Erik Colon

Died: September 3, 2017
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Our beloved Erik M. Colon, 36, died at Albany Medical Center on September 3, 2017 after an extended illness. He is predeceased by his father, Hector M. Colon, aunt, Gladys Colon, and aunt and uncle Mimi and Louie Del Valle. Erik is survived by his wife, Ivy, daughter, Adrienne Colon, mother, Milagros Colon, and brothers Andy and Joey Colon. He is also survived by his nephews Alex and Aiden and nieces Avianna and Janihyah, along with several cousins, uncles, aunts and many devoted family friends. Erik’s passion for his family, his students and the university community will continue to live on through his impact. He loved being involved in community service projects, traveling, technology gadgets, jigsaw puzzles and dancing. His affiliations included Academic Counselor, Educational Opportunity Program at Binghamton University and served as Parliamentarian for the Faculty and Staff of Color Association. A member of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), National Academic Advisors Association (NACADA), served as the NACADA New York state representative for Region 1 and as registration co-chair for its Regional Conference.
The family will receive friends at Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott Thursday, September 14th from 5-9 pm with a service at 7 pm. Expressions of sympathy in his memory can be made to his daughter’s college fund. Donations can be mailed to the Colon Family at 331 Arthur Avenue Johnson City, NY 13790.

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Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Allen Memorial Home


511-513 East Main Street
Endicott, NY 13760


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September 14, 2017
Since moving to Binghamton in 1990, I have never been treated by anyone like I was by Erik. He had a way of making you feel like he knew you for a long time. He made you feel important even if he just met you. And he was there for anybody who needed anything. We will all miss you very much. Thank you for being in my life.
Died: September 3, 2017

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Tom Langhorne posted on 9/18/17

Ivy, Adrienne and all of Erik's family, I was terribly saddened to learn of Erik's passing. I know this was a shock for you all since he was so young. I greatly admired Erik, having worked with him for several years when he was in Harpur Advising. We didn't have as frequent contact when he moved to EOP, but it was still a shock to learn that he was as sick as he was. My thoughts are with you as you work through this troubled time.


Wan Deng posted on 9/14/17

My most sincere condolences to the Colon family and friends. Erik has been a mentor to me and a good friend. He has helped me tremendously throughout the years and I would not be where I am today without him. He will be missed.


Daryl Santos posted on 9/14/17

Dear Ivy, Adrienne, and the Colon family, Please accept my sincere apologies in that I may not make today's service. I was able to attend the vigil and in addition to hearing the many wonderful stories about Erik from the heart-felt testimonials, I was happy to see you (Ivy) muster the strength and make it to that event. Along with many others, I'm really going to miss him at the Brothers Lunch sessions that we started here on campus last year and continuing into this year, I'm going to miss his dedication to the students and to the Faculty and Staff of Color Association, and, like all of us, I'm going to miss his smile and incessant upbeat attitude. Sincerely, Daryl Santos


Sheila Simon posted on 9/14/17

Ivy, I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Erik. I am unable to be at the service in Endicott but please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and in my heart each and every day. With much love and my deepest sympathies, Sheila


Beth Polzin posted on 9/14/17

My deepest condolences to Erik's family and to all who are mourning him. Erik was a dedicated advocate for his students and a caring advisor who made a difference in so many lives. He was a wonderful person and will be dearly missed.


Roxanne & John Mestre posted on 9/14/17

Celebrating the life of a good man and mourning his passing with you. Erik touched so many lives with his positive attitude towards life. I’m grateful I had the chance to know him as both a colleague and a cherished friend. Praying that you’ll find comfort in your memories of him and in the knowledge that others are missing him, too. To Ivy, Adrienne, Millie, Andy, & Joey and all of the friends & community he considered family, our sincerest condolences.


Barb Zwick posted on 9/14/17

My heart goes out to all of his family, students and colleagues. A wonderful person will be missed.


Anissa Robinson posted on 9/13/17

Praysers are with the family. God bless!!! Anissa Robinson


Steve & Linda GArner posted on 9/13/17

So sorry for your loss Ivy. You had time with Erik, so that is better than never knowing him. May your memories carry you through this sorrow.


Shaniqua (Barton) Page-Allan posted on 9/12/17

Would like to extend my deepest condolences to the Colon family. I went to high school with Erik and have nothing but fond memories of him and him always smiling. May he Rest In Peace.


Patchani Patabadi posted on 9/12/17

Rest In Peace, Erick. My prayers and thoughts are with your family! I didn't get the chance to know you personally, but from what I have read, you were such a kind heart. Why do good people have to leave this world so soon? May God be our protection.


