colby keegan memorial website

Colby Keegan was an incredibly kind and talented young man who died suddenly on July 25, 2009 at the age of twenty-three. This site is designed to inspire people to follow Colby's wish to better the world. It also provides a forum for his friends and others who are inspired by his story to share
their thoughts about Colby.

NOTE: Guestbook entries will appear on a delay, to avoid spammers getting through. All non-spam entries will be approved, although it may take a day or so for them to appear. Thank you.


Colby would have turned twenty-eight on September 30, 2013. Please remember his birthday by posting a note in his guestbook.

Colby's Army Happenings
Look for exciting news soon coming late fall 2013 on the website about a Colby's Army Learning Center. Our vision is huge, but we know that with our army of volunteers and helpers that we will get there.

Second and Third Anniversary Gatherings
On Colby's second anniversary his friends and family planted wildflowers that are now thriving, and on the third anniversary more than a dozen people gathered to stuff fifty backpacks for the homeless in Colby's honor.

Operation Backpack!
Since the inception of Colby's ArmyTM, founded in honor of Colby, we have given more than 1,000 fully stocked backpacks to the homeless. Check out what else we are doing in memory of Colby.

First Anniversary Gathering
Roughly two dozen people gathered on July 25th during one of the hottest days of the year to visit and plant a tree in honor and memory of Colby. A Leyland Cypress (which means grief, mourning and also immortality) was provided by Colby's Army. Everyone pitched in to help plant and several people added personal mementos to the tree's branches. Thank you all for remembering a beautiful young man in such a wonderful way.

First Anniversary Event
We are having a gathering of Colby's friends and his Mom's friends on Sunday, July 25, 2010 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Picnic Area #11 in Edwin Warner Park in Nashville. This is in the Little Harpeth Picnic Area off Vaughn Road. It is the last picnic area on the left, near the creek. Nothing formal, just come, visit, and catch up; and share your stories and memories among friends. will provide cold beverages and a ceremonial memory tree.

Colby's Army is Official!
On February 13, 2010 we received official notification that Colby's Army, the organization founded in memory of Colby, has been accepted as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit. We are so excited about accomplishing on Colby's behalf what he could not. Together we can change the world.

Thank You Grandpa's House!
Over the 2009 holidays, staff and residents of Grandpa's House, a recovery support facility, donated clothes and other items to Nashville's homeless in Colby's name. One afternoon they gathered up all their extras and headed to the underside of Nashville's Jefferson Street bridge, a gathering place for homeless people. Colby would be so very pleased that these men are supporting a cause that meant so much to him.

Share Your Memories
Thanks to all who have shared their thoughts about and memories of Colby on his guestbook page. Colby would be very pleased (and a little embarrassed) by all the kind words. Feel free to add new thoughts or memories anytime.

Happy Birthday Colby
Colby would have turned 24 on September 30. Dozens of people remembered his special day through phone calls or email. Several people lit candles in Colby's memory. Others took a moment of silence. All are appreciated.

Colby's Army

Colby's ArmyTM is moving forward! This new organization will allow everyone to, in Colby's words, "affect change." We have applied for our nonprofit status and have established a board of directors. We will slowly be kicking off new programs in 2010, all in honor and memory of Colby. Everyone is welcome to be a part of this and we will have more information over coming weeks. In the meantime check out the Colby's Army web page.

Colby's  “Celebration of Life”
Colby's  “Celebration of Life” was held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at the Event Pavilion at Centennial Park in Nashville. It was a perfect tribute to Colby with more than eighty people in attendance, many heartfelt speakers and great music in a comfortable setting. Before the celebration, residents of Grandpa's House fed the homeless in another area of the park in Colby's name, and WSMV Channel 4 covered that. Check back soon, as we will post a link to their coverage as soon as we get it. We will also at some point post more photos from the celebration.
The "Colby Keegan Memorial Scholarship"
The "Colby Keegan Memorial Scholarship" has been established through Colby's ArmyTM, Inc. to sponsor individuals at Grandpa's House, a non-profit 501(c)3 recovery support facility dedicated to helping rebuild lives of people who have been afflicted by mental illness or addiction. The scholarship is a fitting tribute to the lasting impact that Colby made on others. In his lifetime he found great joy in lending a hand to those in need. Donations may be made by contacting Colby's ArmyTM, or mailing to Colby's Army at P.O. Box 90464, Nashville, TN 37209.

Pancake Breakfast
A pancake breakfast in Colby's honor was held at the Belleview Masonic Lodge (7420 Old Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37221) on Saturday, August 29  in Bellevue, Tennessee. Thank you this wonderful organization and to the more than 100 people who came through, many of whom had a kind word for Colby.

Benefit Concert
Also on the 29th, a benefit show in Colby's honor was held at "Little Hamilton" in Nashville. Roughly 80 of Colby's friends were there to share stories and honor his memory. Thank you all!
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