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Metra train fatally hits pedestrian in Roselle

There are 34 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 25, 2008, titled Metra train fatally hits pedestrian in Roselle. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A 58-year-old Schaumburg man was killed Friday when he was struck by a westbound Metra train in Roselle, police said.

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BJB

Madison, WI

#31 Jan 29, 2008
Sherry wrote:
It was a suicide, my son witnessed the whole thing. They thought he was joking but he was not he just laid his head on the tracks and waited for the train to come. I agree with Lassie, don't involve other people, it will affect them forever! My condolences to the family, I don't know the circumstances, but I am sad to think that he felt this was the only thing left to do
For those who were wondering who the man was:
Patrick J. "Rick" Colombo, age 57. Beloved husband of Patricia; dear son of Patrick and Jeanne Colombo; loving brother of Leah (Jim) Bolek, Kevin, Janet (John) Lattmann and Valerie (Michael) Redlich; uncle of five nephews and one niece. Memorial Mass Tuesday, 10 a.m. at Notre Dame Church, 64 Norfolk Ave., Clarendon Hills. Please omit flowers. Arrangements handled by Modell Funeral Home.
I am... er, WAS, his nephew (the eldest of the five). I cannot fathom what was going through his head when this seemed like a good idea. I don't know what I could possibly say to explain this to the 4 younger nephews or the step-granddaughter he left behind. The term "Selfish Suiciders" is redundant, I can't think of any act more inherently selfish than suicide.
To those who witnessed it - thanks for letting us know what happened, it's been hard to get details any other way. My apologies to you as well, it's just not right that he decided to end his life in the most grizzly way imaginable that would inflict plenty of distress on lots of other people. And, thanks for your condolences.
As for a motive, your guess is basically as good as mine. I haven't heard any mention of a suicide note. As JJL mentioned, we in the family have been trying to reach out to him for years to no avail. He was just too nice of a guy to say no to people, and it appears his wife and step-daughter living with him just sucked him dry. My guess is he got into drugs (I'm pretty sure the other two were on them), what kind, I don't know. Lord knows what kind of medical bills they all rang up, it seems something was always physically wrong with them all (his wife is presently in a nursing home). The drugs gradually cost him his job, then his house, and now his life.
Rick was a great guy for the majority of my life, really laid back and quiet but kind-hearted. He was also a good co-worker, I worked with him for 2 years at Fermilab (where he worked for 15 years). It's just so sad that drugs got the best of him. If you know anybody with a drug problem, I'd recommend talking to them ASAP - you don't want something like this to happen to someone you care about.
R.I.P., Uncle Rick!
Janet

Wheaton, IL

#32 Jan 29, 2008
HE WAS NOT SELFISH. HIS FUNERAL WAS FILLED WITH STORIES OF THE MANY, MANY THINGS HE DID TO HELP EVERYONE THAT KNEW HIM.
HE WAS SWEET, FUNNY AND THE FIRST TO HELP ANYONE IN NEED....WHETHER OR NOT HE KNEW THE PERSON.
HE WAS ALSO VERY INTELLIGENT, COULD FIX ANYTHING, ESPECIALLY CARS. ANY ONE OF YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN HAPPY TO CALL HIM FRIEND.
HOW DO I KNOW....HE WAS MY BROTHER.
Janet

Wheaton, IL

#33 Jan 29, 2008
Hey Brian,
I didn't see your post until after mine. Amazing how quick some are to judge others without knowing any facts. Must be nice to be so sure you are right about everything you believe!
BJB wrote:
<quoted text>
For those who were wondering who the man was:
Patrick J. "Rick" Colombo, age 57. Beloved husband of Patricia; dear son of Patrick and Jeanne Colombo; loving brother of Leah (Jim) Bolek, Kevin, Janet (John) Lattmann and Valerie (Michael) Redlich; uncle of five nephews and one niece. Memorial Mass Tuesday, 10 a.m. at Notre Dame Church, 64 Norfolk Ave., Clarendon Hills. Please omit flowers. Arrangements handled by Modell Funeral Home.
I am... er, WAS, his nephew (the eldest of the five). I cannot fathom what was going through his head when this seemed like a good idea. I don't know what I could possibly say to explain this to the 4 younger nephews or the step-granddaughter he left behind. The term "Selfish Suiciders" is redundant, I can't think of any act more inherently selfish than suicide.
To those who witnessed it - thanks for letting us know what happened, it's been hard to get details any other way. My apologies to you as well, it's just not right that he decided to end his life in the most grizzly way imaginable that would inflict plenty of distress on lots of other people. And, thanks for your condolences.
As for a motive, your guess is basically as good as mine. I haven't heard any mention of a suicide note. As JJL mentioned, we in the family have been trying to reach out to him for years to no avail. He was just too nice of a guy to say no to people, and it appears his wife and step-daughter living with him just sucked him dry. My guess is he got into drugs (I'm pretty sure the other two were on them), what kind, I don't know. Lord knows what kind of medical bills they all rang up, it seems something was always physically wrong with them all (his wife is presently in a nursing home). The drugs gradually cost him his job, then his house, and now his life.
Rick was a great guy for the majority of my life, really laid back and quiet but kind-hearted. He was also a good co-worker, I worked with him for 2 years at Fermilab (where he worked for 15 years). It's just so sad that drugs got the best of him. If you know anybody with a drug problem, I'd recommend talking to them ASAP - you don't want something like this to happen to someone you care about.
R.I.P., Uncle Rick!
Becky

