Colin Ho, 88, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, passed away in the presence of his family on July 29, 2022.
Colin was born in China on April 5, 1934, son to Hung Sau Ho and Fung Sim. After World War II, he settled in Hong Kong, along with his mother and brother. He attended the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He then pursued graduate school in Manitoba, Canada. It only took one winter for him to realize that he did not enjoy the cold and snow, and transferred to Kansas State University, where he graduated with a Master of Architecture in 1966.
After obtaining his degree, he moved to New York, where he was introduced to a nursing student, Roberta Ligh, from Bronx, NY. After three years of courting, they married in 1969 and eventually moved to Massapequa, NY, where they raised their two daughters. While living on Long Island, Colin, traveled into New York City, where he worked as an Architect for thirty-eight years at Schuman, Lichtenstein, Claman, Efron (SLCE) Architects. Many of the buildings that dot the NYC skyline were designed by him. A few of the skyscrapers that he was most proud of are the first New York IMAX Theater at Lincoln Square, the Ronald McDonald House at 405 East 73rd Street, The Grand Millenium on 1965 Broadway, and The Metropolitan at 181 East 90th and Third Avenue.
Colin enjoyed soccer, bowling, cooking, classical music, travel, and was also a top-notch ping pong player. In his later years after he and Roberta became empty nesters, their travel included cruises where he would surprise many unsuspecting players with his ping pong skills, only to be crowned the cruise champion. However, above all else, what he truly loved was being with family. Most weekends, you would find Colin in the kitchen cooking Chinese food, always ready to serve family and friends. One of his greatest joys was cooking with his grandkids and passing down the family recipes, so they can be enjoyed by the future generations. He was a quiet and extremely generous soul, who asked for very little and always put everyone else above himself. While he was a man of few words, his presence and heart loomed large, and he was fiercely loyal to those he loved.
Colin was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma in 2004 and while we were so lucky to have him with us for so much longer than many expected, it was still not long enough for his beloved family. He is survived by his devoted wife, Roberta, his two loving daughters and their spouses, Melissa and Eric Mahoney of Sudbury, MA and Melinda and Michael Marshall of Hollis, NH, five grandchildren that he simply adored, Emma, Max, Matthew, Mason, and Jillian, and many nieces and nephews that always lit up his life. Colin also leaves behind his brother Gordon and his wife, Brenda, and is predeceased by his sister, Nancy Tam.
Family and friends will honor and remember Colin’s life by gathering for visiting hours in the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln Street in Framingham, on Tuesday, August 9th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., with a time of remembrance from 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Interment will be private.