Gloria Rivers posted on 9/12/17

Sending my Heart felt condolences to Millie, Ivy, Adrienne, Joey, & Andy. May God's comfort surround you during and after. May prayer will be with you. Sleep in Heavenly Peace Erik. ⚘⚘⚘⚘⚘⚘⚘


shannon weed posted on 9/12/17

rest peacefully erik


Shannon Weed posted on 9/12/17

Such very VERY sad news. Please know that i send hugs positive energy and support. I will be thinking of you all-please contact me if i can be of any help to you. Shannon Weed


Jiajun Zou posted on 9/12/17

Erik was my professor, a good counselor, and a true friend who will always say Hi and forever wishing you good luck.


Mara posted on 9/12/17

My condolences to the entire family.


Julia Ann Merced posted on 9/12/17

My deepest condolences to the family and friends.


Stacy posted on 9/12/17

I'll always remember your big personality and how easily, completely and freely you loved your loved ones. I'll miss you.


Tracy P. Johnson posted on 9/12/17

Erik, His smile and sincere love that he showed everyone will be deeply missed! Family please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love and Hugs from your UB EOP Family!


Britt Linné Semenow posted on 9/12/17

Erik was an exceptional person who was always willing to help students in any way that he could. He will be missed.


Bernard Rosenthal posted on 9/12/17

My wife Evelyn and I remember with fondness meeting Eric during his semester-in-London time when I was directing the program. He was a delightful young man who engaged fully in the program and pursued the opportunity to expand his understanding of the world around him. His life was enriched by his time there, and he enriched the lives of other. I have met so many wonderful students in the program over the years, and it is difficult to remember all of them. But we fondly remember him and are saddened by what has happened. Our deep condolences to his family and to all who knew and loved him. Bernie and Evelyn Rosenthal


Diane Campbell posted on 9/12/17

Deepest sympathy to Ivy and Adrienne and the Colon family. I have known Erik for so many years as our paths crossed at Binghamton University and then, more recently working at the Tuesday night community dinners. I would be so happy to see Erik light up when talking about his baby girl and Ivy. May your sweet memories of this kind and gentle spirit ease your grief and sorrow.


Sean Fenty posted on 9/12/17

I found out about Erik's passing while holding my newly born son the evening we brought him home. The first thought I had was what a great and proud father and husband Erik was, and how he inspired me to cherish my own fatherhood more. Any time I visited Erik to talk about work, the conversation inevitably shifted to his family, and how proud,happy, and lucky he was to have Adrienne and Ivy in his life. Pictures and mementos throughout his office reminded him of what was most important--photos of family and friends, and gifts from students he helped throughout his career. Erik's life was tragically brief, but it was a rich one. He left a positive mark on those who knew him, and his legacy lives on in the memories he left behind and in his beautiful daughter.


Angela Baptiste-Jobity posted on 9/12/17

My deepest condolences to the Colon family. I pray God's strength for his mother, wife, daughter, brothers and a host of family amd friends who mourn his lost at this time. You all will continue to be in my prayers as God continue to keep you all in His care.


Marcia R Craner posted on 9/12/17

He was the sweetest person. Whenever I saw him on campus we always stop and talked. Eric was very excited when he became engaged and "over the moon" about his new baby. He loved his work and the students. So full of life and a kind soul. My sincere condolences for your loss.


Lynda Bassette-Farone posted on 9/12/17

Ivy, Adrienne and family, My heart is so sad for your loss. Wishing you comfort in your many warm memories of Erik as a loving husband and father. He was a beautiful man. And my condolences, too, to the SUNY Binghamton & EOP family. Erik will never be forgotten!


Melissa Caceres posted on 9/12/17

Our thoughts and prayers go to Ivy, Adrienne and the Colon Family.


Janey Sager posted on 9/12/17

The Professional Staff Senate (previously PEC) at Binghamton university will deeply miss him for his great involvement over the years. We got to know him well and became friends. He was a wonderful person and his death is a huge loss to the University.


Annette blanco posted on 9/12/17

Sending hugs and condolences. Eric is now serving the lord ??❤️


Shana Brown posted on 9/12/17

Ivy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and Adrienne! Love you guys!


Isaak Ghebremicael posted on 9/12/17

I am deeply saddened. I remember Erik encouraging me and supporting me throughout my masters program while I was in Binghamton. I specifically remember taking pictures and cheering me up during my masters defense. Erik I will always remember your big smile and willingness to help students specially to those who need help the most. Rest in peace.


Sunny Jimenez posted on 9/12/17

So sorry you had to go so soon.