Just a memory for you -- I happened to be at Jason's high school graduation and the thing that stood out in my mind was first, he stood out, and up, and was smiling at everyone he passed. Everybody seemed to know him and he acknowledged them all. I was saddened to hear of his passing at the time, and though I didn't know him personally, it was a loss I, too, felt. May your memories give you peace.
Gone too soon. please be assured that you will see your loved one again. This promise is found in tne 5th chapter of the Gospel John at verses 28 and 29.
my thoughts and prayers to jasons family rip jason may god bless the family and be with them and keep them safe and sound
so sad ive just found out, i whent to jnr school in chiswick,london with him, i'm so very sorry,god bless you!!!.
Back in the 9th grade, I used to follow the top high school basketball players in the country. Mr. Collier was one of them. When it's all said and done, though, basketball is so small when a person looks at the whole scope of things. I'm sure Jason was a very well rounded person. (Acts 24:15)
Dear Mr. Collier's family, please accept my warmest sympathies and be comforted knowing God is "near to those that are broken at heart and those who are crushed in spirit he saves." (Psalm 34:18) He can give us power beyond what is normal to go on from one day to the next (2 Corin. 4:7)
What a remarkable person Jason was and I wish he was still here today. Our life on this earth is so short and we need to keep in mind that God has plans for us, on earth and in heaven. Jason is still an insperation and roll model and we must all do our best to follow the path that God has put before us.
I remember hearing of Jason's passing and it really struck me as especially tragic and sad. Now, almost three years later, I thought of it randomly and it made me sad again. I remembered the tribute video on NBA.com, it made me realize how great of a human being Jason was. A real classy, down-to-earth and funny guy. I picked him on my fantasy basketball team in 2005 shortly after his passing as a small tribute to him. So very sad, I hope his wife and daughter, and the rest of his family are well. You are missed Jason, even by those who never knew you bro.
my names Jason Collier and i searched my name on google and this is what came up.. sorry to hear about his passing RIP
I watched Jason since he was a rookie for the rockets. He was a very hard-working and dedicated guy. It's really sad to know him gone being so young. God Bless..
I was an undergrad at Duke when Jason was an undergrad at Georgia Tech. Watching him play against us, I was always impressed with the way he carried himself. He seemed like such a a genuine, decent guy with no vanity despite being the best player on Tech's team. God bless him and his family.
I was very impressed by the tribute given to Jason by his fellow basketball team at Catholic Central.
after all of these years, people still send their happy wishes and prayers out to your family and i do too. god bless you jason and may your legacy live a long time
We will never ever forget you Jason! We love Katie and Ella as our own and we'll continue to nurture them and pray for your family. You went to heaven all too soon, but we will meet again some day. We continue to shead tears in missing you but know you are in a safe "heaven". We will meet you some day again up there and will help keep a close eye on your family. They are in pain but know that God will love and keep them until they meet you in heaven one day. We miss and love you and Katie too ohh...Ella too!
Amy and Greg Spivia
Today would have been Jason's 29th birthday. Please keep Jason's Family in your prayers today.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Jason was a great man, and he proved that every day he was here with us. I met Jason when I was in high school during a charity game with local talent matched against incoming IU recruits. He spoke with me and signed a basketball for me and I will never forget that. God bless the Collier family.
Excellent tribute to Collier. We will all miss you.
It was really sad that he died.
It is still a shock that this talented young man was lost during his prime. We must cherish every minute we have with our love ones. Jason would want us to remember that.(Luke 23:43)
An excellent and classy tribute to a fine young man.
I WISH JASON'S FAMILY THE BEST AND BLESS THEM
My heart and prayers are with your family and may god continue to keep you strong. Jason's spirit will forever live on.
During this time of the year it is extremely difficult to deal with the loss of a love one. My family prays for the family of this young hero Jason Collier. Find strength and refuge in the lord. Because in he there is no failure. No situation to big to handle and no problem to hard to solve. God bless you all.
It is a sad day when you loose one so young. My heart goes out to his family. May God keep you strong through this difficult time.
Hi just wanted to let you know me and my wife are praying for you and your family. We enjoyed watching jason play and he will be missed our prayers are with you.Gods speed jason
Belated condolences on the untimely loss of this great individual. If only there were more NBA players who would adopt Jason's role model image. He gave so much while he was here and he will live on in those loving, charitable, and unselfish acts. God Bless You, Jason. You have surely earned a place in His heavens.
As a huge Hawks fan I paid attention to every Atlanta player. But few have stood out the way Jason did. Not just for his basketball abilities but more for his love and commitment to his wife and kids. Thats what impressed me and what I enjoyed the most from the tribute video. May the peace of God guard the hearts and minds of the Collier family.
Jason always played the game the right way! He will be missed very much!
The first player that always came to my mind, and my favorite Atlanta Hawks player was, Jason Collier, Jason always gave in 100% for his team, and had a good heart for every one around him,I think the Atlanta Hawks, should retier his jersey and # 40, because there was 1 Jason Collier, and there will always be 1 Jason Collier. You are truly gonna be missed, by your family, friends, NBA family, The Atlanta Hawks, NBA fans and the people you helped out throughout your life, Our prayers are always going to be with you, R.I.P JC # 40
condolence to the bereaved family of the late Jason Collier
I was touched when I saw the Hawks Lakers game and they had the tribute to Jason. God Bless Jason and his Family
It is so sad to hear that Jason died so young and tragically. I hope that the promises of the true God at Rev. 21:3,4 will comfort your family.
I am saddened with the passing of Jason Collier. I wish his family and friends a good luck on living a life wthout him. Best of luck to Jason and I hope God will put Jason in heaven and take care of him.
May God comfort all in need.
i would like to say is that i am a b-ball fan and my heart gos out to you
Joyce, Jeff & Family
I attended the student service at catholic central, the public service at catholic central, the NE-CCHS football game and have watched the 8 min tribute on nba.com several times. I have been very touched by this situation.
I'll never forget jason helping me to run a soccer practice, when he was in the 3rd grade and I didn't know what to do when the head coach couldn't make practice.
Also, I very much appreciated it when Jason and Tony visted my 90 yr old neighbor Elwood Pitzer who was the head coach of the 1950 Spfld High state champs. It was a very exciting day for Elwood (and me).
We think of you and pray for you often.
- Pat Hearlihy & Family
hi my name is d, i saw you play vs my favorite team miami on many of occasions. each time you played us u got better and better, i wish we could of traded for you, but best of luck where ever your life has taken you, thanks for the good times, best of luck to the hawks, and maybe they can win the big one for you
I am so sorry that Jason had to die. He was only young and never one a title. I hope that he is in a better place now. The Hawks will have to work EXTRA hard to move on without him.
I am sorry to hear about the death of Jason Collier. I give my thoughts and pray to his family
I always enjoyed to see you play the game of basketball. You will always be remembered.
I am a high school friend of Jeff Collier and I was very saddened to hear of your loss. Thinking of you. Patty
The Collier Family
My heart and prayers are with you at this time as you grieve.
Just remember Jason is looking down on you everyday watching you in everyway.
I didn't know jason or much about him. but he looked like a nice guy from picture and stuff that i see.
good luck to your family as you continue down the road of struggle and i will continue to pray for you
I will always remeber Jason Collier as a great guy, who was my host during my official visit at Georgia Tech (as a basketball prospect), while I was trying to decide between colleges after i graduated from High School. I am writing this all the way from Russia, because that's where I am playing professional ball at, but I will keep Colliers family in my prayers and thoughts.
The Collier Family,
I had the pleasure of knowing Jason for most of his life. From having his mother as my Kindergarten teacher, to swimming on the Lakewood swim team together, to graduating Catholic Central in 1996! Jason has literally always been someone I've looked up to. He was a ray of sunshine where ever he went. I will never forget the laughter he brought to the room when he entered or that beautiful smile he flashed always at the right time.
I didn't keep in touch with Jason when he went to college or on to the NBA as much as I would have liked to. Having two children of my own, it is hard to do anything that you would "like to do!" However, whenever I had the opportunity to see Jason in town it was always exciting. I remember the night up at Heroes when I had the chance to meet the woman Jason was to marry; Katie! You always wish someone the best and I don't think Jason could have found better.
Katie, you are an amazing person and I really admire you and your strength. The one thing that really gets to me these days is seeing pictures of Jason and Ella. You can see in his eyes how proud he was of her. As a parent, I have a hard time dealing with that, the loss of her father that she will never really know. I know you will always remind her how much he loved her.
I pray that you find comfort throughout this difficult time through the many memories you shared. I will forever treasure my friendship with Jason and he will never be forgotten.
To the family of the "gentle giant",Jason will be missed by everyone,my son is now 16 years old and he was talking to me about how larger than life Jason was to a bunch of 5 and 6 year olds...he laughed when he recalled walking around Mrs.Collier's class with Jason's shoes on and the only comfort that I could give him was that they were and are going to be some big shoes to feel,my child couldn't understand why god took him at such a young age...I explained to him that god does nothing without a purpose we may not understand,and may not ever but to his family take comfort in knowing that he is in a better place.Gone but never forgotten..may god bless his family...thank you for the opportnity of knowing your son,brother,husband and dad...
My deepest sympathy to Mr. Collier's family. I understand personally, having lost my 26 year old husband in nearly the same manner (cardiac arrest) in 2000. The journey along the road of grief is a difficult one and my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Atlanta will miss his talents as well.
We knew Jason through his mother, Mrs. Collier who is a wonderful person and teacher. Jason seemed to share that same warmth and friendliness.
Our thoughts are with the entire family. Jason will never be forgotten. The Justice Family
My heart is heavy with your loss, but I'm find comfort knowing he is now where we all strive to go sooner or later. May God be with you in this most difficult time.
I knew Jason through other sports (and through goofing off). He was a swimmer, soccer player, and a heck of a good pickle-ball player. I remember this amazingly intense/funny face that he had when taking a breath (breast stroke, a stroke that no one could beat him in). He'd win the race and then hop out of the pool and seek fun. He had this great owl sound that would carry across the pool. It sounds pretty random, but it was great. Yep, everybody's right, he was a born laugher. And I'll never forget his 40 yard game winning boot while the referee was counting down the remaining 10 seconds of a middle-school traveling soccer team. He tucked it in the side netting. We tackled him to the ground.
Just wanted to share a perspective, and extend a warm regard to Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, Wife, and Daughter. Long Live Jason Collier.
I can't imagine what Jason's family is going through. I do know that time heals but it takes just that, time. I'm so sorry for your loss. From what I've read, Jason was a class act on and off the court. People like Jason are hard to find these days and that includes basketball. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. Regards, Jana Everitt
Many knew this young man for his talents on the court and maybe even his comedic personality off of it.
We are proud friends of the Collier's, to have watched him grow from a little boy, barely coming up to his father's knee, to become someone so dear to all he touched. This Guest Book, and all who attended his funeral and memorial services, are a reflection of the love for this great man.
Katie, Ella, Jeff, Joyce, Julie and Jarod can rest assured that they will always have our hearts with them as we continue to remember how he brought us smiles every day. And always will.
Ella, I especially want you to know that your father will continue to be the role model of men for many years to come. He truly loved you and your mother. We need more like him in this world.
Katie, at the memorial service in Springfield, I told you about my fondest memory of Jason...when he was a little boy and we fished for bass in the little pond at the annual company picnic. He wore that incredible smile, dimple and all, when he reeled in those fish! That's how I will remember him..as a fisherman among men, bringing us joy and comfort. Always having a love of the water.
We look forward to watching Ella grow and share that same dimpled smile we've come to know and love in Jason.
God Bless you!
in the words of scotlands greatest poet "WILL YE NO COME BACK AGAIN"
sadly missed thinking of his family god bless
I will always remember the great person, and hard worker.
I truelly do not know or what to say I have looked and watch jasons history of his lifetime..and was very saddend to hear that a young person with so much going for him..that a tragety had happend my condolenses & sympathy to his wife and Daughter & all his family..All I have heard about Jason is good things from a friend of mine who is from springfield & his name is Jason too & I know he is sadden by jason's collier tragety..Jason Collier Not only supported basketball But he supported everything he done..this is why I want to say something...But also to say Jason is in Gods hands now...I am very touched by this remarkable mans story...God Bless you Jason Collier. From Jamie Iverson (England)
To the Collier Family,
I don't know what to say other then you are in our prayers. We will all remember the time we spent with him. I will never forget playing basketball with you guys in our driveway! What a hoot!
Remember the joy!
The Rockhold Family.
MAY U REST IN PEACE JASON AND TO THE FAMILY STAY STRONG
To Joyce, Jeff and Family:
We were so sorry to hear about Jason. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May all the Wonderful Memories that you have of Jason help you thru the days ahead..
The Staff at Mercy Rehab Center
My dad was Jason's high school basketball coach. My brother and I had the chance to be the ball boys for the team, even during the team's two trips to state. There are no words to express the way I felt when I heard the news of Jason's death. It seemed as though four years of memories with the young Jason Collier flashed through my mind in a second. He was a huge role model for me as a young kid. I still have pieces of the backboard he shattered and pieces of the nets from the trips to state.
All of my simpathy goes out to all of the family memebers. Jason is greatly missed but tremendously remembered as a great person and a model for all of us. God doesn't give us anything we can't handle. Sometimes the cross seems too heavy to bare, but these are the times that God is with us the most. God Bless you all, and know that you are in all of our prayers.
I never met Jason Collier, but I watch him on television while he was with Georgia Tech and the Hawks. He was a great example of a role model. Playing the game the way he should and conducting himself as a true gentle. God bless him, may he rest in peace. He is a player I will never forget. James T. Biggs.
I met Jason at Bobby Knight's baketball camp on admission day when I was enrolling my son. He was kind enough to have his picture taken with my son and give him an autograph. He was a gentle giant, a kind, soft-spoken man, and my prayers are with his family. God Bless.
I never met Mr.Jason Collier face to face but I was able to admire his presence for just a short while. It was 1997 when I witness a reflection of "a fathers pride" . They both had just purchased a pair of shoes from a FootLocker Store I once managed in Springfield Ohio. I was not from Springfield but from Cleveland Heights, Ohio. The Colliers were preparing for a big high school tournament game against my home town high schoolers: The Cleveland Heights High Tigers led by J.R Bremer. Mr Collier Sr. revealed a gold ribbon of pride for his son, it was beautiful to see a father and son leave with such promise ahead. I once hope'd to see Mr. Jason Collier in a Cleveland Cavalier Uniform along side Mr. Bremer a few years ago..how sweet that would have been for Ohio. I will never foreget the look on Seniors face as he left my store that day in Springfield's UpperValley Mall, my prayers go out to you and your entire family and friends.
Al A. Norvell - Richmond Heights, Ohio
Jason will be missed greatly. He will be missed off the court as much as on; my thoughts and prayers go out to the Hawks team and organization, and especailly to Jason's family.
To the Collier Family,
I was a freshman when Jason was a senior and took our team to the state championship. Jason was more than just an incredible basketball player. He was caring, kind, and would go out of his way to make someone feel comfortable. Even though I was only a freshman, he treated me with the same respect as he did everyone else. Jason was a true humanitarian and he will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace JC #40
I just wanted to say that I send my condolences to Jason's family and I will say a special pray for them.
I watched Jason play at IU, never missed a game. He was a tremendous player, and an even better person. When he came to play for the Rockets, I was thrilled to be able to watch him play again. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Collier family, Katie and his daughter, the Atlanta Hawks organization and the NBA. Jason will be missed!
