Thomas Ellsworth Colbert, age 78 of Bay St. Louis, died on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's.

He was born September 20,1940 in Fredericktown, Penn., the son of the late Viola Hamilton and William Colbert, and step-son to the late Betty Colbert, also of Fredericktown.

He moved away as a young man and became a merchant marine, sailing to every major port around the world. He survived being out to sea during "the Perfect Storm", and also survived Hurricane Katrina, being rescued from his rooftop with his dog "Taz" after 3 days.

He married the love of his life, Ellen (Choina) Colbert, and is survived by his three children: Dawn Davis, Richard (Candace) Colbert, and Crystal Colbert; seven granchildren; six great grandchildren; and seven sibilings

His final wishes were to be cremated.

Trinity Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

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