Hubert Colson Death | Passed Away – Dead | Obituary
Hubert Colson Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Hubert Colson.
My dear friend and mentor Hubert Colson passed away this morning after a long battle with lung disease. He was 69 years old. He died peacefully surrounded by his husband and his dear friends.
He fought the disease with an almost superhuman amount of bravery and courage, always looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. In sickness as in health, he was a unique inspiration to me and many others. He is survived by his husband, Jean-Luc, who was at his side, with much love and generosity on this difficult rollercoaster of a journey that was Hubert’s life for the past 15 years.
Hubert was the definition of a renaissance man. He was born in Liege, Belgium on February 15th, 1951. He was the only son of a baker and pastry chef who carried the family tradition dating back more than two centuries; and a mother, teacher of French letters who became quadriplegic due to complications of childbirth. For most of his life, this dual heritage drove Hubert to constantly inhabit the worlds of letters, theater, education, and food.
He started his professional life in education as a teacher and school principal. He faced discrimination in his family and within the educational system because of his homosexuality. In 1985, he opened his namesake bakery in Mons which delighted customers for 20 years. Its incredible range of breads, tarts, cookies, waffles, and ice creams delighted all who entered. During that time, Hubert authored 4 cookbooks including 2 volumes of the famous “Martine” children book series.
In his 40s, Hubert started psychology studies at the Sorbonne in Paris. For years, he commuted between Paris and Mons, studying and then working as a psychoanalyst (after graduating with a Master in Advanced Studies) half of the week, and baking and tending to his store and customers on weekends and holidays. For years, he worked with terminally ill AIDS patients.
During that time, he also met Jean-Luc who became his life partner. They married in 2014.
He was a tireless worker, educator, and creator. While juggling these two very different professions in two different countries, he also found the time to write a memoir (“Petrir la Vie” which translates to “Kneading Life) which was published in 2009 by Payot. He was also an avid theater lover. He was a member of the Moliere academy, the French equivalent of the Tony Awards.
In 2006, Hubert was forced to close his famous bakery in Mons. Years of living two full professional lives in two cities had taken a toll on the bakery. At that time, he also started a long battle with cancer that haunted him until today. 2006, was also the year I was privileged to start carrying Hubert’s torch in Brooklyn.
For years, Hubert, when physically able, traveled to NY to work with the many chefs and bakers who’ve worked in our kitchens in Park Slope and Industry City. He was a tireless teacher and cheerleader, giving his time and expertise, always pushing us upwards. He touched the lives of many of our employees and customers with his determination, dedication, and talent. You could always tell when Hubert was in town, because our pastry case would be overflowing with new products, delighting our customers. While it is self-evident that Colson Patisserie would not have seen the light of the day without him, I must also say that it would not have survived without his continued dedication. Small businesses like our bakery are fragile entities, operating on razor-thin margins, always vulnerable to the smallest crisis. Colson Patisserie in Brooklyn, although well received by the Park Slope community from day one, was one of these fledgling businesses that took many, many years of work, dedication, investment in time and money to become a financially sustainable company. Hubert’s dedication and love always kept me going. He and I knew we were doing something right. Our customers never failed to let us know how important our little bakery had become to many of them.
I know that Hubert took great pride in seeing our company develop and reach maturity. After opening our commissary kitchen in Sunset Park in 2012 and with the arrival of Andrew Hackel, who joined the company in 2013, we were able to grow our wholesale customer base, finally bringing revenues in the business that allowed us to invest in staff, equipment, systems, and packaging. By the time Covid-19 shut down New York a few months ago, Colson Patisserie had a staff of 65, supplying close to 200 cafes, grocery stores, hotels, and other businesses on a daily basis and operating two retail bakeries/cafes. The strength of our business before the crisis ensured that we would survive this moment even though many of our customers have left the city and so many of our wholesale customers have closed.
So in this time of uncertainty and hardship for so many, we must channel Hubert’s energy, strength, and optimism more than ever. We don’t know yet how long the COVID crisis will last and how deeply it will change the lives and the economy of New York and its citizens. This past week, as I was processing Hubert’s final hospitalization and the realization that his life was ending, I was walking in the semi-deserted streets of Manhattan witnessing entire blocks of shuttered businesses; I was reminded that small businesses like ours create the connections, the culture and communities that make our city thrive.
Hubert, you have taught me so much and changed my personal and professional lives in such a profound way. You were truly a member of my family. A dear friend to my parents and extended American family. An uncle to me, my brother Raphael, my wife Ronit, and my children. And during these last few years, your courage and tenacity in the face of this illness that took such a toll on your body and your ability to work, travel, go to the theater, enjoy the company of your friends, everything that gave joy and meaning to your life, was an incredible example of resilience and grit.
Rest in peace Hubert. Your legacy lives on.
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