All our love and prayers go out to the family and close friends of Jason Collier. When I heard the news it took about three days for it to sink in that this was really happening. He is always in our hearts and thoughts! Lori (Frost) Bush and family
First and foremost, I offer my deepest sympathy to Jason's family. I have met his parents a couple times, but never had the privilege of meeting his siblings or his wife and child. I know Jason from way back, early days of grade school, playing basketball against each other, and then at Catholic Central, where I was one year ahead of him. I was always impressed during high school with the modest way Jason carried himself. It would be so easy to let all the attention go to your head, especially in high school, but Jason always seemed to keep his ego in check. He came over to my friend’s house around New Year’s eve of 1997 to tell us that he just signed with Georgia Tech. He was so excited! Sharing that excitement was something Jason seemed to enjoy greatly. I saw Jason a few years ago, and he gave me his number, told me to call him and he'd get me tickets to see one of his games and then we'd go out afterwards. I always meant to take him up on that, but kept putting it off. Now I wish I hadn't. Jason was quick to smile, pleasant to talk to, a genuine guy. We have lost one of the good ones. Rest in peace, Jason.
Dear Collier Family,
My prayers are with you for your loss. May the Lord of all Host continue to smile upon you and your family. God bless you!
Jason was a great guy! My memories of Jason are many. We went to a dance together when he was in 7th grade and I was in 8th at Northridge. We dressed up like "hippies". I could hardly dance with him because he was so tall! I kept in touch with Jason even though he went to Catholic Central and I went to K.R. Once at my parents house in High School, he broke a piece of workout equipment goofing around on it. When he became a "celebrity" that was my dad's claim to fame! I'm praying constantly for his wife and daughter, who is 2 months older than my own son. I am also praying for his parents, brother, sister and friends. Jason was a wonderful person who will be soarly missed. God Bless the Collier family and be with them during their tragedy. I hope the wonderful memories you have will make you smile instead of cry when you think of him!
Hi, I just wanted to say that I am so sorry for your loss. I go to Catholic Central and attended a basketball camp here where Jason came and helped out. I just wanted to let the family know that I am keeping them in my prayers.
Dear Collier Family,
I was saddened when I heard about Jason. My teenaged son is a Hawks fan and especially of Jason. He will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
my thoughts and prayers are with you all always.i'm 29 and i lost my husband 3 years ago and we have 2 girls,1 boy.it is very hard be together still as one family you will need each other.always think and talk about how wonderfull he was and hold that close to you and that baby.you are in my heart!!!!
I never had the chance to meet Jason but Im sure he was a great guy. I remember hearing alot about him when I was in middle and high school. Being in the navy I hear all news late but I was shocked when my mom called me and told me about his passing. My thought and prayers are with the whole Collier family. Take care and keep your heads up Jasons watching. RIP Jason
Wow. Looking through this guest book it is obvious to me that Jason sure touched a lot of lives. I know that he touched mine and I can't begin to express the sadness I feel for his family and close friends. I am still in shock by all of this. I remember going to most of the basketball games when Cental won state in 1996. I would even go to games that were pretty far away with my Uncle Mike, my cousin Steve and my brother Joey, which was sometimes a big deal being a nerdy girl in junior high and all, but they were such a fun team to watch. I felt like a part of the team almost. I had these shamrock earings that had to be turned the right way so that they would do well. My friend Shannon always made sure they were turned the correct way when things didn't seem to be going their way. I remember all the big name coaches coming to the CCHS gym to watch Jason play. It was amazing. I remember the celebration Central had after they won state. I had this little green notepad and got the whole team's autograph's. After learning about what happened I looked for that notebook and actually found it. Looking through it I realized that Jason signed his name twice in it. I think that says a lot. Here he was signing all these autographs and took the time to sign mine twice. Jason did so much for the Catholic Central community and will be deeply missed. He won't just be missed for the talent he brought to the court, but what he brought to others lives. My cousin Steve has down's syndrome and Jason was his idol. He always talked about him. Steve turned 40 this year and had a huge party. He received some pretty awesome gifts, but the highlight of his day was the fact Jason, along with his wife and daughter, came. Steve's facial expression when Jason would come and talk to him was priceless. Steve would just light up whether he was talking to him or talking about him. Following Jason's career through Steve has been an incredible experience. He will be greatly missed but his legacy will definitely live on.
You may not remember me, I sat behind you at UT in a health class (possibly Dr. Jordan's Death and Dying class) and I remember you always talking about Jason. When I heard the news of his death I nearly fell to the ground. I couldn't believe that out of 5 people I met during college one of them was you, his sister. It was just really wierd. I feel horrible for you and the rest of your family. I can't say that I know how you feel because I don't. I do have a brother and I can't imagine ever losing him. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Please email me if you feel like chatting. I can also send my cell #. Please also let me know if you are still in Toledo, I imagine you've graduated by now. I will continue to pray for you and your family during this time. I am so sorry for your loss.
God bless the Collier family and friends
Dear Collier familiy,
I just came from holidays and I saw this message. I'm simply shocked and I can't say much more. I just can say that Jason will ever be in my memories.
Thanks, to a great NBA Player.
Who was Jason Collier? He was a Basketball Star from Springfield.
He was also, A Wonderful Son, Brother, Husband and a Loving Father, and a Friend to a great many people.
We were shocked to hear about the passing of Jason. We remember seeing Jason around Springfield while he was younger. Following his basketball career in High School and then in College, he was definetly the pride of Catholic Central and Springfield. He never acted like he was special, we know the pain will be in all of your hearts for a long time. We hope as time goes by the pain will soften and wonderful memories replace some of the tears.
Our Prayers and thoughts will be with you all.
The Tom Geiger Family
Where do I start words can not express the sadness I feel for everyone who has had the opportunity to know Jason. I have had the opportunity to have known Jason for a extremely long time. I can remember days of watching Jason at their home in Northridge when my brother was always present because they were always together. My heart goes out to all of us who knew him not only on a personal level but on a professional level as well. Time will pass but Jason's life long memories will never be forgotten. We will never understand why God took Jason so prematurely,but we do know that one day we will see him again. Jason you will be sadly missed.
Tears will soon pass but the love for your son, brother, and husband will last for eternity.
Dear Collier Family,
I was saddened to read about Jason. I was one of his swim team coaches when he was little (in age that is, he was NEVER little) I will always remember his gigantic smile. The people in Springfield, Ohio will always remember him.
To The Collier Family
My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you. Jason was a wonderful person. I remember coaching Julie in softball and Jason was always there to help be a base coach or anything that you needed him to help with. I followed the papers closely and was always amazed by Jason's accomplishments in basketball and life. Joyce, you had my Lindsey in kindergarten. I too know the grief of losing a child. There are no words to console you or make things easier from day to day right now. Just know that you are in my prayers and one day you will be reunited again. God had a much bigger plan for your wonderful son and God Bless you all.
My heart and prayers go out to the Collier family it was tragic to learn about the passing of Jason he will be missed by evryone may god rest his soul R.I.P. Jason you will be missed god bless.
I pray for the family and friends of this talented young man
I never actually got to meet Jason, but I felt like I knew him well. Going to college and rooming with Tyson, we heard plenty about Jason, on and off the court. I've followed his career like he was a high school teamate of my own, rooting for him no matter where he played. (those GT teams especially) It is a shame and a tragedy to lose someone so young, so talented, and so obviously loved by so many.
Jason, I will be thinking of your whole family, especially your wife and daughter, but do not worry, they will be taken care of, they will not be alone.
To Katie, Ella, and the Collier family,
I would like to extend my deepest and heartfelt condolences. I was in a complete state of shock when I heard the news about Jason.
I fondly remember the wonderful afternoon last summer when I shared in the celebration of his contract signing at your lake house. I felt priveleged to not only meet you, but even be able to hold your beautiful daughter. It was a treat for me, when Jason and I told soccer stories from our younger days in Springfield. He was such a great guy and humble professional. I will pray for you and Ella during these tough times.
Like many who have sent their condolences I to was touched with many I have read. I to lost a son who was 25 and had a daughter 1 year old. Last night when I read the article in the Springfield News and Sun I thought of my granddaughter when I read what Jasons daughter said and I could not help but cry. God bless each of you.
No Person is Ever Truly Alone
No person is ever truly alone.
Those who live no more,
Whom we loved,
Echo still within our thoughts,
Our words, our hearts.
And what they did
And who they were
Becomes a part of all that we are,
My condolences to Jason's wife and daughter, Ella. My sympathies to his dad, mom, sister and brother. I truly enjoyed watching Jason play whether it was at Catholic Central, IU, Georgia Tech, Rockets or Hawks. I was so proud of the 1996 SCC team that won the state title. Even though I was from KR i was proud because these boys were from Springfield. I knew then Jason was headed for bigger and better things. Jason was truly blessed with God given talent but more importantly God gave Jason a gentle spirit which he displayed every day. God truly broke the mold when he made Jason. I hate that Jason was taken at such a young age but marvel at all that he accomplished in 28 years. He was truly one of a kind and Springfield will miss him very much. Rest in Peace Jason Collier.
On behalf of the Bloomfield family, I would like to extend our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to the Collier and Weseman families. What a tremendous loss and Jason will surely be missed! We have such wonderful memories of Jason when he was at Catholic Central, IU, Georgia Tech and Atlanta. The excitement and happiness that he brought to our family over the years was amazing. From "draft night" in June of 2000, Katie and Jason's wedding in July of 2001 and not to mention my first NBA game in March of 2004 and everything in between. We were truly proud of him! We are equally as proud to have had to opportunity to share in those momentous occasions in Jason's life and they will surely never be forgotten!!!
To Katie: Our prayers will be with you always! Just know that God does indeed hold you in the palm of His hand and will comfort you in this time of great sadness. Know that the entire Catholic Central community is praying for your family during this time. God Bless you and little Ella.
With deepest sympathy,
Tom, Rose, and Tracey Bloomfield(CCHS '94)
My eyes fill with tears, and my heart aches as I read many of these condolences. I too have lost a loved one, and I share your pain. May God bless you.
Dear Ella, Katie,Donna, Ed and the entire Collier Family,
I used to work with Donna in Alpharetta. I knew who Jason was long before she told me that he had married Katie. You see, I'm a big basketball fan. I'm a fan of the players who really play. Not the ones with all the "bling". I played basketball all the way through college. I played on a team of hard working,smart players(we had to be-our coach demanded a 3.0 average) The first time I saw Jason play was at a Georgia Tech game. I took my daughter and her friends to the game. He impressed me so much that I followed his career from that point on. When I finally got the chance to meet him in person...WOW...the man I met was exactly as I expected him to be. He was a gentle giant. He was what every mother wants her son to be. He doted on Katie. His love for her was evident in his eyes and his actions.
Katie, I know your heart is raw right now. When I lost Stephen in 1978 and I was pregnant with Stephanie, my entire world shut down. I want you to know that you can and will be able to do the things you have to do. You have a great support staff. Your mom and dad are TOPS! Your mom will walk over hot coals for you...mine did. Your dad is quiet like mine was, but trust me, his heart is as big as his smile. The Collier family, although I've never had the pleasure to meet them, are a great and beautiful family...I know because they raised and taught Jason to be the man you fell in love with. Keep your love alive in your heart and remind Ella everyday what a wonderful Daddy she has! He is there with her everywhere she goes. I love you guys and I hope to talk to you soon. If you need anything...and I do mean it...just call me! Rest in Peace, Jason, you are still my Hero!!!
Love you all,
I never knew Jason, but after watching video of him I could see our Lord Jesus Christ was in his heart. Your loss is now heaven's gain , may God's peace be with those who mourn.
So sad to hear of Jason's death. I lost my brother a few weeks back and its such an empty feeling. No one knows until they have walked in your shoes of the pain. My brother was only 55 with no illness just never woke up. Doctor said it was heart attack. I feel the pain of your family but take comfort in knowing that although we cannot see Jason he is smiling down on us and we will see our loved ones again someday. God
Bless his family.
My heart broke when I learned the news of this great young mans passing....no so much for him (I know he is in a better place now) as much as for his family and loved ones. I watched him grow and develop, first at Indiana University, then later at Ga. Tech, and always admired his work ethic and what a fine young man he grew to be...both on and off the court. I'll miss you Jason...but only for a little while.
Indiana University class of 76
I was so saddened to hear of Jason's death. While I didn't personally know him, my family and I meet him the day his daughter was born. My nephew, Christian, was born that same day, @ Northside. I remember talking to the family as we all waited to hear the great news of new life. I remember talking to Donna, his mother-in-law and how proud she was of him. Of course, with his height, as soon as he walked through the waiting room, we knew who he was, he smiled and waved. He was on his way to see his wife.
My whole family is very sad. I am happy to hear of Jason's faith. I work within walking distance of the church, where the service was held, it made me sad to see the police and know where they were going. I am sure Jason is watching with God and had no idea how special he was to so many people. Our prayers and thoughts are with the whole family.
Karen Cole Douglas
i am so sorry for your loss. i know nothing anybody says or does will make jason's death any easier but always remember the good times and never forget people out in the world do care even strangers
I was a sophomore at Catholic Central when Jason led our team to the state championship which is one of those fun high school memories I will never lose. I have since followed Jason's career and have always been proud to tell friends that I went to high school with Jason. I think that is of course related to his basketball skills but more importantly I know from walking the CCHS halls with Jason, seeing him in church in our parish, and throughout the community that my pride in knowing him comes from what a wonderful person he was. He was truly one of the good guys. When I read the tragic news of Jason's passing while at work Saturday I was deeply saddened. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, daughter, parents, siblings, and friends. While this is a difficult time for you, you can certainly be proud of what a wonderful person he was. Jason was kind to everyone he ever ran into and will be remembered fondly with the same smiles he shared with us.
Dear Katie and family,
I want to tell you how very much my thoughts and prayers are with you. I work for Dr.O'Brien, your dentist in Houston. What a beautiful family...your's and Jason's love showed even at a dentist office visit. We said a prayer the morning of the funeral, and Doc's voice cracked up, he really thought alot of Jason. Your family is in our prayers daily. We feel so blessed to have known him.
Words can't express the sorrow. Your family is in my families prayers. Jason was a good man and will be missed.
i am really sad rest in peace jason i love you god bless
i really feel bad of what had happen to him i feel really sad right now i cant believed what happen i just went to the atlanta hawks website and it said he died that was really depressing i wish luck for his family god bless
This news has saddened my heart for the past few days. I have lost loved ones before, but never in a situation like you have had. I was friends with Jason at IU. When I heard the news all I could think about was you. I am so happy that he was able to find true love, to have a family, and to reach so many of his dreams. He accomplished many more things than most people do in a full lifetime. As a wife and mother of small children, I pray for you and your daughter daily. In the short time I knew him I discovered that he was an amazing human being; honest, kind, ambitious, and was able to touch lives wherever he went. As time passes, please know that there are many people thinking of you. If you ever need to talk or just hear a story of his life, please write.
Jeff & Joyce,
It is so hard to believe that I just talked to you a few weeks ago and as we talked about Jason, I could see the love and just how proud of him you both are. You are both so blessed to have such a wonderful family. I am so sorry for your loss and you are in my thoughts and prayers everyday. Your road ahead may be a bumpy one, but I believe with the grace of God, time does heal all wounds. Jason, your son, will be sadly missed by us all.
