William George Collier, 79, passed away Friday, January 7, 2011, at Colonial
He was the loving husband of Anne (McCann) Collier, to whom he was
married 55 years. A celebration of life memorial service will be held 2 p.m.
Friday, January 21, 2011, at National Presbyterian Chapel, 4101 Nebraska
Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 20016, with the Rev. Eunice T. McGarrahan
A reception will immediately follow at the church. Heffner Funeral Chapel &
Crematory, Inc., 1551 Kenneth Road, York, is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Collier was born February 9, 1931, in Washington, D.C., a son of the late
George F. and Mary (Cain) Collier.
He was a graduate of Central High School, Washington, D.C., the U.S.
Naval Academy class of 1955, and later graduated from George Washington
University with a Master's in International Relations in 1968. After 26 years of
Naval service, he was an employee of St. Onge Ruff and Associates, York,
for 17 years until his retirement in 1997.
Mr. Collier was a U.S. Navy veteran serving his country during Vietnam and
Korean Wars. He was a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni
Association, the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, Military Officers
Association, and a life member of U.S. Naval Athletic Association. He was a
member of National Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of
LaFayette/DuPont Lodge #19, Farm and Natural Lands Trust of York, and
York County Heritage Trust.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Collier is survived by two sons, Dr. William G.
Collier, Jr. and wife, Toni of Washington, D.C., and John R. Collier and wife,
Beth of Silver Spring, Md.; a daughter, Mary F. Collier of Big Timber, Mont.;
five grandchildren, Casey and Jamie Collier of Washington, D.C., Leland
Bennett of Big Timber, Mont., Megan McAuliffe and husband, Robert of
Australia, and Jeremy Bennett and wife, Holly of Baltimore, Md.; two
great-grandsons, Henry and Benjamin; and nephew, John J. Fuka and wife,
Jill, and their three children, all of Clifton, Va. He was preceded in death by a
sister, Mary Collier.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Farm and Natural
Lands Trust, 156 N. George St. #300, York, PA, 17401. Send Condolences
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on January 12, 2011