Stephen Michael Collier
June 28, 1990 – February 9, 2019
Stephen Michael Collier, age 28 passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday February 9, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. His passion for learning, dedication to family and friends, and his truly pure heart and soul made him a one-of-a-kind individual that will be deeply missed. Stephen is survived by his parents Jim (Emily) Collier and Marci Spiker (Keith Rhodes), his brother Brandon Collier, sister Audrey Collier, step-brother Kyle (Jenny) Rhodes and his partner, Ally Petta, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He is also survived by his faithful feline companions- Lincoln and Roo.
Stephen graduated high school from Walled Lake Northern and went on to earn a degree in International Business and Management at Georgetown University. While at Georgetown, Steve was granted the opportunity to study abroad in London where he enrolled directly in a London University. He frequently reminisced about how the experience challenged his desire to learn and taught him how to adapt to an entirely different culture and landscape. Upon graduation, he began his career at Epic Systems in Madison, Wisconsin where he managed projects and implemented electronic health record software at major healthcare organizations all over the country.
Stephen was an avid learner of all things. He enjoyed music, reading, playing soccer, target shooting, playing his drums, skiing, traveling, cooking and movies. His appetite to learn new trades and skills was insatiable. It was not uncommon to wake up on any given Saturday and find him entrenched in a new goal such as conquering a foreign language, mastering computer coding, or learning how to whittle or draw. He was constantly dazzling and surprising us.
He had a great sense of humor with a contagiously beautiful smile. Stephen deeply loved his family and friends and always made sure they were cared for and happy. His unapologetically quirky personality was the exact ingredient that sealed such a loving relationship he shared with his partner Ally; his obsession with perfectly ironed shirts, the trove of random facts he could recite on command, his perfect recitation of the 13thWarrior, and the Russian accent he used to impersonate his Russian Blue cat are only a few examples of what made him so undeniably charming.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the Highland Chapel of the Elton Black and Son Funeral Home, 3295 East Highland Rd., Highland, Michigan 48356. The family will receive visitors before and after the service from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Memorial donations may be made to curesearch.org in memory of Stephen.
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Stephen Michael Collier
February 18, 2019
Steve and I were roommates for our first two years at Georgetown. His easygoing nature, off-the-cuff humor, and constant willingness to lend an ear made us fast friends amid the tumult of adjusting to college life. Steve’s hunger to learn new things always shone through—I would often arrive home to find him trying to master the inflection of the newest Japanese word he had learned from Rosetta Stone. He also displayed infectious enthusiasm for all things pop culture, regaling me with tongue-in-cheek gags from Arrested Development or the latest plot twist in Lost. Notwithstanding Steve’s much-snoozed alarm (the chorus of Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved” is seared into my long-term memory), he was a terrific and patient roommate and a better friend. Steve would consistently make time to talk through problems both mundane and meaningful, and his calm, collected demeanor put me at ease. Steve enriched the lives of those around him at Georgetown, expecting little in return, and his loss will be felt deeply. I am so sorry for your loss, and my thoughts and prayers are with you.
February 14, 2019
Steve was such a kind hearted and good humored old soul. I had the joy of living across the hall from him first year at Georgetown, and immediately noticed his maturity and sense of fairness. I voted for him to represent our residence in student government, and always enjoyed our time together. He had love of a good prank amongst our friends. I remember one day that first semester he left the door open to the room he and Mike Barclay shared and “looked the other way” so Greg and I could load all the recycling bins into Mike’s side of their small room. He was too wise to do that to Mike himself, but smart enough to know Greg and I would “take care of it.” We’ll miss you dearly Steve. Your friends from Village C East won’t ever forget you. - Will
February 10, 2019
Jim, Emily, Brandon and Audrey,
Stephen was always smiling and that’s a great memory to have of him. Many dinners were held in the basement where he would be sitting down telling a funny story (usually having something to do with his dad!), and then he’d wink and smile. Laughter through tears is what many will do while sharing their favorite Stephen story. May God grant you peace as you go through this time of sorrow. The Holloway’s are here to help in any way we can! We love you all.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Revelation 21:4 🕊