A parent's worst nightmare is the death of a child, no matter what his age. I imagine it is the strongest test of one's Faith. While I feel badly for the whole family, I feel especially bad for Jason's parents. Mr and Mrs Collier, I hope you feel blessed for the happy times with Jason, and remember that God is with your family always.
The Twenty Third Psalm
The Lord is my sheherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me: Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil: my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
May God Bless You And Your Family In This Time Of Sadness.
May God give you His peace and comfort, during this most difficult time. We serve a God who is able to bring blessings out of burdens, triumphs out of tragedies, and fruit out of frustration. Remeber that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.All things work together for good, to them that love God, and are the called according to His purpose. May God continue to bless you.
My thoughts and prayers go to Jason's family and friends. From the few times I had the pleasure of meeting him, and the countless stories, it was easy to see how good of a person he was. RIP JC
Well I am not real sure where to start. Jason was my best friend in the entire world! I have known Jason since the time I could walk, we were teammates at CCHS and roommates during all 4 years during the season. We rode to school everyday and had millions of laughs together. I am extremely saddened my this tragedy and it will take some time to get over this loss. I wish his beautiful daughter the best in the world and she will always have an uncle here to look after her! My thoughts and prayers are with Jeff, Joyce, Julie, Jared, Katie, Ed & Donna and the rest of the Weseman family. Please know that I am here for each and every one of you and will continue to support all of you. I know that Jason will be watching over me for the rest of my life and he will always hold a very special place in my heart. I have not only lost a best friend, I have lost a brother. I have thousands of memories of Jason and those will be the things that will always make me look up and smile years from now. I love you Jason, you will be missed more than you know!
I was at home on Saturday watching the Buckeyes play when I saw that Jason had died. My mother taught with his when they were at St. Mary's. I remember when I was in the 3rd grade and he was in Kindergarden, we played basketball (he was tall even back then) at the annual picnic and I beat him : ). I watched him grow up into a superstar basketball player, but one could easily tell that he was very level-headed and I had always heard of how much he was always giving back to Springfield. For everyone who knew him, it was a pleasure. The last time I saw him play was at a tournament here in Columbus, he nodded his head at me.. Great kid, I always rooted for him, along with most of Springfield. My prayers are with his family and his wife and child. Rest in peace, Jason.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I had the pleasure of meeting Jason and your family when he was the local McDonald's All American. He was a bright young man, full of promise for the future. I work with McDonald's Corporation, your family was gracious and Jason will be remembered for his kind and gentle demenor.
Jason was a special part of Simon Kenton Elementary. He would come visit his mom's kindergarten classes. Our children came home excitedly carrying a picture that Joyce took with Jason surrounded by her class. Our children loved telling stories of meeting him, trying on his shoes, and expressing "how cool" he was.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! Matt, Laurie, Jordan, and Megan
My heart and prayers go out to the Collier family. Jason, it has been awile since we have been close, but I will always carry so many memories of when we were younger.
Hello, My name is Taylor Tanksley. I did not know very much about Sir, Jason. until i saw the shocking news. It even hurts me to see that someone very good in person has passed. I have to say is hang in there. And remember the most good times. Ella stay in there and remember that daddy is in a good place. You too Mrs. COllier. And I know the NBA as a organazation will miss him as well.AS well Will I .
I will keep your Family in our church prayers.
I remember when I was a Junior in High School at Springfield Shawnee and Jason was a Senior at Catholic Central. I had a group project to do for school and me and my group were at the public library trying to complete the assignment when all of a sudden, one of my group memebers spotted Jason. He said, Hey Corey, isn't that your cousin. I said yes. He said, do you think you could get me his autograph? I said what for? He is only in high school. He said, I know, but I just know he's going to make it big someday. So, I went over to Jason and talked with him for a few minutes, then I told him about my friend and how he wanted his autograph. I apologized to him for asking, but he smiled and said...no problem. We got a piece of paper and he personalized the paper to my friend and signed his name. Jason was always that way. If his name wasn't plastered all over the papers, you would never know that he was in the NBA. He was never too good for anyone and he loved everyone. I give my best to Jeff, Joyce, Julie and Jared (good luck in football Jared...I know you'll make your brother proud!).
Corey, Lexi and Brian
My husband and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Collier Family.Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sadness.
Mike and Sara Tumblison
I AM A BIG FAN OF GA TECH AND THE ATL HAWKS. I HAVE FOLLOWED JASON'S CAREER AND THOUGHT THAT HE WAS A GOOD IMPACT PLAYER. JASON YOU WILL BE MISSED, EVERY HAWKS GAME WILL BE DEDICATED TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
BLESSINGS BE WITH YOU COLLIER FAMILY.
REST IN PEACE AND MAY GOD BE WITH YOUR FAMILY IN THIS TIME OF NEED.
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. God Bless.
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Rest in peace Jason.
I was so shocked when my mom called me at work Saturday with the news that Jason Collier had died. I always looked up to him--and not because of his height. I met him when I was 4 or 5 at Lakewood. He was older, about 13 or 14, but he was quite a swimmer. I would see him every summer swimming and shooting around the basketball court and he was always so nice, even to us little guyz.
Years later, when I played basketball at Central, Jason came during the summer to help us with our basketball camps for the kids. He would shoot around with us and he was awesome. My dad took a picture of my friend and I standing next to Jason in 1996 at the celebration after CCHS won State. We came to his waist! I will always treasure that picture and the memory of one fine person that truly made Springfield proud.
Rest in Peace, #40.
I worked with Jason at Indiana as a student manager under Coach Knight from 1995-2000. Jason was always uplifting and enjoyable to be around. He made lasting relationships at every stage of his life. After Jason left Indiana and eventually made it to the NBA, he lived in the same neighborhood as my parents in Houston, TX. Jason and Katie would always give my parents tickets to the games. My Dad loves Jason.
We will miss Jason, but will always keep his spirit alive in our hearts.
My thoughts and prayers are with Jason, the Collier Family and his wife and daughter. Rest in Peace.
I give my condolences to Jason's wife and family. My God be with him.
Jason stopped by our house to drop off or pick up something-I don’t remember what-while we were just finishing the decorating of our Christmas tree one year. We kidded about his perfect timing that only he could reach the top of the 10 foot tree to effortlessly put the star on. In considering his untimely death, I thought, you know, it is like Jason is the gleaming star on our entire family’s tree. He’s proof that good, kind, loving and compassionate people can succeed in the “Big Leagues”. His parents, Joyce & Jeff, did an exemplary job providing him with the strong base of God’s goodness which he chose to continue. The entire Samosky family felt a loving pride in his stardom-as much for who he was and how he handled himself as for his success. We are all mourning his passing.
Bob & Louise Samosky & family
I met Jason a few times, and he seemed totally down-to-Earth and likeable. My heart goes to his friends and family -- Jeff, Editor of InsideHoops.com
God Bless you Jason Thanks
THE COLLIER FAMILY AND NBA LOST A TRUE PROFESSIONAL RIP#40
On behalf of our families, we would like to express our condolences to the entire Collier family. We each have our own special memories of Jason. One of my husband's favorite stories to tell was when Jason was a junior in high school, and they were playing a game of basketball at Lakewood. My husband was so thrilled that he actually stole the ball from Jason. He still to this day goes on and on about it. Jason was a wonderful role model not only to children, but to adults also. He was a true example of how to live life to it's fullest, and enjoy every day. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Monte & Andrea Litteral and Families
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of a gentle giant.
I consider it to have been a blessing and an honor to have met Jason. I offer my prayers and deepest sympathy to the Collier Family, Jason's wife and daughter, and all of Jason's close friends and supporters.
Rest in Peace Jason.
Jason was a very loved person. You can hold on to that in your time of sorrow. I've been very impressed at all of the messages to his family. I didn't know him but he must have been very special and was needed by his Heavenly Father. Hold on to this when the going gets rough. Best Wishes to you all.
One thing I've learned in my 20 years on earth is that life is very short and must be treasured. I know God will take care of you guys in your time of grief with your broken hearts and tears.
May God keep your family. We are praying for you.
We knew you and Jason mostly through my parents who were your neighbors in Greatwood. My husband and I enjoyed stopping and talking to you and Jason when we would walk to their house or when you would walk your dogs down our street. We were disappointed when y'all moved away. We were shocked by the news we heard on Saturday morning. It has really left us with heavy hearts. We pray that God gives you what you need to bear this cross. May you find comfort in Elezan and your memories of Jason. Your memories certainly can't replace Jason, but they can warm your heart in the toughest of times. We will continue to pray for you and Elezan --
With heartfelt sympathy,
Roseane & Keith Bernstein
Jason lived below me his freshman year at IU. My roommate and I became very good friends with Jason and created tons of great memories. Jason loved life and was so fun to be around. He had a very contagious laugh. My words to his family are that the Lord told us that weeping may endure for the night, but joy will come in the morning. I would know that Jason would want us to focus on his life and not his death. In times of sorrow, so many of us look towards God for understanding,reasoning and direction. I know that Jason would want us to do that everyday; not just in our times of need. I love you Jason, and you will be missed by so many. Say "what's up" to my Mom for me. We will see you someday!
To the Collier Family
My deepest and most sincere condolenses. Katie, it seems like not too long ago that we all went to the New Years Eve dinner and concert with all the Tech boys. Jason always made me laugh, he joked so much with all of his roommates. I have always followed Jasons career since then and I know you are so very proud of what he has accomplished. May God Bless you and your daughter during this difficult time.
Jason will always be remembered for the gentle giant he was.
GOD Bless the Collier Family as you endure the pain of losing a love one. May the wonderful memories of Jason forever be with you and sustain you always. All of Atlanta stands with you. GOD Speed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Collier Family. What a tragedy to lose some one so young. The lord must have greater plans for such a special man who have touched the lives of many around the world. I'm sure his legacy will live on in the years to come. His accomplishments great and his kindness greater. I hope God eases your pain as time passes and fill your heart and mind will fun, loving memories.
I pray for Jasons family as they go through this tragic moment. I loved his style on and off the court.I am sure of myself that he will never be forgoten.I pledge to keep his pictures on every basketball trophie I get.One day, I want to be a hardcore b-ball player just like jason
to:the collier family and friends.
from:evan maison, age 11. from decalb county,GA.
My condolences go to the Collier family.I played against Jason in high school and his kindness overcame his size throughout his entire career.He will be missed being that he represented himself with class wherever he was. RIP
To the friends and family of Jason Collier, I'm deeply sorry for your loss.
In a world of egos and prima donnas, Jason was the rarest of rare – an elite athlete and celebrity with a “regular guy” personality. He epitomized all of the characteristics to which we should all aspire: class, dignity, all-out hustle (always), humility, and a true sense of “team first.” I am proud that I got to know him while he was at Tech and will always remember how, every time he came over, he would lift my then 3 year-old daughter up to the ceiling. My heart aches for his family, friends, and teammates – you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Jason, we will miss you.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. I'LL MISS YOU. THOMAS (HAWKS PRODUCTION DEPT.)
My true condolences goes out to this family. Please understand that God gives life and he takes it away.
It's sad, because Jason is so young, but only the almighty father knows best. Keep his legacy alive and god bless.
May God continue to bless the Collier family in their time of grief. You are all in my prayers.
May God comfort the Collier Family at this time. Jason's presence will be missed in Atlanta.
Atlanta Hawks Fans
I'm not even sure how to put my feelings into words..i cant even begin to understand how terrible and sad this is. My deepest sympathies go out to his family and close friends. everyone who knew him or even was a fan knew that he was something special, not only because of his athletic abilities bit bcecause of his heart. I have so many memories of watching him play, seeing him and his family in church, and how he interacted and cared for all of his fans ecpseically the young ones. He will be missed. His is a hero of many, not just for his talent, but because he never let any of it go to his head. He gave back to his roots and embraced them. I will miss Jason, and my prayers are with his family and friends.
may you experience peace during your sadness and loss, knowing that Jason is playing on a truly "all-star" team now!!! God's blessings on you all.
Mr and Mrs Collier,
My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
A true professional....he will be missed. In the days of these high priced players he was a good man who played the game for the love of it. He was a good player for the Rockets and Hawks. The NBA lost a good player may god bless and keep you all thru this.
I became a fan of your son when he transfered to Georgia Tech. I am very sorry for your lost.
PAZ A SUA FAMÍLIA, E A BOA VINDA DO DEUS SEU FILHO.
Jason was a wonderful person and we are grateful for his time representing TEAM Georgia as our Hawks spokesplayer for Safe and Sober Driving. He was warm and kind and a pleasure to be around.
He will be remebered as a hero. Please accept our deepest sympathy and our prayers.
My condolences to Jason's family. I admired him at Georgia Tech and his resurgence with the Hawks.
He will be missed.
my blessing goes out to the family whiching you the best
Remember God love us the best. My prayer goes out to the wonderful family he left behind.
Jeff, Joyce, Julie, Jared, Katie, and Baby Ella,
As I speak for my entire family, you all have been constant in our thoughts and prayers. We feel so horrible that you have to go through losing someone so very special to your lives. We do not wish that on anyone. We just have to believe that there is a better place and our angels were needed up there. Please know that we are here for you. We are lucky to have known Jason. He will show his presence; whether by song, a beautiful sunset, a beautiful cloudless day,or through sweet Ella's eyes. Again we are here for you as many others in the Central community. Lean on us. We will help you through as you did for us 11 years ago.
The NBA and the Cooolier family has just lost a beautiful person to god.
Mr. & Mrs. Collier,
My warmest thoughts go out to you and your family. May God bless you through this shocking tragedy. Remember Jason was God's first and now his gone back home. Be blessed!
Our prayers go out to the family and friends of this wonderful man and athlete.
IT's no secret that GOD's plan is a mystery to all of us...all he asks is that we trust him during a time such as this and keep your son forever in your hearts..Our deepest sympathy, GOD BLESS your family.
So sorry to hear the terrible news of the sudden death of Jason Collier. God bless you and your family you will be missed by alot of people. God knows ALL. My prayers to all his family and friends. Rest in peace.
WHEN MY WIFE MARTHA, DAUGHTER MISTY, AND I SAW THE NEWS SAT. WE SAT DOWN AND CRIED. I CAN NEVER FORGET WHEN YOU AND JASON CAME OVER TO OUR HOUSE TO BRING A SIGNED BASKETBALL TO OUR GRANDSON WILL FOR HIS 1st BIRTHDAY. WE ALL LAUGHED AT HOW JASON HAD TO DUCK HIS HEAD IN OUR DOORWAY. HE HAD THIS SHEEPISH SMILE ON HIS FACE THAT WAS HIS TRADEMARK. MARTHA AND I LOVED TAKING CARE OF YOUR LABS MAX AND HUNTER. I LOST A BROTHER 3 YEARS AGO AND I SUFFER FROM THE WHY QUESTION TOO. I HAVE PRAYED FOR YOU TO HAVE PEACE AND UNDERSTANDING. GOD HAD A REASON FOR WANTING JASON HOME SO EARLY AS WITH MY BROTHER. KNOWING YOU AND JASON HAS ADDED TO OUR LIVES. WE WILL NEVER FORGET THE KIND GENTLE SMILE ON JASONS FACE THAT SEEMED TO BE THERE EVERY TIME I SAW HIM. JUST REMEMBER TO CRY OUT TO JESUS WHEN YOU ARE HURTING CAUSE HE IS THE ONLY TRUE SOURCE OF PEACE AND LOVE IN THIS WORLD. GOD BLESS YOU KATIE AND ELLA. WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR YOU.
