SI Couple Killed During Sandy Were 'Friendliest Souls,' Neighbors Say

By Janet UpadhyeBen Fractenberg and Aidan Gardiner  on November 2, 2012 3:16pm

BAY TERRACE — A Staten Island couple killed during Hurricane Sandy were a loving pair who were "always together" and the "friendliest souls," neighbors recalled Friday.

Marie Colborne, 66, and her husband, Walter, 89, were found Thursday in the muddy intersection of Tennyson Drive and Nelson Avenue, about a block from their home at 23 Harbour Court, police said.

Neighbor Ricci Martin, who said Walter Colborne required a motorized chair to scale stairs, thought the couple was away on a trip to Atlantic City when the storm hit Monday.

“I feel like I should have done something,” Martin said. “I had no idea they were dead just a street away from here."

The NYPD said emergency units responded to the intersecion about 10:30 a.m. and pronounced them dead at the scene.

Martin — who left an orange candle in front of the Colborne's home with a note that read, "Rest in Peace" — said the inseparable couple were lovely neighbors.

"They were the friendliest souls," Martin said. "That was the beautiful thing about the two of them."

The Colbornes were among dozens of New Yorkers who died during Hurricane Sandy, with Staten Island enduring the most deaths.

Martin added the Colbornes loved traveling.

"They were always together," Martin said.