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Emily Colgan, Wife of Former NECA President Robert Colgan, Dies at Age 89

Mar 03, 2017

It with great sadness that the National Electrical Contractors Association announces the passing of Emily Colgan, the wife of longtime electrical contractor and former NECA President Robert W. Colgan. She was 89.

A native of North Carolina, she and Robert celebrated 69 years of marriage before his death in August 2015. They made their home in the Toledo, OH, area, where they shared a love of dancing, boating, golf and tennis, reading, entertaining, traveling and spending time with their extended family and friends, according to an obituary.

While Robert was finishing his electrical engineering degree at Toledo University and beginning his lifelong career in the electrical industry, Emily assumed the supporting role of wife and mom that she cherished. Robert Colgan, who led NECA from 1974-79, was a founding fellow of the Academy of Electrical Contracting and received awards for his service to the industry. One of their sons, Robert W. Colgan Jr., previously served as NECA’s Executive Director, Business Development.

Emily Colgan is survived by sister Maryesta Steckman; sons Rob (Kathy) Colgan of Perrysburg, OH, and Rand “Harmony Aquarian” Colgan of Port Motueka, New Zealand, daughters Cynthia (Ron) Cox of Gainesville, GA, and Amy (Brian) Eytchison of Nashville, TN, and unofficially adopted son, Randy Boudouris; 12 grandchildren; eight nieces and nephews; and seventeen great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 4 at Foth-Dorfmeyer Mortuary. Burial will follow at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park, Toledo. Memorial contributions may be made to Epworth United Methodist Church, 4855 W. Central Avenue, Toledo, OH. 43615; the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (; or the University of Toledo Foundation.

Go to to read Emily’s full obituary.

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