THIS IS SUCH A LOSS. I AM TRULY SADDENED TO HEAR THIS MY PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY ESPECIALLY THE WIFE AND DAUGHTER. WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS SUCH A LOSS. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU DAILY AND ALWAYS AND FOREVER GOD BLESS
The lost of such a fine young man will be very hard but, the Lord has it all in his hands. Before time and until the end of time. May GOD be with you and know that you will be missed.
TO THE COLLIER FAMILY:
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU AT THIS TIME OF GRIEF. NO PARENT EVER EXPECTS TO SURVIVE THEIR CHILD, BUT JASON WAS ONLY LENT TO YOU BY GOD FOR THE TIME HE SPENT WITH YOU. TREASURE EVERY MOMENT YOU HAD WITH HIM. GOD NOW HAS JASON IN HIS KEEPING, BUT YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE HIM IN YOUR HEART
I am very sorry to hear about Jason's death and will keep you all in my prayers. I watched Jason play basketball the last few years with the Hawks and loved to see him on the court and grew to love him as apart of Atlanta's organization, but I know he is now in a better place and his memory will live on forever.
My deepest sympathy to the entire Collier family. I remember Jason putting the Catholic Central team on his back to beat my Madeira team 39-38 in the Division IV regional semifinals at the University of Dayton arena. He was a complete player who could score from anywhere on the floor. He was more than gracious in victory complementing our Madeira team in the media following the game. Our community and basketball program are deeply saddened by his passing. May God bless his soul and his family in their time of sorrow.
Head Basketball Coach
Madeira High School
my prayer is that God will comfort the collier family and give them the peace that surpasses all our understanding, amen.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Collier family during their time of loss. Jason seemed to always represent himself and his team the way all professional athletes should.
May God Bless and Keep You.
My wife and I and the rest of the Shay Family would like to send our condolences to Katie, Ella, Jeff, Joyce, Julie and Jared for the loss of Jason. We all grew up with Jason and we all had the privilege to know how great a person he was. I know how hard this is in this sad time. As being a part of the Central Community, Jason respresented himself as classy person, who would go out his way to give back to the community. We all thank Jeff and Joyce for that. They raised a fine young man to be grateful for what he has worked for and to give back to the people who had a hand in it.
Jason will sadly be missed and we ask to please keep the Collier Family in your prayers each and everyday. May God Bless the family, friends, classmates, and the Central Community in this time of need.
To Family and Friends,
you have my deepest sympathy.
As 20-something lifelong residents of Springfield, my husband and I have many memories of Jason. I always thought maybe he would attend our high school, KR, like his sister, but we weren't lucky enough to have him! My husband remembers Jason striking him out in little league :) and I remember watching him swim when we were much younger, and also when he broke the backboard in a game in '95. His loss is still shocking, and I hope his parents know what great children they raised, so polite and never full of themselves. And I hope that Jason's wife will still come and visit our town with their daughter, and know how much this whole town loved Jason.
My deepest regret to the Collier family. Just remember that Jason is in a better place now. Your family must continue to have Faith, and I will keep you in my prayers.
To the Collier Family, You have my deepest sympathy, I can remember my husband and I watching him play basketball with my son Dante'. May he rest in peace. From the DuBose Family.
I worked with Jasons dad Jeff at Select Industries, and only met Jason on one occasion. My family was shocked and saddened by the loss of Jason. Our thought and prayers go out to the Collier Family. May God be with you always.
There are good basketball players but this young man;your son, your husband and father was so much more!He and his light shined brightly!!His goodness & radiance will continue to shine and bring a special dose of Love to all! The Lord's comfort and His Peaceful soothing touch will carry you through a process of Healing."Draw near to God and He will draw near to you" (James 4:8,New testament, Holy Bible)
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Collier family. May God bless you in your time of loss. Jason was truly a class act.
Greg, Lisa and Logan Fitzsimmons
Thoughts and prayers are with the Collier family as they mourn the loss of their loved one. I pray that God will comfort you and grant you peace.
On behalf of Marquis Brokers, we extend our prayers and sympathy to the Collier family, Hawks Organization, NBA and all who Jason Collier has touched in his short time here on earth. Although we did not have the privilige of working with him and his family, we know that he will leave his mark on this team and will truly be missed. Take comfort in knowing that God is there in your time of need to comfort you and give you strength.
We were very sad to hear the news about Jason. Our prayers are with his wife and daughter and his parents and family. What a sock for everyone. We went to watch Catholic Central Play when Jason was there.What a treat that was. Our three sons really enjoyed watching the team and getting to watch Jason. Jason was always so nice to my sons. There was a big following for Jason, people came from everywhere to watch him play. Thanks for the memories. The boys have pictures of Jason they will always cherish. We are truly sorry. Our prayers are with his family. My Great Grandma use to say that the GOOD die young. I know that does not make us feel any better. But it must be true. He was a very special young man. He will truly be missed. Sad day for everyone. Love and Prays
May you find strength in the Lord, and hold tight to Him during this time of great sorrow. Know that many hold you all in prayer. We lift you high so that He may touch your broken heart.
Sorry to hear of the loss of one so young, my condolences.
My sympathy to your family on your loss of a son and a husband. My prayers are with you family.
Jeff, Joyce, and Jared,
We are so saddened to here about Jason. We know how proud all of you were of him and very rightly so. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jeff, Michele, Nick and Kelsey Wells
OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH THE COLLIER FAMILY.
i saw this young man play in high school.i though that he would be a great player some day,an he did because he took to the next level
My prayers are with the Collier family, friends and the Atlanta Hawks.
I am a lifelong Georgia Tech and Hawks fan. I saw Jason play at Georgia Tech and as a Hawk. He was my favorite Hawk. We had our picture taken together at FanFest when he was a senior at Tech. I cherish that photograph now, more than ever. I am deeply saddened by this great loss of such a fine young man. My prayers are with this family, and with all those who grieve as I do, of a life far too short. May our Heavenly Father comfort each person who may read this.
to a what a real professional player is he will be miss
I'll never forget our team playing against Springfield Catholic Central in our final game of 1996, Jason Collier's senior season.
It was the regional semifinals, and he scored 25 of SCC's 39 points (including two early 3's and some clutch late free throws) in their 39-38 victory. It was the most exciting high school game (not a stall game; just two great defenses) I have ever been involved in. Jason Collier was a class act throughout the game and a class act afterwards. He told reporters after the game that he was so exhausted that he literally had to take his shower in a chair. Though disappointed for us, I was proud to watch Jason and his teammates go on to win the 1996 Division IV State Championship in dominating fashion. I have been proud to watch his career develop him into an NBA player. He represented Ohio, his school, and his family well.
God bless Jason, his family, and the SCC community. May all young athletes strive to live up to his example.
Jeff and Joyce,
I have seen your pride as you watched your son play t-ball, baseball, soccer, basketball, and swim. Jason saw it, too, and knew that he was loved. In the end, what else matters except that? So sorry to hear of your loss-
Our deepest prayers and sympathy go out to the family of this wonderful young man. We are grateful to have known Jason and proud of all he accomplished during his very short time on earth. May God continue to bless the Collier family during this very difficult time.
When my mother called me on Saturday morning with the news of Jason's passing it was hard for me to accept. I just remember saying, "this just can't be true" over and over in my mind and out loud. The past couple days I have been going over the excitment, hapiness, and joy he brought to our family over the years and although the memories are all joyful my tears continue flowing and the saddness of the loss is overwelming. I never really knew anything about professional basketball until we all got together to support Jason during the 2000 NBA Draft, where I received a crash course on the subject. I just wanted to tell Jeff, Joyce, and Katie how proud we are of Jason, not only of his professional accomplishments but of the caring, kind, and compassionate person he was. You are all in our thoughts and prayers and Jason will live on in our hearts forever.
Katie & Eleza:
I am praying for you and Elle;that the Lord will bring you comfort and peace during this time of loss. My wife and I wrote a song that has helped thousands of people during their times of mourning. If you would like a copy or need anything, please don't hesitate to email me. May the Lord bless you and keep you.
All of us at the Thompson's wish to express our sorrow to the Collier family. Jason was a so full of class and grace even at a young age.I can't imagine losing your son, your brother, your father or your husband at such a young age.
He will be greatly missed by so many. But never forgotton by even more!
Bill, Maureen,Ashley and Emi Thompson
My heart goes out to the family of Jason.I just lost my 19 year old son
on Sept.22, 2005 he also has a 3mo.son.He was ready to go to college to start his baseball career.I know the pain your going through.YOU ARE ALL IN MY PRAYERS.
My deepest condolences to Jason's wife, daughter and family. His unexpected passing has saddened our city. Rest in peace and God Bless.
To the family of Jason Collier;
You are in my deepest thoughts and prayers.May the Good Lord be with you all in this very trying time.
To his family: I've lost a very significant person in my life and I understand what you are facing right now. This is the beginning of a very tough healing process. You'll never stop loving him, thinking about him, missing him. But with Jesus by your side through these rough days, you can take it. He never ever gives us more than we can bear. God bless you all and always keep Jesus in your hearts.
I just wanted to send my deepest sympathy to your family. I never had the oppertunity to ever meet jason but he was one great ball player and a wonderful father and person may god be with you all in such a difficult time.
I knew Jason growing up in Springfield playing basketball at the open gyms. I attended Shawnee HS, but although I am much older I have fond memories of this young man and realized he would be something special. Prayers and thoughts go out to the Collier Family. May Jason rest in peace.
To the parents of Jason Collier,I can only imagine the pain you must be going through.My most sincere
condolences go out to you and to his wife and daughter.
MY GOD BLESS THE FAMILY ESPECIALLY THE DAUGHTER GOD WILL BE A FATHER TO THE FATHER LESS JASON IS SURE TO SMILE DOWN ON HIS ANGEL
MY PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY IN SUCH A TIME OF SORROW. GOD BLESS THE WIFE AND DAUGHTER YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY PRAYERS. STAY STRONG GOD BE WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES BLESS THE CHILD
I WATCHED JASON PLAY BALL AND HE WAS ALWAYS A CHEERFUL AND DELIGHTFUL PERSON I AM SADDENED TO HEAR OF SUCH A LOSS MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY ESPECIALLY HIS DAUGHTER I LOOKED AT THE PICTURE OF THE 2 IN RECENT MAGAZINE HE WAS SMILING AS USAUAL HOLDING HIS PRIDE OF JOY TALKING ABOUT HOW HE LOVED THE LAKE TO THE WIFE I KNOW ITS HARD BUT REMEMBER GODS WINGS WILL ALWAYS BE AROUND YOU AND JASON IS SURELY SMILING DOWN ON YOU GOD BLESS YOU
My deepest sympathy goes out to all of the families of Jason. It is hard to lose a loved one espcially without a reason, but just remember God has a reason. It may not be relevent now, but one day you will realize "That is what God wanted Jason for." God Bless all of you.
Our prayers go out to the family of this wonderful young man. God bless all of you.
Thom & Ann Margarete Thompkins
My thoughts and prayers are with the Collier family. He was what is right with professional sports, and I am so sorry for his family.
My Prayers are with the family he left behind, that the Joy of the Lord, will be their Peace and Strength and God to be their refuge.
I am a distant cousin of Jason's, he was quite a bit younger. When he got to Catholic Central I was already out in Colorado. I would call home to see how things were and most of the time talk turned to Jason. Some talk from my parents about how dominating he was on the court, but mostly talk from my 40 Year old brother with downsyndrom who would go on and on about Jason. I would listen as he would tell me how Jason was the greatest and how he was his favorite person in the world. I would remind Steve that i was his favorite person, but Steve wouldn't hear of it. Everytime i would come home no matter where i had travled that year, Steve would always take me down to his room and show me all of his Jason Collier pictures, which most were pretty funny because my brother is just under five feet tall and standing next to Jason he looked 2 feet. I would tease him, and ask why there were no pictures of me on his wall, and would always say the same thing "Cause Jasons good in sports". Alot of people saw Jason as am amazing athlete, (which he was), I saw him as a hero of mine because he was so patient and took time to care for someone who most people just pass on by. Explaing his death to steve was such a hard thing on so many levels, but the hardest thing is explaing something you dont truely understand yourself. My prayers are with those whos life Jason touched and to his family who i hope with each passing day will take confort in how many lives he touched.
Your young life has so sadly come to an end. My prayers go out to the family. May you stay strong through this difficult time.
Jason rest in peace.
May God bless this family at their time of loss. May memories abide by you.
We were shocked at the news. It seems like just yesterday when we were at the wedding. Our sincerest condolences to the family.
My very sincere condolences to the entire Collier family. I only met Jason a handful of times growing up in Springfield, but I was very close at one time to his aunt and uncle, John and Carrie, and their children. I loved listening to the many stories they always told about Jason. I saw many of his high school games and continued to follow his career through college and then the NBA. Springfield was always so proud of him, not only for his athletic accomplishments, but also for what a wonderful role model he was. He touched many, many lives in his 28 years, and was such an inspiration to countless children. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Dear Katie & Ella,
Even though I only met Jason, your mom had the most wonderful things to say about him, so I feel I know what a great man, father and husband he was. He will be in all our prayers. Katie, please know that you are surrounded by a wonderful and caring family and you and Ella will never be alone.
Our thoughts and prayers goes out to the entire Collier family. You don't know us, but our daughter was in drivers ed with Jason and she always expressed what a kind young man he was. No words can express what your family is going through. May God Bless.
TO THE FAMILY OF JASON
MAY GOD BLESS YOU IN YOUR TIME OF NEED. WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER JASON FOR WHAT HE TAUGHT US ON THE COURT AND OFF THE COURT. HE WAS A GREAT TEACHER OF MANY THINGS AND WE WILL NOT FORGET HIM.
ANDREA AND CHASE JOHNSON
To all the Colliers, especially Katie and Elezan and his parents, know that you will be in our prayers tomorrow as the Celebration of Life Funeral Mass is being offered.
I'm sorry to hear about your death. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends.
R.I.P. Jason Collier
Your Number 1 Fan,
To the Collier family, just know that there are so many individuals praying for you and your family from around this country, including myself. I new Jason in highschool when I attended Greenon and had the opportunity to work with him on the Springfield Area Youth Council. Jason was such a fun person to work with and had such a great heart which was evident in so many of the activities we planned together for the Springfield community. Even as I moved to Massachusetts and then to Texas I kept track of his career and was so thrilled to hear that he had continued through his life showing the same love and respect for others that he always showed as a high schooler. I've heard it said that to show respect is to have real gratitude for the people in your life, your own priciples and for God. Jason was an awesome man, who I believe showed real gratitude and love for the life he lead. My prayers are with you all.- God Bless
We offer our sincere condolences to Jason's wife, parents and family.
Our pastor gave a prayer for the family's comfort on Sunday. Jason was an admired and respected teamate of our grandson Royal. We will cherish his memory.
The Ivey Family
My prayers go out to this family and friends.
I wanted to share a first hand story and give people some insight as to the type of person Jason was....
I met Jason at a celeb golf tournament a few months back, and he was a down to earth and very approachable guy that was soooo excited about the truck he just renovated (so of course he had to show me the work he put into it). I asked him to sign a hat for my son, and it pleased him more than it did me, he stayed after the event and we enjoyed a cognac together and afterwards he invited me to come up to ride horses. He was a jovial and entertaining person, and I now cherish that brief time with him. More importantly, my son still has a favorite basketball player in JC.
