Stanley Colten

  • Born: November 17, 1938
  • Died: May 16, 2019
  • Location: Haverhill, Massachusetts

Driscoll Funeral Home

309 So. Main Street
Bradford, MA 01835

Tel. (978) 374-0000

Tribute & Message From The Family

HAVERHILL – Stanley Colten, 80, longtime Haverhill resident and local figure, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 16, surrounded by his loved ones.

Stan was born in Boston on November 17, 1938, son of Gabriel and Sarah and attended Boston schools. Stan is a proud veteran having served his country as a Military Police Officer in the U.S. Army. When he returned home, he married his late wife Bonita Claire Colten and they started their family together. She passed away in 2000.

He began a private security company, Romar, for several years and then formed a different company, North Shore Patrol, that flourished. He provided private security for multiple malls, casinos and events; had several divisions including a K9 unit with 30 dogs. Stan operated the company until he sold it and subsequently retired. He didn't retire though, he was involved and worked on so many different projects to make the City of Haverhill a better place. Some of his activities included hosting a tv show on HC Media which ran for over 20 years, Colten's Corner where he would interview the players in the area's ever-changing political landscape. He also served as Mayor Fiorentini's City Representative to the HC Media Board of Directors, and was the outside safety monitor at the Hunking School protecting the children. Stan truly loved his country, the City of Haverhill and his family and he will be deeply missed.

His surviving family members include his son Marc Colten and his wife Cynthia of Costa Mesa, CA; siblings Leonard Colten of Hull, Bebe Cooper of Randolph, Morton Berenson of Jamaica Plain and Bernice Etcoff of Fort Worth, TX; and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services with U.S. Army Honors will be held on Sunday, May 19, in Independent Pride of Boston Cemetery, 19 Washington Street, Woburn, MA at 12:00 PM. Contributions in Stan's memory may be made to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844 at Arrangements by Driscoll Funeral Home, Haverhill. For online guestbook, please visit