Shane. Cosi will miss your smile.

  • Craig & Krista, there are no words to comfort you at this time, but take solace in knowing what a great dad & step mom you were to Shane. Our hearts are sad for you.

    We love you. Tonie & Jimmy, Johnny & Lisa, Nuch & Dee & Maggie

  • Our deepest prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    Our condolences to the whole family.

  • I’m so sorry for your lost Nanci. My thoughts and deepest prayers are with you and your family on such a hurting time. May the cherished memories left behind and the love and care of your family and friends bring you comfort in your sorrow.

  • Craig and Krista: I’m so sorry for your lost. I can’t begin to imagine the pain in your heart, and I hope that the cherished memories left behind comfort you in your sorrow.

  • Dear Colby Family,
    I am deeply sorry for your loss. I can remember Shane as a 3, almost 4 year old. He was in my preschool class at Great Expectations, GE2. I can still picture him; his bright eyes, big smile and greatest laugh!!! May your memories of him bring peace to your family. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Shelly (Stecher) Carpenter

  • Your son was a remarkable young man. I will be thinking of you and your family.

    Diana Metzger

  • I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. There was a rainbow yesterday with blue that matched Shane’s eyes. Rest in peace Shane!

  • I don’t really know what to do or say, other than to let you know that we’re thinking of you and stand ready to comfort you in any way we can.

  • Our deepest sympathy to you, Nanci, Craig, Tyler, and Dylan and extended family members.
    We watched Shane grow from a small toddler to a caring and determined young man to become
    a successful adult. Nanci, we are only a phone call or a short walk across the street anytime
    you need someone. I am so glad that his whole family got to see him grow into such a
    wonderful person. Rest in Peace, Shane

  • Nanci, our hearts are so heavy for you. Hopefully, time and faith in God’s plan will comfort you and the boys. Nothing will ever fill the void left by Shane. He’s definitely in the company of angels. We love you and are here for you. XXOO you

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time,

    With love,
    Don and Kathy (Prisco) Henn

  • Too young…so tragic…so difficult for all…sending you love.

  • Craig and family…… our deepest condolences for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

    Kevin Kruse

  • I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I did not know your loved one personally, but I do know the pain of losing a loved one in death. It is my hope that you may find comfort from family and friends, and from “the God of all comfort” who can provide us with peace during such difficult times. – 2 Corinthians 1:3

  • Dear Nanci,

    I’m so sad for you and your family. Nanci, your constant example of loving life and caring for others helped create and define an accomplished and talented young man. What a beautiful and telling tribute you shared in Shane’s obituary. He was raised well and his Mom should be very proud. Shane was remarkable because you, Nanci, are remarkable.

    May the constant love of friends and family soften your sadness, may the cherished memories bring you moments of comfort, and may lasting peace surround your heart.

    All my best,
    Steve Judy