We are saddened by the loss of a great person, and my condolences to his family.
Jason was the type of person that once you met him, you would never forget him. He was a great person and friend.
What a sad day for everyone! Jason always had a smile. His talents will be missed on an off the court.
My prayers will be for him and his family.
Will Shadowens(formerly of Enon)
Our prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends of Jason. God Bless.
Coshocton Redskin Basketball Family
To the Collier family my condolences goes out to you and may you heart be lift with God love in your time of need. Jason was a good person and God gave him to us for a while to bless us with his love now he is at home resting and doing what he wanting to do. My heart goes out to you cause I konw the feeling of loss and knowing that God don't make any mistake on what he do and say. Have faith that the battle has just begin for him his sprite will bless you everyday of your life and stay strong in mind spirte and soul Love The Duffie Family
Jason broke several of our brother's long-held CCHS basketball records, so we took notice of his talent years ago. On a visit to Springfield, we went to watch him play in highschool,(will always remember when he busted the glass backboard in Centrals gym) and a couple of years later, traveled to nearby Winston Salem to a Georgia Tech/Wake Forest game, just watch him play once again.
He was truly the pride of CCHS and Springfield.
We are so saddened to lose such a wonderful role model for todays youth, and share in your greif. Always know how Jason touched so many lives,so many loved him and so many respected him. Our prayers are with you all. God Bless.
As a Tech alumni and Hawks supporter, it grieves me to know Jason has passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Although he was a man of great physical presence and ability, Jason leaves a legacy much larger. His kind heart, gentle spirit and sense of humor eclipse his basketball prowess. I can still hear him laughing at one of his dad's jokes. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Collier family.
Everyone that had the privilege of meeting and knowing Jason are deeply saddened of the news of his death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wonderful family. Stay strong..God will see you through. Jason will live on forever in our hearts.
I met Jason in school and my mom use to babysit Jared. We met through the Thullen's. He was a great person and we kept up with Jason in the news. I am so sorry for your loss. Keep in mind that you will be reunited someday. You are all in my prayers. God Bless your family.
Our prayers go out to Jason's wife & family. We never got to meet Jason but we are dear friends of his Aunt & Uncle in Keyser, WV. This comes as a shock to all of us. We send our love across the miles. Sincerely, Bill & Phyllis Knott
Katie and Eleza -
It was so wonderful to spend the time that I have with the both of you. Katie you are very blessed to have such a wonderful family near you at this time of need. I only met Jason a handful of times, but his memory will always be with me. I know that he was a wonderful husband and father and he will always be with you in spirit. Know that you and your family are in my prayers - - and if you need anything, please do not hesitate to ask. God Bless.
My heartfelt sympathies go out to you and your family, expecially his young wife and daughter. I did not know Jason, but my daughter attends Northeastern with Jared and she says he is a wonderful young man. You are all in our thoughts and prayers and may God bless you through this most difficult time.
We are very sorry for your loss. May God watch over your family during this terrible time.
Playing basketball during my early childhood ages i always dreamed of being someone like Jason Collier. Not only an athlete but most importantly a great man and father. may God bless the Collier family.
Our sincere sympathy be with the entire Collier Family and Hawks team. Jason meant so much to everyone, so I am sure that this is a most difficult time for you all. As we reflect on all the good times and the fabulous plays that Jason had, take courage that God will relieve us of the pain of death in the near future.
"...and death will be no more,neither outcry, nor pain be anymore...: Revlelation 21:4.
Until that time hold on and be strong, and may God bless you even now.
I'm sorry about what your entire Collier family is going through. I hope you take some degree of comfort in the fact that many, many people...most of whom you don't know, are praying for you. I am very good friends with PJ Murphy and Tim Foley...both from Springfield. I met Jason very briefly when PJ brought him to college with him when Jason was a senior in H.S...I hope that you take strength in the knowledge that God is with us most closely during our times of pain...hand it over to Him, and he WILL help you.
I was really sad to hear about the passing of Jason. My thoughts and prayers go out to him famiy. I remember going to the I.U. games and watching him play. He was a great player and person. My sister went to I.U. with him. I know that he will be missed by so many people. God Bless!
My deepest sympathy go out to the family and friends of Jason Collier. I did not know him, but I did follow his career from GA Tech to the Atlanta Hawks. He was always professional on and off the court and I am sure he will be missed by many.
This is to you Mrs. collier, this is josh williams, you probably dont remember me but i was in Mr. Whitchers kindegarden class and i remember when jason came in and signed papers for all of us at lunch and i just want you to know that you may not remember me but i will always remember you and your inspiring son. May god be with you and your whole family and you will always be in my prayers.
Dear Collier family
We were very shocked and saddened to hear of Jason's passing. We too enjoyed the years of watching Jason play basketball at CCHS. I remember seeing the Collier family in church and watching Jason grow, and keep growing. He was men among men in all ways. How proud as parents you must be to know you raised a son with such character and honor. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Jason accomplished much in his short life - He lived, loved, and left a legacy. God Bless. The Murphy family.
God Bless Jasons' family,especially his daughter. May he rest in peace.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. May GOD bless you all.
Katie & Elezan, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember the good times that we had together when you lived in Sugar Land. Jason was such a gentle & caring individual. I am sorry that we lost touch when you moved, but wanted you to know that Larry & myself are here for you if you need anything. Please rely on the Lord, & your family to keep you strong at this time. Elezan is a wonderful blessing and she will grow up knowing what a wonderful person her father was and how much he loved her. Katie, you and your family are in our prayers.
Larry & Desiree Tate
My most sincere condelences go out to the Collier family and the Atlanta Hawks family in this time of mourning. May all of the good that Jason has brought to this Earth be forever remembered, and may he rest in peace in the good hands of the Lord.
I just want you to know, that Jason was a great guy and he was well liked by all. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.
I have been a Tech/Hawks fan for along time. I was glad when Jason joined the Hawks.You have my deepest sympathy and may God bless.
May God bless you and your family. It is always hard when we loose those we love so much. We do have the knowledge and knowing that one day we will be reunited with them again.. until then, he is in your heart, your smiles and everything you do.. God Bless and you all will be in our prayers.
My favorite Hawk is now on the "All-Star Team" with the Lord...Rest in peace and my God protect your family and loved ones...
We were so shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. Jason was such a wonderful role model with a true love of the game. When our son, Michael, started playing basketball at the YMCA, Jason came in one day to work with the kids. Mike was 6 and Jason was starting his Senior season. He was wonderful with those kids, he was having as much fun as they were, lifting them up one by one to dunk the basketball. He even signed copies of his high school team pictures for them. Mike still has his. Later, Mike played basketball with Jared and we heard about Jason's college days. Jason touched so many lives in such a positive way. I have no words for the pain you must all be in right now. Please know that you will be in our prayers.
Big Hawks fan...Indiana and Georgia Tech...not so much...but once a buckeye always a buckeye! Collier family...Godspeed...Jason will be missed! If one of my basketball crazy sons has half the career Jason did I'll never stop bragging on him. Well done mom and dad...Grief...forever...Pride forevermore. Thank you!
My son Khalil Chapman shared the sad news of Jason's death with me earlier today. They shared friendship and comraderie as members of the Springfield Select Soccer team several years ago. Khalil spoke very highly of Jason, and it was clear that he was very touched by his death. As a parent, my heart empathizes with Jason's parents as well as other members of his family. I will remember you in my prayers, today, and over an extended period of time that God's comfort and strength will be with you during this very difficult time, and during your period of healing.
Ruth C. Chapman and Family (formerly of Springfield, Ohio)
I knew Jason when he went to Northridge elementary. He was an awesome person, student, and athlete. I enjoyed following him and his career at all levels. You will be missed very, very much. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Sorry for your tragic loss,
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
So sorry to hear of Jason's passing. My respects go out to the entire Collier family. I got the opportunity to watch Jason play when he was at I.U. What a shock to hear of his passing. God Bless You all!!
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I was shocked to get the awful news on Saturday morning. Jason was a great basketball player, but even a better person! May god bless the entire Collier family through these tough times ahead.
To the Collier Family: My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of grief. May God bless you in this time of need !!
I declare peace in your hearts and rest to your minds. In Jesus name. God Bless
Dear Collier family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Jason was such a wonderful guy. I was a year ahead of Jason at Catholic Central and I was always amazed at his sincerity. You could tell right away what a kind-hearted and compassionate person he was. It was an honor to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with Jason's wife, daughter, parents, siblings, the rest of your family and all of Jason's friends.
I met Jason at Indiana University through a class. I did not know him well, but he was very kind and always a gentleman. I'm so sorry for your family's loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
We are so sorry for your loss. You, your daughter and all of your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so blessed to have had the chance to know Jason. He was a great man and I am sure a wonderful dad. We will miss him. Your friend from Summer Rain Drive.
An amazing basketball player and even more amazing man he will forever be missed by many. My heart and prayers go out to his family.
Shocked. Suprised. Sadness. All of these describe the feelings that I had when I first learned about what happened. My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with the family in this time of need.
I'm very sorry to see Jason pass. He was a really great guy and I enjoyed watching him play. He's shining on us all now.
To the Collier family I prayer for your peace in the time of loss and we pray the you will keep Jason Legacy going on .And remember Jason may not be here with you know but remember he will live through you always as you keep his memories in your heart.
May God Bless you and keep you!
Rev Tony Jones
Rev Tony Jones
I was so sorry to hear about Jason. I know this is a difficult time for everyone. May we all find strength in the 'God of all comfort' who promises to one day "swallow up death forever, and wipe the tears from all faces."(Isaiah 25:8) You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
As a fan, I appreciated your hustle plays and how you hit a lot of jump shots against Shaq when he didn't come out on you. As a person, I don't really know what to say. It's terrible when someone dies too young, especially when they leave behind a small child. From what I've read, you sounded like a great guy. My condolences to your family and freinds.
Just wanted to pass my prayers onto the Collier family and the family of the Atlanta Hawks. I know a few members of the Hawks front office and although I never personally knew Jason, I am a huge basketball fan and remember watching him at GT and throughout the NBA. He will be missed by a lot of people and know he is watching down from up above. Continue to pray and the lord will watch over you
May God give you all strength through this difficult time. Our daughter is a friend of Julie's from UT, Jason and his wife both showed such kindness to a group of them who had visited when they were young freshman, he certainly made them feel welcome. I'm sure it was only a small example of his love for his family and true testament to the type of man he was on and off the court.
I am so sorry for the loss of your husband, father, son and friend. My mom recently passed away and I know she greeted Jason with open arms and that heaven has within its gates some very special angels...
May you find comfort in one another and from so many who share in your sorrow.
We were sorry to hear about Jason. Your friends on Summer Rain Drive are praying for you and your daughter. Let us know if there is anything we can do for you.
My thoughts go out to the Collier family on such a tragic loss. Always enjoyed watching your son play. His legacy will live on forever.
I only got to meet Jason a couple of times because he was friends with some of my family. I remember though that one of the times I did get to talk to him I was in tears, My best friend had just been killed in an accident and he sat down with me in another room and talked to me for a few minutes. I still think of the words he spoke to me that day and I can still hear his voice telling me those words everytime I lose someone close to me. I never got the chance to thank him for that. I wanted to thank you his family for raising him to be the kind of man that anybody would be lucky to know. I am extremely sorry about your loss. Please know that you are all in the hearts and the prayers of my entire family.
I grew up in Springfield, OH and attended Catholic Central. This is such a sad occassion and is heart felt even though I never personally knew Jason. My prayers and thoughts are with his wife, daughter and family.
My sympathy goes out to Jason's family. I knew him a long time ago in elementary school. Even then he was a great person! It is awesome that he has made such an impact in the short time he had here. He will be missed.
THIS EX-HOOSIER NOW TEXAN REMEMBERS THE DAYS JASON PLAYED AT INDIANA.WE MISSED HIS LEAVING THEN AND ARE SADDENED BY HIS LEAVING US NOW.GOD BLESS JASON AND HIS FAMILY.
Mrs. Collier and daughter
My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
My flesh and my heart failith: but God is the strength in my heart, and my portion forever.
It's times like this that make me say I really don't understand how this could happen. But I've learned that the Good LORD makes no mistakes!
My thoughts & prayers go out to all of the family & friends of Jason, he was a good man. GOD Bless!!!
To Mr. Collier's Family,
May the Lord guide you through this tough and painful time. My thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. May the spirit of Jason live through you all.
I was shocked to hear the news about Jason. I never knew him personally, but I feel terrible that it took his death for me to find out how wonderful of a man he was. Without a doubt, Jason will be missed, not just by his friends, family and those who knew him, but also by those of us who missed the opportunity to know this man at all. All my prayers,
EVERY TIME YOU GOT ON THE COURT,YOU GAVE 110%. AS A YOUNG MAN AND PERSON THAT A LOT OF KIDS LOOK UP TOO. YOU ALWAYS HAD A SMILE AND THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE ARE GONNA MISS.GOD BLESS YOUR SWEET FAMILY!!!!
Our hearts and prayers are with the Collier family and friends. What a wonderful young man to have touched so many lives in such a positive way. God bless.
To the Collier Family:
We were so shocked to read of Jason's death. It is hard to understand why God called him home. He was a wonderful young man and will always be a Hoosier in our hearts. May God put His arms around you and give you peace.
To the family goes my deepest sympathy. Jason will always be part of the IU family and as a fan who enjoyed watching him play his passing has left an empty feeling in my heart. Rest in Peace!
Thanks for the memories Collier, I will never forget the times we had on and off the court. You were a great teammate and friend who always made sure that those around you were treated better than yourself no matter what the circumstance. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Collier family.
My deepest sympathy during your time of bereavement.
We are so grief stricken it's hard to even find the words to write. Jason was such a great friend to us and we thank God we were able to spend time with him and his beautiful wife Katie on Lake Lanier this summer. We are greatful to have Katie and Ella in our lives and will continue to love them and Jason as well. What great memories we have of Jason knee boarding. We were terrified he was going to be injured and haunted by Bobby C. if anything happened to him. Funny we are worried about a knee injury etc...and don't even think about the possibility of dying so young. We miss Jason and always will and we send our hearts to the entire family! GOD BLESS YOU!!!
Amy,Greg,Kamryn,and Brandon Spivia
you will never be forgotten Jason ill see up in heaven bro
May GOD give you peace during this most difficult time of loss.
Mrs. Collier & daughter, and teammates,
I do send my deepest synpathy and my prayers are going up for you.
I met him a few times and the small time we had to talk each time he told me of his sweet wife and how much joy his daughter gave him. A very devoted husband and father. A real wonderful person.
My prayers are with you.
My prayers and thoughts are with the family of Jason.
We will keep all of Jason's family in our prayers.
Nancy & Joe Tschappat
To the Collier family,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I have had the honor to see Jason play a few times when he was at CCHS. I have followed his career since. He will be missed by all, but not forgotten. God bless you all.
We are devastated and heart broken by Jason's passing. We will always remember him with a smile on his face and the jokes that made us laugh. He was such a wonderful person to be in the company of, always welcoming, always smiling. We hope that Katie, Ella and all of his family find comfort in the memories to carry them through the coming days. We will miss him greatly and honor him forever.
Jason will truly be missed!
Your family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers. My cousin passed away last year at a young age and I found some comfort in this prayer.
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond's glint on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripening grain,
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.
He will always be with you.
My heart is breaking for you and Ella. My deepest sympathies to your family. You are in my prayers.
