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Robert J. Collia, Sr.

Born: Tue., Mar. 6, 1945
Died: Sun., Dec. 9, 2018


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Mon., Dec. 17, 2018
Location: St. Mary's ProCathedral

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Mon., Dec. 17, 2018
Location: St. Mary's ProCathedral

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Robert Joseph Collia, Sr. lifelong resident of Sault Sainte Marie passed away on the afternoon of December 9th 2018 surrounded by family in his home at the age of 73. He was born to Louis and Mary Collia on March 6th, 1945. Bob was a career businessman in town including owning Ideal Sales, Riverside Mobile Home Park, and Soo Locks Campground to name a few. Bob was a lifetime member of the Christopher Columbus Hall.  He dedicated his time to the class of 63 reunion committee also the Fundraising Committee for the Pullar Renovation Project in 2015. Anyone who knew Bob knew of his love for collecting cars and going to car shows. Bob enjoyed spending time at his cabin in Brimley during the summer months.
Bob is survived by Wife Helen Berry Collia, Sons Robert (Misti) Collia Jr & Jeff Collia of Sault Sainte Marie, Sisters Gloria Askin of Virginia, MaryLou (Bill) Jenkins of Tennessee & Debbie (Gary) Shannon of Traverse City. Grandchildren Joel Collia, Danielle Arbic, Garrett Peyton, Madelyn Collia, Dalton Payton, Josh Collia, Zach Collia, Amya Collia & Macy Collia, Great Grandchildren Anthony, Aiden, Owen, Viola, Abel, & Luella. Many Nieces and Nephews.  Bob is predeceased by his Father Louis Collia, Mother Mary Collia Infant Sister Natalie Collia, Sister Josephine (Francis) Gillespe, Brother Jim Collia Brother in-law Peter Askin & Daughter Nicole Collia Peyton-Crane.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, December 17, 2018 at St. Mary’s ProCathedral Church, 320 East Portage Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.  Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 am at St. Mary’s ProCathedral Church prior to the Mass. Following the Mass there will be a Luncheon at The Christopher Columbus Hall.  Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan at a future date.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic ProCathedral Church in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.  Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be left at www.clarkbaileynewhouse.com.

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Roberta Lackey
   Posted Tue December 11, 2018
My Thoughts and Prayers are with the entire Collia family. I’m so so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing.

Thurlow & Katie Pierce
   Posted Tue December 11, 2018
Our thoughts are with you, Helen, and your family. We will truly miss Bob. We will miss the great stories of the Soo & U.P. as well as our classic car conversations.

Thurlow & Katie Pierce
And family

Marty and Jackie Hornacek
   Posted Wed December 12, 2018
We were so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing.
We have you all in our thoughts and prayers

Steve & Diane McLeod
   Posted Wed December 12, 2018
Very saddened to hear about Bob's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your whole family.

Kirk & Terrie Warren
   Posted Thu December 13, 2018
Dear Aunt Helen and family, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Bob. Please know you have been on our thoughts and in prayers since hearing about your loss. Sending Hugs and we will be at the funeral on Monday.

Kent & Cheryl Cooper
   Posted Thu December 13, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Collia family. Kent especially bonded with Bob & their love of cars. We will both miss him at camp and our conversations with him throughout the year. Hugs to all!

Joe Trudeau
   Posted Thu December 13, 2018
Helen and Family

My condolences. Very Sad. In my prayers.

Jim Blain
   Posted Thu December 13, 2018

GARDEN PATH was sent by Jim Blain.

Bob was a good friend of mine. You’re in my thoughts and prayers, Jim Blain

Rich and Linda Dalimonte
   Posted Fri December 14, 2018
We're so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Our condolences to the family. We always enjoyed a good conversation with Bob.

Rev. Fr. Ben J. Paris
   Posted Sun December 16, 2018
To the Family of Bob Collia:

My sincerest sympathies to your family on Bob's death. I knew him for many years and mainly from our time at the Christopher Columbus Hall. Bob was a very dedicated member of the Hall and truly loved his Italian heritage. Your family will be in my prayers during the coming days. Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life..." and He also said: "I am the Resurrection and the Life." May these words bring hope and peace to you. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him...Amen...

Linda Cook
   Posted Sun December 16, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Helen. Bob will surely be missed by many.

Judy Wilke
   Posted Sun December 16, 2018
Bob was one of my favorite customers at the Secretary of State...my condolences to the family....

Martin & Ruth Smolarz
   Posted Mon December 17, 2018
May God give you strength at this time of your loss of Bob. We had him in our prayers.

Good Bless

Martin & Ruth

Ken and Sue Feldman
   Posted Mon December 17, 2018
Bob has been a life long friend, he will be truly missed at the cabin up on
lake shore drive "Brimley". Our condolences to the family.

Rita Carleski
   Posted Fri December 28, 2018
Helen, Been praying for all of you since I left the Soo in September. I just found the notice of Bob's passing. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family. God Bless. Rita from Georgia

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