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Gary James Collier

May 11, 1953July 14, 2017

COLLIER, Gary James May 11, 1953 - July 14, 2017 Gary James Collier, age 64, of Whitby Ontario, passed away suddenly on July 14, 2017. Gary was the son of Ward Collier, (Oshawa) and the late Inez Collier. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Lana (Whitby), and his son, Jason and daughter-in-law, Stacey (Courtice) as well as his sisters, Shelley (Frank, Toronto) and Marilyn, (Dartmouth, N.S).Gary was born in Nova Scotia and grew up in the town of Seaforth. He attended Dalhousie University and the Technical University of Nova Scotia, where he earned a B.Sc. and a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering. While in university, Gary spent time out on the ocean fishing with his grandfather, earning enough money to cover his tuition and purchase an engagement ring for Lana. After graduation, Gary moved to Ontario and began his career in the mobile radio industry, specializing in mobile communications for emergency services. Gary worked for several companies before ending his career with Bell Mobility Radio where he mentored several young engineers, seeing them through to the completion of their degrees. The highlight of his career was designing and implementing the mobile radio service for the volunteers at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. Gary was an outgoing, friendly, and gentle man, who was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who asked and even some who didn't. He was meticulous and careful in all his endeavours (you should have seen him coil a rope!) making it beneficial to have Gary on your team. He was dedicated to whatever task he undertook, and was determined to see it through to completion. Gary was a rare soul whose honesty and integrity were never called into question. Gary was a long-time volunteer with Skate Canada, where he led a team of music providers for skating events mainly in Eastern Ontario. His team became a second family and they have remained a close-knit group of friends. In his free time, Gary was "Mr. Fix-It" for his family and friends, undertaking whatever had to be done and always giving it his best. His patience was second to none and the topic of many family stories. Over the years, Gary developed an avid enjoyment of travel. He and Lana visited many countries, and always enjoyed learning about new cultures and lifestyles, making new friends and enjoying the company of old friends. Family was foremost in Gary's priorities. His wife, who was the love of his life, and his son, whom he was so very proud of, were most precious to him. He always felt blessed to have so many friends whom he cherished dearly. Gary will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all those whose lives he touched. Visitation will be held at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) on Wednesday, July 19th from 6 – 9 p.m. Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel on Thursday, July 20th at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Thornton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Diabetes Association, or a charity of your choice

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment

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Bob Bisnett

January 9, 2019

I stumbled onto this memorial of Gary tonight. I was remembering people I’ve known. So I searched for Gary.

I worked for Gary at Teleride and then met him again at Bell Mobility while I was on contract there. He was smart and knew what he was doing. But more importantly, Gary was a good and decent man. I was blessed to have known him.

God bless you Gary and your family.

Kathleen Doucette

December 11, 2017

Very sorry for this sad loss. I lived in Seaforth and family members are still there.

Jan

July 21, 2017

Gary was the lead MusicTechnician for Eastern Ontario for a number of years. Many people - including myself had the privilege of working with him and his team at our events. I was fortunate to sit with Gary and Lana at the last Eastern Ontario Section AGM in May - we had good fun reminiscing about all the fun we had had over the years at our competitions.
Jan Armitage

July 21, 2017

Lana, our thoughts are with you and your family. May the wonderful memories of all you have shared over the years help you during this difficult time.

Heather and Bob Tutching

Emery Leger

July 20, 2017

Our Deepest Sympathy from all of us at the Skate Canada Service Center in Ottawa

Mario Presta

July 20, 2017

Very saddened to hear about Gary's passing. I've had the pleasure of working with Gary while he worked at Motorola and more recently during the Vancouver Olympics.Gary was such a consummate professional and very classy guy. The public safety community has lost a great supporter and friend.

Chris & Jill Briggs

July 20, 2017

Lana, our sincere condolences to you and your family, we have such happy memories of when we first met you and Gary whilst on holiday in Barbados and subsequently when you so kindly invited us to stay with you. Gary was a lovely man and we are thinking of you at this sad time.

Cathy Copeland

July 20, 2017

Gary was always a pleasure to work with when he would lend us a hand at skating events in COS. My condolences to the Collier family.

Donna Bierko

July 20, 2017

Lana and Jason,
I am sorry to hear of Gary's passing. I will miss the many conversations that I had with him at competitions across the Section. I always looked forward to his cheery smile and words of wisdom. I hope that the many wonderful memories that you have of Gary will hope to ease the pain you are feeling now. Heaven is lucky to be getting another angel.

Walter, Mary Rosita Blanchard

July 19, 2017

Lana, Jason and Stacy we are so saddened to hear about Gary. We are so glad we saw you a couple of summers ago when Aunt Frances was still here. We give our love and prayers . Hope you received the note at funeral home from Joanne(Walters wife) . All our love from Walter, Mary and Rosita Blanchard contact us when you can .

FROM THE FAMILY