"In the midst of life, we are in death". Death is all around us, a part of life. And even when it seems totally senseless and unbearably hard to understand, you must look to God for he knows and understands ALL THINGS!
My prayers go out to the family.
Our prayers are with the Collier family in this time of sorrow. Jason's passing is a loss to the "Hoosier Nation" and he will be missed.
my prayers are with you always
My condolences go out to his wife and family. Im so sorry for your loss, He seemed like a wonderful father and husband and just an all around great guy. He will be greatly missed.
Once a Hoosier, always a Hoosier. My deepest sympathies to the Collier family.
WE JUST WANTED TO GIVE OUR BEST WISHES TO THE COLLIER FAMILY AT THIS TIME OF SORROW. OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.
My prayers are with the Collier's family.
My prayers go out to the collier family. I can remember when they lived in sugarland texas.She had signed up to tan in our tanning salon in greatwood.It was such a pleasure to have her.We at tanfastic tanning will always remember Jason and his family.We sometimes try to figure out why,and at the time we have no clue as to why things go wrong.We can only rest asure that there will be light again through our Lord Jesus! He will give you comfort in this time of lost. Blessings, Donna Doinidis<><
My heart goes out to all who love Jason. While covering the Georgia Tech basketball team for the AJC, Jason was always gracious, never letting victory or defeat impact how he treated others -- even sportswriters.
My prayers and sympathy go out to Jason's family, friends & teammates. I had the opportunity to meet Jason a couple of times prior to his transfer to GT & was so impressed with what a genuinely nice person he was. His smile will forever be in our hearts.
We were so sorry to hear about the loss of Jason. Our hearts and prayers go out to his friends and family.
Im sending my condolences out to the collier family my heart just dropped when i heard the news jason was one of my favorite role centers in the nba he had one of the best outside shots as a 7 footer he will be in my thoughts and prayers forever he is gone but not forgotten we love you jason GO HAWKS!! #40
We are all saddened by Jason's passing and our heart felt condolances go out to the Collier family. We know that Jason was a star on and off the court and now he is our shining star in Heaven.
George, Doreen, Derek and Deanna Correira
I will greatly miss you Jason. I was shocked when my mom called me Saturday morning and again when two of my cousins called me a little later. I always checked on our you were doing and how the team was. You have touched everyone's life you have come in contact with including mine. I remember my mom making me draw pictures and write letters to the 1996 state championship team and being recognized at the team's banquet. I remember going to the barber and asking for the same haircut as you and as Jason Ronai. I remember being at Centerville High School when you shattered the backboard. I remember being at every single game that year besides the 3 in Myrtle Beach and one because I was sick. Thank you for coming back to Springfield and always remembering Catholic Central and its community. You were my hero and idol when i was growing up. Thank you for allowing me all of these memories and I will always remember you.
Sorry for your loss. I how it feel to lose someone you love. I just lost my grandmother 2 months ago and its very hard.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Katie, We were so saddened by the news of Jason passing. We did'nt know him long and find it hard to believe he is gone. In knowing that God has his hands on the Big Guy, time will heal the pain. We are praying for you, your family and Jasons Family. We love you.
So sad to see you leave, so sorry for your family. Way too soon...
I am so sorry for your loss. I was very good friends with Katie's sister, Allison, for a long time. Katie was always very special to me. God Bless the families of both Katie and Jason. May God be with all of you in this trying time.
May God Bless and keep you during your bereavement of your loved one, friend and teammate. Atlanta will miss you, Jason but never forget you!
May God give you peace in this time of mourning and may you take comfort knowing that Jason is now by His side.
My heart dropped when I heard the news of Jason's passing. I send my condolences to the Collier family. I never met Jason but I worked with Jeff for a few years and he always shared great stories with us.
To the Collier Family and friends,
My wife and I offer our condolences to each of you. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you.
im so sorry for your loss
My Sympathies go out to Jason's Family and Friends. Jason truly was a good person and will be deeply missed.
Dear Family and Friends of Jason,
First, let me express how sorry I am for your loss. I was a student at Indiana when Jason played there. I watched all of Jason's games when he played at Indiana and really appreciated how hard he played for IU. As an Indiana grad I was sad to see him leave, but I wanted him to be happy playing basketball. It was nice to follow his NBA career and I was very happy that all worked out for him. Jason was all heart on the floor and just a good person. Again, I am sorry about his passing.
To the Collier family:
Our condolences to you in the loss of such a wonderful and talented young man. I'm sure he will be missed by all who knew and loved him. It's sad to see such a young man gone too soon.
Mr. & Mrs. G. Cohen, Pembroke Park, FL
My sympathies go out to his family, friends, and fans.
May God continue to bless you and your family
Jason was a gentle giant that is gone way too soon. You will be missed!!!!!!!!!
I met Jason just a few weeks ago when he called and asked to come by our high school gym to work out. Jason was a fine example of humility to the high school students who obviously were awed by his size. He dealt with their questions with great class, and he showed them the value of being friendly to all of us. I am proud to say that I met him, and our prayers are with him and his entire family.
To the first 7-footer I have ever had the privilege and honor to meet. You are the epitome of hard work, determination, and devotion for the Hawks organization. My deepest prayers have gone out for you and your family. You are a unique blessing and will truly be missed! Rest In Peace Big Man!
Dear all, this is a huge loss to Atlanta and most of all, to his beautiful wife and daughter. I knew Jason and will remember him well. He was a great person, loving husband and incredible father. He will surely be missed. My love and prayers to Katie, her family, and to the Colliers. May God bless you all and grace you in your healing journey.
My deepest regret to the family. I didn't know Jason, but do know Jared and he is a great kid - as everyone has said of Jason. My prayers are with you- I lost a brother too at a young age (17) and know what you are going through - God answers all prayers. Keep faith!
Very sad to see such a bright light extinquished as such an early age. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
I'm sorry to hear about the passing of this bright young man.I wish your familly the best of luck
MY HEART GOES OUT TO THIS FAMILY DUE TO THE LOST OF A DEAR LOVED ONE. HE IS NOW IN GODS HANDS. GOD BE WITH YOU ALL EVER MORE.
WE ONLY KNEW OF JASON WHILE HELPING AT KLUTTER CLOSET BUT WE HAVE GROWN TO LOVE AND WATCH FOR HIS NAME AND IF HE WAS PLAYING ON TV. OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. WE ARE SO SORRY. JACK AND BARBARA WHITE
Collier family,Trust in the Lord Jesus with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.
He is in a much better place at this time, with God. One day we will be reunited with him.
I want to send my deepest condolences to the Collier Family. I will be praying for all of you to find strenght in this difficult time.
I had the pleasure of knowing Jason at Georgia Tech as his tutor and classmate. He was truly one of my favorite athletes and he will be missed tremendously.
God watch over the Collier family in their time of grief.
Help their loved ones provide much needed relief.
May all understand that while on earth Jason may no longer roam,
We can all trust in the knowledge that he truly now is home.
With heartfelt sympathy,
Jeff, Joyce, and family--my heart aches for you guys. The entire Springfield community has lost one of its brightest and lovable stars. We were all so fortunate to watch Jason’s development from elementary school through high school. The four years in which Jason led the Irish to such outstanding basketball seasons were some of my most enjoyable memories of Catholic Central. I feel so blessed to have known Jason and to have been a proud fan for so long. Mary Ann and I will surely miss his presence and the positive influences he had on our community. Hang in there and enjoy all the memories--Jason would want it that way!
I am so sorry for this tragic loss.
Only God can understand what you are feeling now. Cast your cares upon Him, He cares for you.
MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILIY,WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS SUCH A LOSS MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND COMFORT YOU IN YOUR TIME OF SORROW JASON WAS AN AWESOME PLAYER AND PERSON.
I.U. fans and all basketball fans mourn in the loss of Jason. May God be with all of his family in this sad passing of such a young life.
I had the opportunity to meet Jason during his time at Indiana University. He was a great guy and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.
I am saddened and my sympathies go to the entire Collier family. I met Jason once his freshman year at IU and he was really funny and a stand up guy. Rest in peace and god bless.
During his short stay at IU, Jason gave all Hoosier fans a great deal of enjoyment on the court.
As were all of Jason's fans in Indiana, I was so saddened to hear of his death. Jason wasn't with us long enough, either here in Indiana or with us all. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and teammates...Hoosier hearts are with you.
It's so hard to find the words to say when something as tragic as this happens. I am deeply saddened by the loss of Jason. I know his wife's family, as I was best friends with her sister Debbie through high school. I continue to think about the entire family daily. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Katie and their daughter, as well as his parents and siblings, and the entire extended family. Even though Jason is physically not here, know that his spirit and memories will live on forever. Rest in peace Jason!
Being a Hawks fan, losing Jason is like losing a member of my family. May God hold the Collier family in his arms and rock them into knowing that Jason is at home at last. All my prayers to you.
My sincere condolences to the family of Jason. I was his academic advisor for his major at Georgia Tech. I worked diligently with him on obtaining his degree. His graduation day was one of the happiest days. He even brought Katie in to meet me. Whenever Jason came to my office he always had a big smile on his face. He was a very happy person. Katie I remember when he told me about getting engaged and then again when he told me you were pregnant and building the new house. Those were his very special and honored moments. Katie, Words cannot express the loss that you and your daughter suffer but maybe the memories that you have will sustain you through the dark days. Tell "Ele" as I think Jason referred to her that her Daddy is a wonderful man and she will grow up being so proud of having Jason for a dad.
To the Collier family, this loss is devastating and words cannot heal your pain. Just know that Jason is with God and playing one on one with God. Keep good memories in your posession and always remember Jason with his smile. This is what will get you through the next few days, holidays and rough times ahead. Many people mourning with you. Just look at how many peoples lives he touched with his positive will and enormous smile. He will be remembered for the wonderful man he was not only on the court but most importantly off the court.
With deepest sympathy,
To The Collier Family: My heart broke when I heard the news of Jason' passing. Try to rest in the arms of Jesus there you will find peace, comfort and strength. I will surely miss Jason.
My condolences to the Collier family. A sad loss. All IU fans will remember him fondly, as someone who played hard and brought lasting cheers to our hearts. Our thoughts are with you and pray that peace comes to your lives with your lasting memories of Jason.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Collier family at this unfortunate time. In reading about his life he appeared to be a friend to all. We pray for his wife Katie and their daughter Elezan as she and my daughter, Sofia Elezan, were named after the same wonderful person. My sincere condolences.
RIP Jason Collier.
My condolences to his wife and daughter.
I suppose the only solace is that although his life was tragically short, it seems to have been a happy, successful, and fulfilling one.
Jason was in a class of mine at Tech and I talked to him a few times. I didn't know him on a very personal basis, but he was nothing but pleasant around me. I'm sure his character and presence will be severely missed around the hawks' locker room
As someone who had met Jason at Indiana University, it was difficult to see him leave at that time. Even more difficult is him leaving us this time. My thoughts and prayers to his friends and family.
There is another Angel in Heaven today looking down on you to let you know he's okay. Please know he will ALWAYS be with you.
I will pray for the pain, hurt and anguish to subside as the days pass.
Your son, brother, uncle, friend was a wonderful testimony to how people should really be. Be proud for what he did and will always be to others.
GOD BLESS YOU! LOVE IN CHRIST!
As a native Springfielder and an avid sports fan with three sons, I can't even begin to imagine the ache in your hearts. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. May God be with the entire Collier family.
My thoughts and prayer are with Katie and Ella and the rest of the family as they deal with this loss. May God give you peace and grace during this time. Much love, Krista (Debbie's friend)
Sorry to hear about Jason's sudden death. I would like to express my deepest sorrows to his family. Death is never easy but it is harder when the person is so young.
Our hearts go out to Jason's family. He was a wonderful young man. As a former teacher and athletic director, at Springfield Catholic, I felt very fortunate to have known Jason not only as a student but as a very special friend. Bev and I will always have fond memories of Jason and his family. Our prayers are with you.
I can't tell you how deeply saddened I am. My prayers go out to the family. Stay strong.
May God Bless you.
William and I sat and cried on Sat. when we heard the news. Misty was with us and we all talked about our love for Jason and Katie and how much we loved being Mac and Hunters caretakers. Jason was a big gentle giant and had so much love, our grandsons will grow up knowing who he was every time we move their ball that Jason gave him on his first birthday. Katie our prayers are with you and we all send you our love and strength. The Scott family..
To the Collier family,our deepest and heartfelt thoughts are with you!Mrs. Collier,you were Brandon Herrens kindergarten teacher.Brandon was very blessed to have you as his first teacher,we have always held you as very special!We know how you loved and were very proud of your son.Brandon still has his picture with Jason and his kindergarten class!!Brandon is thirteen now,and he is thinking of you and your family at this sad time.
My heart goes out to the Collier family. As a Jacket fan, thanks for the memories, Jason.
The good guys have lost another one. Jason you were a great human being on this planet and were a positive influence for a lot of people. This influence will carry your spirit on and provide a path for others to follow. Rest in peace my friend.
Jason was a great basketball talent, and a wonderful person. My prayers are with him and his family.
My thoughts and prayers go out the Collier family. He'll be greatly missed!
I am sorry to hear of your loss -
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a a juicy bone,
Silance the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policeman wear black cotton gloves.
He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I though that love would last for ever : I was wrong.
The stars are not wanted now : put out ever one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.
My heart goes out to the Collier family. As a fan of Indiana University, I also feel the loss. Jason will always be a member of the IU Nation.
Jason was the epitome of a true athlete. He was a wonderful person both on and off the court. Whether making me laugh in class at Tech, or making me admire the way he played ball, he was someone anyone would be proud to have as a friend, teammate, or family member. My heart and prayers go out to his family members and teammates. He will be missed by all.
I met Jason when I worked for his Father Jeff at Select Industries, Dayton, Ohio. I know it will be very hard on the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
I Just want to say Everyone will miss you and you will be in our prayers.
Jason was great person. Jason and my nephew went to high school together at Catholic Central and played basketball together. He was such a genuinely nice person. I lived in Springfield at that time and went to all the ball games I could. Jason always took time after the games to talk to the kids that looked up to him and sign autographs...even then everyone wanted his autograph. I have some great pictures of my son with Jason, my son who is 16 now and I will always treasure those. Jason never let the fact that he was a local celebrity even in high school go to his head. He was just Jason and who could have asked for more. My family's thoughts and prayers go out to the Collier family, which if you know the Collier family it is clear how Jason turned out to be such a good person. To Jason's wife and daughter you are in my family's thoughts and prayers. Jason's passing is a huge loss to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
My heart go out to you Mrs Collier, and I am so sorry to hear of your loss but just remember that God loves Jason and so do we. My prayers go out to you and your love ones. God Bless
Our prayers are with you and your family. The Carson's ( Karen, Keesha, Bianca, Jason, Robert and John II)
I heard of the news Saturday and my prayers go out to the family in this time of need. He's in a better place now. God Bless!
Many condolences to the Collier family and friends. Our thoughts are with you in this sad moment.
An Australian Hawks fan.
I want to send my best wishes to Jason's family and the Atlanta Hawks. A very good player who will be missed; been a fan since GT. gonna miss ya man!
My heart goes out to the family, friends and the Hawks. May God continue to look out for you all and help you to be strong in this time of need.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Collier Family and friends and the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Spirit families. Lean not on your own understanding.......
I was sadened to learn of Jason's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Look to the Lord for comfort during this time.