Birmingham, AL

#34 Jan 29, 2008
To the family...
My heart truly goes out to you. I am very sorry for your loss and may you have peace. I truly believe that nobody ever wants to resort to this, I am sure he felt like his problems were more than he could bear. Every time I hear of a suicide, my heart sinks because it reminds me the terrible pain of losing my brother will never go away. There are many organizations for family members in your situation.

To all those with opinions on the "selfishness of suicide" I hope you never have to experience a tragedy like this. To lose a family member in this manner is such a tremendously painful experience, unless you went through this it is IMPOSSIBLE to understand. This family will likely never get the answers they need or closure, but hopefully one day they can accept this. They will look for comfort and answers wherever they can find them, just to get some semblance of relief. Some people may never be able to make sense of it and will resort to anger.

Mental illness is just as real as any other illness! The human brain affects all aspects of our behaviors, perceptions, logic and thoughts.

There are 32,000 suicide in America every year.

There is one suicide every 16 minutes.

Suicide is the 11th ranking cause of death.

You can contact your local Survivors of Suicide group or a local Catholic Charities for help.
Bobb

Minneapolis, MN

#35 Jan 30, 2008
Yesterday morning I spent a few hours with Rick's family and many friends attending his funeral. It has been a rough few days since I heard of his passing, and my wife, son, and I have many many great memories of our friend. Rick was one of a band of brothers, a group of high school classmates who loved each other enough to stay best of friends for the past 40 years. I know Rick will live on in my heart as he will for all who had the great fortune to have known him. I always could count on him to call me on my birthday. Now...I'm not sure who will remind me I'm a year older! Janet, if you are sharing this blog with the rest of the family, my sincere condolences go to all of you. I know I can speak for Dave, Jack, Greg, and the other 2 Ricks in saying that we loved your brother very much.
Mary

Sheboygan, WI

#36 Jan 30, 2008
My condolences to the family. I knew Rick for a very long time and can tell you, with certainty, that he had a problem with drugs (and drinking) when he lived in Sheboygan, without any help from his wife or daughter as you claim. I realize you are family, however, I do not think you knew your uncle as well as you thought. Was he a nice guy, yes, he was. Was he as moral as they come, NO! So don't blame those around him for his faults, he was a grown man responsible for his own decisions. Unfortunately for all, he could not overcome his weaknesses which inevitably led to his suicide.
BJB wrote:
<quoted text>
For those who were wondering who the man was:
Patrick J. "Rick" Colombo, age 57. Beloved husband of Patricia; dear son of Patrick and Jeanne Colombo; loving brother of Leah (Jim) Bolek, Kevin, Janet (John) Lattmann and Valerie (Michael) Redlich; uncle of five nephews and one niece. Memorial Mass Tuesday, 10 a.m. at Notre Dame Church, 64 Norfolk Ave., Clarendon Hills. Please omit flowers. Arrangements handled by Modell Funeral Home.
I am... er, WAS, his nephew (the eldest of the five). I cannot fathom what was going through his head when this seemed like a good idea. I don't know what I could possibly say to explain this to the 4 younger nephews or the step-granddaughter he left behind. The term "Selfish Suiciders" is redundant, I can't think of any act more inherently selfish than suicide.
To those who witnessed it - thanks for letting us know what happened, it's been hard to get details any other way. My apologies to you as well, it's just not right that he decided to end his life in the most grizzly way imaginable that would inflict plenty of distress on lots of other people. And, thanks for your condolences.
As for a motive, your guess is basically as good as mine. I haven't heard any mention of a suicide note. As JJL mentioned, we in the family have been trying to reach out to him for years to no avail. He was just too nice of a guy to say no to people, and it appears his wife and step-daughter living with him just sucked him dry. My guess is he got into drugs (I'm pretty sure the other two were on them), what kind, I don't know. Lord knows what kind of medical bills they all rang up, it seems something was always physically wrong with them all (his wife is presently in a nursing home). The drugs gradually cost him his job, then his house, and now his life.
Rick was a great guy for the majority of my life, really laid back and quiet but kind-hearted. He was also a good co-worker, I worked with him for 2 years at Fermilab (where he worked for 15 years). It's just so sad that drugs got the best of him. If you know anybody with a drug problem, I'd recommend talking to them ASAP - you don't want something like this to happen to someone you care about.
R.I.P., Uncle Rick!
Janet

