William Collar Obituary (2021) – McMurray, Pennsylvania

William H. Collar, “Bill” 83 of McMurray, returned home to be with his Heavenly Father on Sunday, October 31, 2021. Just as he has faced all of life’s experiences, Bill fought a courageous battle against dementia and managed his illness. with strength and grace. He wanted to spend as much time as possible with those close to him. On the last day, he was surrounded by his family, whom he adored more than anything in the world.

Bill was born July 28, 1938 in Canonsburg, the son of the late Charles Louis and Edna Mae Haught Collar.

He was predeceased by his sister, Sharyn Darlene Collar; and her granddaughter, Robin Renee Collar.

He grew up in Houston and spent many fun hours with his cousins, Donny & Danny Rathbone, and Dale & Bob Russell. He was a member of the Chartiers-Houston Marching Band and worked at the Blue Star Potato Chip Factory.

Bill met the love of his life, Alice, at a high school football game when he was 16. He was a devoted and wonderful husband, and called his wife his “bride” even after 62 years of marriage.

He graduated from Chartiers-Houston High School and continued his education at Washington and Jefferson College, where he received his BA in Mathematics, and was part of the Sharp Shooters Rifle team. While in college, he was a member of the ROTC and graduated as a second lieutenant. Bill then served in the United States Army in the Artillery Division, winning numerous accolades and awards for his sharp marksmanship skills.

After his stint in the military, he went to Rutgers University where he obtained his master’s degree.

Bill believed in education and giving back to the community. He taught math at Peters Township High School for 31 years and majored in arithmetic. He was the head of the mathematics department and was instrumental in the introduction of AP courses in the township of Peters to help students gain college credit. He also coached the boys’ tennis team for decades and was very proud when they won the State WPIALS.

He retired in 1993 and enjoyed 28 years of retirement.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Canonsburg for many years, then joined the Trinity United Methodist Church in McMurray. Bill was an active member and sang in the church choir, served on many committees, but really enjoyed being a member of the Saturday Morning Men’s Group in Trinity and previously, the United Methodist Men’s Group in Canonsburg.

He was a man of God and always spoke kindly to everyone. His loving heart was shared with everyone he met and even in his final days he always thanked everyone for helping him no matter the size of the task.

Bill loved his family and really enjoyed spending time with them. He made several fishing trips to Canada each year with his son, grandson and fishing buddies. He enjoyed his annual trips to Tennessee with his daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter and wife. Fishing and hunting for black bears were among his favorite activities. He also enjoyed vegetable gardening, hunting, helping those in need, volunteering, and family play nights every week.

Survivor is his beloved 62-year-old wife, Alice Cheeseman Collar; one son, Mark Collar and his wife, Jeannette; one daughter, Tracy Collar-Mirich and her husband, Peter; two grandchildren, Lane Collar (Marissa Custer) and Mikayla Mirich; a great-grandson, Benjamin Collar, a nephew, Jim Moore; a niece Janice (Barry) Simmons; and two cats, Zoe and Sammy.

Bill was not the “fufu” type. He worked hard and taught his family well. He believed in always being kind, communicating, forgiving and praying for one another and now he is in Heaven fishing with the Lord.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday November 3 and 4 at Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray (724-941-3211).

A service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 5, 2021 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 530 Center Church Road, McMurray, with Pastor Jeffrey A. Vanderhoff and Pastor Mark A. Stewart officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to Appalachian Bear Rescue in Tennessee, PO Box 364, Townsend, TN 37882 or online at appalachianbearrescue.org.

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Posted by Observer-Reporter from Nov 3 to Nov 4, 2021.

Elizabeth J. Harless