I knew Jason when he was a student and player at Georgia Tech. He was a wonderful young man that I considered a friend. I will never forget you Jason. Rest in peace, my friend.....you will be missed.
God bless Jason's family. It is a loss that is very difficult to understand. My prayers are with you all!
I wont the familey to know that I will be praying for then, and also to the Hawks, I will be praying for you all to. May God watch over you all and take care of you and your familey. This is such a sad day for us all.
There are no words to describe how sorry we are for your entire family. We watched Jason "grow into his basketball shoes" at Catholic Central. Going to the games to see him play was the biggest highlight of our week. He was such a joy to know off the court, too. Heaven has welcomed home one of it's finest angels!
My sympathy and prayers to Jason's family. We were all very proud of Jason. Bless you.
Being a huge basketball fan from Ohio i followed Jason through his whole career. He was a great player and competitor. I was very shocked and sadened to hear of his death. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and teammates. He will be greatly missed.
Blessed are those that mourn for that shall be comforted.
Rest in peace dear Jason...You were much to young to leave your family. You are all in my prayers. No parent should ever have to go through this. We just lost a loved one 4 weeks ago...just 40 years old..Life is so precious..I know your memory will live on through your friends and family. God Bless you..
Jason was one of my favorite tech b-ball players of all time, and it was a blessing having him play here in Atlanta. he will be truely missed.
My deepest condolences to Jason's wife, daughter, mother, father, sister, brother, teammates, and close friends. May God give you comfort and peace during this time. My best thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your young son. We know that no matter what words of condolence you receive, nothing can take the place of your beloved young man. Even though you do not know us and maybe never will, we simply want to extend to you - the family of this hardworking young man - our deepest and most sincere condolences at your loss.
Our own youngest son, Robert, is serving in the Army in Iraq. Every morning we wake up and try not to imagine the horrors he must see or that we may someday have to endure. We know that you are enduring this same thing now and we pray for you and for your extended family. God Bless your son, your family, and both of you the parents of this wonderful young man.
Jason was such a nice guy. I met him Bloomington while he was playing for IU. He was such a down to earth, easygoing person. He was such an instinctive basketball player. I remember him making a shot after having guys all over him under the basket. He didn't even have to look first, he just knew where it was. I was so impressed by his ability and I am more so by reading about all of the lives that he touched. He will be greatly missed by many. His spirit will live on in everyone that he came in contact with. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. God Bless you all.
I knew Jason personally. We played together for the Knicks during our rookie years. He was the most aggressive forward I'd ever played against, even at Duke. His wife and three children were blessed with his life and presence. His loss has devastated the team, and we held a group meeting to pray the morning we learned of his passing. There is no way to rightly handle his loss. All we can do is pray and be thankful he is in the Lord's hands. Amen.
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Jeff, you have a wonderful son who I have watched from a distance over the years. I know you are very proud of him as a person and of his accomplishments.
You will be missed in the flesh, but welcomed in spirit each and every day.
I'm so saddened by this news. I lost a son last year. God bless you all.
It's messed up because this isn't just about the loss of a basketball player, it's about a young man whose life was cut short who had so much to look forward to in basketball, but especially in life with family and friends. This isn't about Jason Collier the player, this is about the loss of Jason Collier the man, who loved his community, his family and his life.
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Jason Collier. Our prayers will be with you.
We have gotten to know Jason as Jason's wife Katie is our son's sister-in-law. What a joy it has been to share with him, Katie and Ella at family birthdays and holidays. Jason always treated everyone with respect and was a tremendous family man who truly loved Katie and Ella. His friendliness and family values were always a constant. We will surely miss him. I know my son Kale and daughter in law Debbie are in shock like everyone else right now, but we know that God will lead us through the bad times as well as the good times. We like to remember the good times with Jason and urge Katie to live life happily and fully as Jason would want and take care of his pride and joy, Ella. God bless you and know that our prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.
God Bless and Comfort You
Dwight and Kay Hodges
So sorry ,so young but the lord know best
I was very saddened to hear about Jason's death. My prayers are with his wife and child and his extended family members. May God give you all comfort and relief in this time of sorrow. My prayers goes out to you all...God Bless
As the varsity assistant basketball coach at Triad High school Jason's sophmore and junior season, I remember him as a very talanted and respectful young man. Such a tragic loss at a young age. Rest in peace friend.
Triad High School.
Jason was my cousin a person that i did not see very often, but have watched grow from childhood into a nba star, my two sons looked up to him and we hav e watched a few of his games, i was so very proud and glad for him with all his success,
i was at my mothers house and found out that he had passed away, i feel so bad for my uncle and aunt his parents,
i never had the chance to meet his wife, but know that he had a daughter recently, , i am deeply saddended for them all, nothing can replace the hurt and loss, a terrible loss to the family and equally a loss to the sports world,
I am truly sad to hear the news about Jason. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends.
Jason was a valuable part of two Georgia Tech teams right as I was graduating from Tech, and the recent Hawks teams as well. He will be missed.
I was Joyce Colliers teacher assitant last year. I am sadened by the loss of Jason. I enjoyed wathcing him play basketball. He was a good player. I want to say sorry to the Collier family for their loss. My prayers go out to the family R.I.P Jason
Being lifelong Georgia Tech basketball fan, Jason feels like a family member. I just for his wife and kid, and all of his friends. Rest in peace Jason and thank you so much for the memories.
Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your son Jason. May the good Lord wrap his arms around you now and always.
I am sorry on yuor loss. My thought are with all of you in your time of saddness. Jason will be dearly miss.
We lost a friend and a sports star. Now Jason is the newest star in the sky. We will miss you Jason. But you will never be forgotton. With deepest sympathy,
We are so sorry to hear about Jason. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, daughter, parents, siblings and friends. I have great memories of Jason at CCHS, and my husband, Aaron, fondly remembers Jason at IU.
We wish you comfort and peace.
Joya, Aaron, Raj & Rohan (Mukerjee) Logue
I would like to say to the Collier family, that my prayers are with you. Being from the state of Minnesota, I was blessed with watching him against my beloved University of Minnesota. I was impressed enough to follow his career to Tech. I now live in Georgia and it was an honor to be able to watch such a classy player in person. THANKS for the memories Jason, you will be missed greatly.
We were so sorry to hear about the loss of Jason. Our hearts and prayers go out to his friends and family. He is gone but will never be forgotten!!
You were the best friend and teammate a guy could ever have. I will miss you dearly. I will always remember you and have to smile. The great times we shared together on the court, in the lockerroom, at our dorm room, lake house, concerts, fishing, etc. Your spirit will live on forever.
We will all take care of your lovely wife and daughter. My prayers go out to everyone that was fortunate to be touched by Jason Collier. He epitomized class and character! You are in a better place now. We love you!
My prayers go out to the Collier family in this time of sadness. Jason death is very sad to alot of people. I never met him but I have watched him play. Other then being a NBA star, he has a family. To his wife and daughter and other family, I am so very sorry for your loss, My thoughts are with you. God Bless You in this hard time.
To the Collier Family,
I am saddened and shocked by Jason's death. Having known Jason and enjoyed his visits to my home on Lake Oconee, he will truly be
missed. Katie, to you and your precious daughter, May God Bless You, and I will keep you in my prayers forever.
Don Clary (Greensboro, Ga.)
As an Indiana University alum and fan,it was a very sad day for me when Jason left IU because he and Luke Recker were always two of my favorite IU players. However, this is a much sadder day for basketball fans everywhere due to his very untimely passing. I just want to send my condolences and prayers to his whole family,as well as to the Georgia Tech and Atlanta Hawk families and the entire Atlanta community. May God Bless and comfort all of you.
My prayers and thoughts are with your family Jason. I pray that they will find comfort in God's Love.
I am very sadden by the death of Jason. I had opportunity to speak with Jason on several occassions when I lived in the Springfield area. I even attended an IU practice with some of Jasons friends when he was a freshman. Jason was a great inspiration to anyone he came in contact with. He'll be missed. I send my deepest sympathies to the Collier family.
To the Collier Family:
I was saddened to hear of the sudden death of Jason. I met his father-in-law at Jos A Banks in the East Cobb Avenue and he was the proudest father-in-law in the world. Jason must have been a great person...
I will say a prayer for the family
You will be in our prayers.
Jason i no you will be missed so much because you were loved by many especially our youngest son Stewart.
I remember Jason from his first year here at Indiana, and I can't blame him for wanting to go elsewhere. I'm happy he found success in his career. The basketball world lost a truly great person this weekend. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and teammates.
So young yet so talented smart and determined. May your Family be Blessed and may Our Father keep you with him always. I pray that you are remembered for all the good times and and for all your many blessings. Amen
We are saying prayers for your family.
-Bob and Dana Heidkamp
I'm glad Jason found true happiness leaving Indiana and being welcomed with open arms by Ga. Tech and the classy Bobby Cremins.
Even though I live in Illinois now, I grew up, and will always be, a big Hawks fan. I didn't know much about Jason, but now, after reading all the heartwarming things said about him, it makes me all the more sadder for his death. My thoughts go out to his family, and to the Hawks organization. Let's hope they go out and put up a winning season for him, and their fans.
God Bless! Jason was a very Gentle Giant. He will be missed>..
Just wanted to send my condolences to the Collier family. I met Jason in 96 at a Channel 7 Athlete of the Week banquet and i've followed him ever since. Great guy and he'll be missed.
My son was lucky enough to attend a camp at SCC led by Jason in the summer of 2001. Jason was approachable, humble, and gracious. That week, my son learned a lot about basketball, but even more about being a genuine good guy. Thanks to all of the Collier family for sharing Jason with the world. God Bless all of you!
Our Prayers go out to you and yours for your loss.
The Cox Family
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Collier family,at this very sad time in your lives.R.I.P.Jason.
May the Lord Bless you, keep you, and bring you healing in your time of sorrow. Please know that many will share your grief as many people were touched by knowing Jason.
Having coached against Jason in high school I found out what a great person he was. After SCC beat Bethel by about 60 points I went over to congratulate Jason and to wish him good luck for the rest of the season and in his future, Jason said "Coach, be proud of the way your guys played and handled themselves tonight". From that day on I became a huge Jason Collier fan and had the utmost respect for him. Jason was a wonderful human being and will be missed by us all. May God bless the Collier family.
I didn't know Jason personally but I have seen him play. I was so shocked and it brought back memories for me. I lost my son at the age of 23. He was playing basketball and had a massive heart attack. I send prayers up for his family and I want them to know to cherish his memories because you were blessed to have him as long as you did.
I did not know Jason; however I am saddened to hear of the loss of your loved one and want to express my deepest sympathy to the Collier Family, The Atlanta Hawks Family and The Georgia Tech Family.
Thank for all the great basketball plays and all that you did for the Atlanta Hawks. God Bless You
We met your lovely family one beautiful evening on Lake Lanier at our favorite restaurant -Up the Creek. We were with friends and all in awe of how kind and gentle Jason was with his precious little Ella. We were all saddened to hear the news about Jason passing away. Know our hearts and prayers are with you, your family and the Hawks family. We will all miss Jason's kind spirit and beautiful smile.
I didn't know him personally but, as a Tech and Hawks fan, I have followed him during his career. Mr. Collier played with integrity, professionalism, and passion. Nobody can ever know why such a good guy is taken at such a young and promising age, but he will be missed.
My prayer are with you and your family.
Words cannot fully express the shock and sadness at the loss of such a fine, young life. My prayers go out to his family. Peace be with you.
So Sorry to hear of your Passing
Jason Collier will be missed, he was an amazing talent and i'm sure an even better person.
May God bless Jason Collier and his family.
Rest in peace.
We wish the Atlanta Hawks the best of luck in the 2005-2006 season.
To the Collier family
Neither my wife, Jennifer, my son Sterling or I got to meet Jason personally, but when we went to Hawk games we sat immediately behind you. Because Jason and Royal didn't score all the time, we joined together to cheer for each other's son as well as our own. We will miss Jason and all of you, especially Jason's daughter who seemed to look at us hanging over her mother's shoulder more than she looked at the game. We will think of these experiences and Jason every time we enter Phillips arena. May God continue to bless you in his infinite wisdom and grace.
The Ivey Family Hollis, NY
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Jason was a wonderful guy and I am glad I was able to know him. I can remember being a senior and decortating his locker before the big game when I was a cheerleader at Catholic Central. He always had a smile on his face.I know that when we lost my best friend Kristi Cross, he was there for her younger sister Kelsie. He was a sweetheart. To find comfort in your loss, please keep the Cross Family close to you because they have experienced your pain and can help you through this! May his memory live within you forever!
Our family sends our thoughts and prayers to the collier family. God bless.
I'm so sorry to hear of Jason's passing. I hope Jason's daughter gets to read this one day so she knows how many people were touched by her dad. God bless Jason and all of his loved ones.
MY PRAYER GO TO YOUR FAMILY
You have no idea who I am, but I too have a 28 year old son,and the thought that he could be taken away so young of a heart attack is beyond comprehension. No words, from a stanger, can help the loss you must feel but please know you are in my prayers. God give you strength during the coming days. Know what a wonderful job you must have done to raise such a successful son.
FROM TECH FAN GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AT THIS TIME OF PAIN AND HEARTSHIP REST IN PEACE BROTHER
We don't know why and we may never understand but please take comfort in knowing that Jason will always be remembered***** A BIG heart with a BIG smile
I'm and Indiana fan that always liked Jason's down to earth play on the court. It didn't matter to me where he played. I always will be a fan. My family is truely saddened by the loss of genually blue collar player and our thoughts are with his family.
My condolence goes out to the Collier family and all his Friends, and the Atlanta Falcons teams, a big loss for the family, and a big loss for the team and at ag 28, we sometimes ask, and wonder why, but it's a Godly thing.
My deepest condolences to family and friends. What a great loss!
Today is very sad day for the family of Jason Collier and The Atlanta Hawks. I would like to send my deepest encourgement to the family and just wish that you can find some way to over come this lost OF A LOVE ONE. Just live your life to the fullest and let Jason Collier tradition live on in your heart and in the heart of everyone in the world of sports. "Jason Rest In Peace."
I've been going to Tech games all my life, and as a Tech student now, I followed the Hawks and cheered for the GT representation in Jason Collier enthusiastically. To see the longest-tenured Hawk die so young hurts, but I know good things are happening to him wherever he is. God bless and RIP Jason Collier.
I watched this Jason grow from a high school basketball phenom to a true professional in every sense of the word. In this day and age of pro athletes who don't want to be role models, Jason was a role model that kids could and should look up to.
We shared a lot of common experiences. From family ties in Springfield (Catholic Central), to having the same HS basketball coach, to spending college years in Indiana, to living as young fathers and husbands in metro Atlanta - I always followed him closely even though we were not friends.
I am deeply saddened and shocked by this news. My most sincere condolences go out to the Collier family and every person who is grieving from this loss. May he rest in peace and may his wife and family know how many thousands of lives he touched.
I am saddened and shocked by Jason's death. Having known of Jason through his mother in law and sister in law, Allison, I know he will truly be missed. I always heard what a loving man he was and how he adored his wife and family. May God keep all of you close during this deep time of sorrow.
May God comfort and bless the Collier family.
I could not believe what I read on the ESPN ticker. Jason, you will be missed. I am praying for GOD'S Love to pour down on the family at this terrible time of grief. Thanks for the way you lived your life Jason as a caring, giving person.
Very sorry to hear this. May God bless you and your family.
so talented - so young - please accept my deepest sympathy at this sad time.