Wheaton, IL

#37 Jan 30, 2008
Well, guess what Mary....we knew Rick for 30 years before he made the horrendous mistake of moving to Sheboygan....so don't get all high and mighty and suggest that we didn't know him like you did.
Did you know him when he was an altar boy or a boy scout? No...didn't think so, but I did.
Did you know him when he helped us with homework or changed my sister's diaper or taught me to drive? No...didn't think so, but I did.
Did you know him when he drove for hours in a terrible snowstorm to take me to our grandfather's funeral because my car didn't start? No...didn't think so, but I did.
No...he wasn't perfect....thanks for bringing that up....glad to know that you are and that you can take the moment of greatest pain....hours after my brother's death to remind his grieving family of all his imperfections. Just shows how classless you are.
Perhaps it was the move to your drug/alcohol laced town of Sheboygan that started his problems. I still remember him telling me how stunned he was, when attending the high school graduation for one of Pat's kid's, that most of the families in attendance brought cases of beer to drink during the ceremony. Something not done down here in Chicago.
So....take your unwanted and insincere condolences and stuff them in your overused beer cooler.

Rick's sister
Mary wrote:
My condolences to the family. I knew Rick for a very long time and can tell you, with certainty, that he had a problem with drugs (and drinking) when he lived in Sheboygan, without any help from his wife or daughter as you claim. I realize you are family, however, I do not think you knew your uncle as well as you thought. Was he a nice guy, yes, he was. Was he as moral as they come, NO! So don't blame those around him for his faults, he was a grown man responsible for his own decisions. Unfortunately for all, he could not overcome his weaknesses which inevitably led to his suicide.
<quoted text>
Janet

Wheaton, IL

#38 Jan 30, 2008
Thanks so much for coming to the funeral. I know he treasured your friendship.
I, too, will miss those birthday calls!
Bobb wrote:
Yesterday morning I spent a few hours with Rick's family and many friends attending his funeral. It has been a rough few days since I heard of his passing, and my wife, son, and I have many many great memories of our friend. Rick was one of a band of brothers, a group of high school classmates who loved each other enough to stay best of friends for the past 40 years. I know Rick will live on in my heart as he will for all who had the great fortune to have known him. I always could count on him to call me on my birthday. Now...I'm not sure who will remind me I'm a year older! Janet, if you are sharing this blog with the rest of the family, my sincere condolences go to all of you. I know I can speak for Dave, Jack, Greg, and the other 2 Ricks in saying that we loved your brother very much.
Unbelievable

Bloomingdale, IL

#39 Jan 30, 2008
Mary, shut your mouth. I don't know the family, and I didn't know Rick, but for you to have the nerve to say something like this is unbelievable. Your are the epitome of trash! How dare you say something so stupid. Who cares what Rick did. Everyone makes mistakes, including your sorry ass!

To the family, don't listen to these people. They did the same thing to me 30 days ago. Take it with a grain of salt and tell them in your mind to "Go POUND SALT!" You people have no idea how hard this is for the family.
Irving P Is Stupid

Winfield, IL

#40 Jan 31, 2008
Ok, obviously Irving is quite selfish and trivial. I cannot believe that someone can post such ignorant comments such as grammer and punctuation lessons when there are people obviously shaken up and distraught about what they have witnessed. Maybe Irving, you should read the content and not focus so much on the grammer. This is not a formal forum and you sir, need to get a life!
Barb

Evergreen Park, IL

#41 Jan 31, 2008
To Rick's family and friends,
My heart reaches out to you in your time of grief. I am sorry you have to read the insensitive and crass comments posted on this forum.

I know you will miss your brother, your friend. Cherish your memories, and remember your shared love.
ARF

Glendale, AZ

#44 Feb 2, 2008
Irving P should put his head on the train tracks...

I am very sorry to Rick's family and friends. As someone who has personally "been down that road" I understand how the most Self-less person could end up making a decision like that. His story makes me WANT to get help when I need it. It's sad that he ended his life this way, but let it be a lesson to others who are heading down this path.

I hope his family and friends are coping well, I know that losing someone is never an easy thing - but if he is as self-less as he appears, I know he wouldn't want to people who loved him to dwell on it.
KPS

West Chicago, IL

#45 Dec 22, 2008
I just found out about Rick's passing, and found this via Google. I was his office-mate for a few years, and had lost touch. I am filled with great sadness as Rick was a fine man and it was my honor to have worked with him. My deepest belated condolences to his family and to all those who knew him. The world is a smaller place without his presence. RIP dear friend. I cannot imagine the pain and agony that drove you to leave us.
G Borgues

Smithfield, VA

#46 Apr 9, 2009
Irving P wrote:
Matt - It's witnessed - not wittnesed.
LMFAO!!!!

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