I didn't know Jason personally but I played against him in college. The news of his death is really upsetting. He seemed like such a great guy and from the accounts I have read it certainly appears to be true. I pray for his family, for strength for his wife, and that Jason's daughter will always know how special her father was.
God bless your family in this time of sorrow, may he give them the strength to carry on..Surely the world has lost a wonderful young man.
Jason Collier has joined Pete Maravich aqs anoter star in the team to play for all eternity in the greatest game of all in Heaven. Speaking for the Eastern Rite Catholics -- in particular the Maronites and Ruthenians and the Knights of Columbus, I wish condolences on the family of Jason Collier in thbe days ahead as my prayers go out to them. Sincerely, Joe Tibiletti, KTXN and KETI Catholic Radio , Victoria, Texas.
Jason Collier has joined Pete Maravich as anoter star in the team to play for all eternity in the greatest game of all in Heaven. Speaking for the Eastern Rite Catholics -- in particular the Maronites and Ruthenians and the Knights of Columbus, I wish condolences on the family of Jason Collier in thbe days ahead as my prayers go out to them. Sincerely, Joe Tibiletti, KTXN and KETI Catholic Radio , Victoria, Texas.
To the Collier Family,
I and shocked and sadden by the sudden departure of such a fine gentleman. He will be miss by so many. My thought and prayers are with you.
Years ago, I saw Jason play in high school while at Lehman Catholic in Sidney. Jason always played the way the game should be played, and he was even a better human being. After a game, I said hello, and with a big smile, he returned the favor. He was a man of great character, and this loss is tragic. He is in a better place, and he was simply too good for this Earth. God bless you Jason. Thank you for the great memories.
I was so sad to hear of what happened, and all of my prayers will be for your family,wife, and daughter. God Bless.
MAY GOD BE WITH JASONS FAMILY FRIENDS AND TEAM MATES.HE WILL BE MISSED.
My heart goes to the Collier Family. I've never met him but I was reading the news about him. It has touched my heart and felt the need to say I'm sorry for the loss of Jason. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!
To the Collier family I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you. God Bless You.
My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this very sad time. As a former Springfielder, it was with pride that we watched Jason's college and professional careers. He is gone much too soon. For you his family, my heartfelt sympathy.
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE COLLIER FAMILY DURING THESE HARD TIMES.WE'LL NEVER FORGET ALL THE EXCITEMENT HE BROUGHT TO CATHOLIC CENTRAL.
I am from Georgia and stationed in San Diego. I just wanted to give my respects to Jason and his family. RIP Jason. You will be missed.
While I didn't know Jason well only meeting him twice at athletic functions, his loss will be felt by everyone who ever met him. His quick ready smile and genuine joy in life made him a winner before he joined the NBA. To his Wife and Daughter I offer my thoughts and prayers.
May GOD grant you strength and wisdom to weather this storm, and help you to celebrate the life you had together after your season of mourning.
I loved watching Jason play for Georgia Tech and for the Atlanta Hawks. He will be missed, and my heart goes out to his wife, his child, his family, and his friends.
Sorry to the Collier family my thoughts and prayers go out to you. May god bless you in this trying time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. We will always remember the wonderful memories we have of Jason at Catholic Central.
All our Love,
Kevin and Asha (Mukerjee) Ruiz
So sad to hear this shocking news. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Collier family.
To the Family of Jason Collier:
I'm truly sorry about your loss. I pray for you all and may it help you know that others understand your grief. I lost my 24 year old son a year and five months ago to a car accident. God bless Jason and may he rest in peace.
Mrs. Soltan and family
We'll miss you. May your soul R.I.P. We,ll be praying for your immediate family and also the Hawk family.
MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO JASONS WIFE AND DAUGHTER,AND TO THE REST OF THE FAMILY.I KNOW WORDS CANT EXPRESS YOUR TRAGEDY,HOWEVER MY PRAYERS ARE FOREVER WITH YOU ALL!BE STRONG!MAY GOD BE WITH YOU!
JOHN F GREUEL
Currently dealing with problems of my own I turned to what usually helps take me away. Reading the AJC sports section helps remind me of happy times in the past. After reading the headline of Jason's passing, I thought it was ironic that in my state of mind this would be the first thing that I run into.
The Lord works in mysterious ways, however; as overused as that saying goes. In searching to get away from my struggles in life I found the answer in the end of someone else's.
I don't mean to draw attention to myself as this is far from what I indend to do with this entry. In fact I will probably rethink submitting this entry altogether. My only intention is to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the Collier family as well as my condolences.
Unlike some others, I'm not a family friend; I didn't attend the same schools as Jason; I didn't even get a chance to watch him play in a Hawks uniform. But even still, Jason managed to have just as big an impact on my life nonetheless.
My condolences go out to the Collier family, but rest assured that death only robs us of someone's physical being. I can assure you that Jason's spirit will live on.
I am deeply sadden by the death of Jason Collier. He was a great young center in development. My wishes to the Hawks family and his wife and daughter and other family members. My prayers are with you all. One Love.
As a long time fan of both the Yellow Jackets & Hawks, your contributions to both of these teams will be long remembered. However, nothing you did on the court is as important as what you did off of it for your family and friends; to them I express my deepest sympathies. Try to remember him for who he was, not for what he could have been in the future.
Blessings and condolences to Jason's family. Godspeed.
May God be with the Collier family and friends during this difficult time.
As a huge NBA basketball fan I was shocked to hear about Jason's death. I never knew too much about him but as I read about his life and all the peoples' lives that he touched I can see he was a true class act. It's sad to see this happen to one of the really good guys in the league. I wish I could have seen him play. As a new season begins I'm sure Jason will missed througout. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
My heart goes out to the family of this nice young man. Twenty eight is much much too young to die.
May you all find peace in your time of mourning
May you feel the love of
god in your trying time.
My prayers are with the family and
the Hawks family.
May God bless the Collier family
Our prayers are with you
James and Katie.
To the Collier Family. May God be with you and comfort you during this time of sorrow. I guess God needed one more angel.
Jason, you will be missed. As big IU fans and now living in Ohio, we got to know your name and followed your career. My prayers are with your family.
jason you will be truly missed. but i am sure you lived your life to the fullest before god called you home. and may he bless your family thru this difficult time.
May you find peace and rest in heaven.
Jason will be sadly missed by all that have been blessed to know him.He was such a comedian and always had a witty comeback. On his wedding day he was floating on "Cloud 9" and it was extremely obvious that he had been united with his soulmate Katie.I have known Jason for many years and always loved to be at the special occasions in his life because he was such a special person and he was so fun to be around.Jeff and Joyce,you did a spectacular job in raising a fine young man that definitely displayed the values that all people should live life by. This is a loss that will be felt by more people than you can even imagine. My family sends their deepest heartfelt sympathy to you and Jason's entire family. GO IRISH ,JACKETS & HAWKS...Jason will live forever in our hearts.
I was shocked when I heard of this tragedy. My prayers are with your family. A great loss to the Georgia Tech family. We were blessed to have Jason play for the Yellow Jackets.
Jason was scheduled to come to our church, Zion Baptist in Braselton, today (Saturday) to give autographs to young children who were signing up for a christian-based basketball & cheerleading league. We were all sadden by his death, but we knew he was in Heaven. Prayer was said for his family and friends for acceptance and understanding. God be with you all.
Luci, my girlfrined and I went to his wifes sisters wedding. Jason and his wife held the rehersal dinner at their house on Lake Lanier. He was so nice and so friendly. If he was not 7 ft. tall you would have thought he dug ditches for a living, he was that down to earth. His eyes lit up at the wedding while holding his daughter. Luci and I are very hurt by this accurance. Their entire family on both sides are extremenly sincere and honest people. Why is it the good die young? It has made me think in ways I never did before.
I have a four year grandson who brings joy to all of us...especially his dad. The game is just a game, but a family can be the joy of life. You will be in my thoughts.
My deepest condolences are extended to Jason Collier's Mom, Dad, Wife and Daughter, as well as all other family and friends. His life ending so prematurely at only 28 years of age is tragic. His unforeseen passing serves as a reminder of the uncertainty of our next second and how precious are our moments to live, as well as the importance of letting those we cherish know they are loved...while we still can. Jason and his folks appear to have let it be known both ways. May God bless.
Today is a sad day for all of us. We lost someone great. I would like to send my condolences to Collier family, I know yall are going through some very tuff times. I wish all of you the best and I will forever remember Jason for the great person he was.
RIP Jason you will be missed.
Great loss of a great man, he will be missed!
To the Collier family and the Atlanta Hawks family my heart, thoughts and prayers go out to you. Keep keeping on and keep your head up and rermember to keep God first.
I was shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Jason Collier. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and his friends and teammates. As sad as it is, everything happens for a reason.
Its sad to hear a bad thing like that happend to a young man like him.
I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Jason Collier. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, daughter, family and friends.
I actually worked at the dorms at Indiana University while in High School growing up in Bloomington, Indiana and actually saw Jason a few times eating dinner while he was at IU. He was always happy, kind and sincere.
My parents also had season tickets and I got to see Jason play on numerous occasions while he was at IU. As I entered IU, Jason had already transferred to GA Tech, but I still followed his career with the Yellow Jackets and later with the Hawks. I also had the opportunity to see the Hawks and Pacers play last November and got to see Jason play again.
I was shocked to hear the news today and am very shocked and saddened. If there's any solace in all of this, it's that he's in a much better place now. RIP, Jason! You will be missed by many.
I am shocked to hear about the loss of a great man at such a young age. My thoughts and prayers are with the Collier family and friends, and the Atlanta Hawks. God bless
R.I.P. Jason :( To your family and friends...may they be comforted in their mourning.
What a loss for the Hawks and Georgia Tech. My condolences to his wife and daughter and all of his friends everywhere. I know they are just shocked at his loss.
God Bless the Collier family. A life not lived is a life lost.. Sounds like you life was complete and your presence touched many.
To the Collier family. Sorry to hear about your loss. May peace be with you.
The sports world has lost one of its great personalities and we as a Georgia Tech family have lost one of our own.Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Collier family.
MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH ALL WHO KNEW THIS YOUNG MAN.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL......
I remember growing up as an athlete in Kettering, and how my cousins in Springfield talked about this great athlete they had but what a great person you were. You will be missed!!!
My family and I wish to express our condolences and sympathies of the sudden passing of Jason. May God have mercy on his soul and give his family blessed relief and strength in the days ahead.
To the Colliers:
I heard of your loss this afternoon on the radio and I am, above all things, shocked. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, as well as in the hearts and minds of all Hawks fans.
With my wife and I both being high school basketball coaches here in Atlanta, we are very sad for the family of Jason and the basketball family of Atlanta.
We have supported Georgia Tech and Atlanta Hawks and he was a valuable part of both organizations.
Our hearts are with the family and friends.
I am very sorry that this young mans life ended at a short age our prayers are with his family.
Life is a mystery which we all indure
and death is something to happen for sure
we're never prepared to lose the ones that we love,
but God has a reason for calling us all.
The time to remember is his life well spent, with loved ones and friends and good times to vent.
Jason has left us, and we'll remember him well, God will bless his family and help them to heal.
The Hawks were his family and loved him as much, He brought joy and happiness to all that he touched.
Our prayers and thoughts are with the Collier family.
Dolores Montgomery, Connie Carter
Jason and Family,
I am shocked and very saddened. We had great times together throughout college and your loyalty, hard work, and happy go lucky attitude are an example to us all forever. We all will miss you.
I AM SORRY FOR THE LOST OF SUCH A NICE YOUNG MAN, TO THE FAMILY AND HAWKS ORGANIZATION, MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU,
I did't know this young man, how sad to read that such a young man passed away.I send my love and sympathy to his wife and daughter.
Our family had the opportunity of watching Jason play at Georgia Tech. He was the consumate team player!
I am shocked and saddened to hear of this young man's untimely death. To his wife, parents, daughter and friends ... our heartfelt thoughts and smypathy.
Jason, you will be missed, RIP.
May you find comfort in the arms of Jesus until you see Jason again.
Prayers of comfort to Jason's family. As a Houston Rocket fan, I was disappointed when Jason was traded early in his career. It was evident he was a solid citizen and could be counted on to give his all. So sad to lose this fine young man.
My prayers goes out to the Collier family and friends. God Bless
The righteous pass on and no one knows in his heart why;devout men are taken away, no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death." Isaiah 57:1-2
May you know the peace that passes understanding as you remember and grieve for your son, husband and father. He was a righteous young man.
You will never be forgotten....from all of us in Indiana. You will be missed.
You will never be forgotten....from all of us in Indiana. You will be missed.
I met Jason a few months back when he came in to apply for a building permit for his house , he was a very friendly young man and I am totally shocked. We had conversation while he was there and he was excited to be doing the building of his new home and mentioned that he might like to try building more homes "if his went well".....I will pray for the family and all that knew him ...God Be with you all...
My deepest sympathy goes out to the Collier family, the Tech family and the Hawks family. Jason will truely be missed.
"... I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Hebrews 13:5 KJV
"... I have remembrance of thee in my prayers..." 2Timothy 1:3 KJV
As a new season ticket holder, my son Solomon and I were able to attend the Hawks AM practice last Saturday. We got to see Jason and his teammates up close and personal - doing what they enjoyed most - bringing entertainment to others by playing basketball.
The Smothers Family and the Hillcrest Church of Christ Youth Ministry of Decatur Georgia extend our deepest sympathies and our most sincere prayers for Jason's family, fans, teammates, and coaches.
May God bless you all and keep your heads up.God don't make mistakes Jason has joy now!Remember that we are all with you in your time of need.
Jeff & Joyce.
I was so shocked and sadden to hear the news this afternoon on CNN. Julie and I will keep your family in our prayers. If there is anything we can do for your family here in Atlanta, please call us. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Love & prayers,
John & Julie Hursh
My condolescences to this young man, I am a fan of NBA and anytime there is a passing of a young man before he has blossomed is tragic. My prayers are with his family. He will be missed and should not be forgotton. Peace to you Jason Collier.
I only can say one thing, Jason: your son, your friend, your neighbour is sleeping until the day of Our Great God in majesty will come and He will wipe every tear of our eyes. There be no more death or more mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. May the Lord bless you and be ready for that great day.
MAY GOD BE WITH THE COLLIER FAMILY IN THEIR TIME OF BEREAVEMENT. I SHALL KEEP THEM IN MY PRAYERS!!!
This is a sad day in atlanta sports. My prayer goes out to the Collier Family and The Hawks.
People come and go, some we share our lives with others we barely even know. In life things happen for reasons we never really understand so we turn to our family and friends to help us maintain. I hope that Jason left you with memories that will carry you through your tough times.
This is a total shock to hear of Mr. Collier's passing.I just saw him play four nights ago against Orlando and I took note of how well he played. I realize that God has a plan for each and every one of us, but there is no preparation whatsoever when a young person is lost in the prime of his life. All that we can do is trust God's wisdom and pray for Jason and his family. The Hawks need to place his jersey in the rafters alongside the other great Hawks that are honored in Philips Arena.
I just came home and logged onto the internet and to see this story about Jason was an absolute shock....I am a GT grad and was glad when Jason transferred to Tech to finish his career...when he signed with the Hawks it was great to see a Tech man come back home....my heart goes out to his family....Jason you will not be forgotten...you carried yourself with class....God Bless you and God bless your wife and daughter....RIP Big Man.....
I am very sad about the loss of this young and talented man. I cant believe it. It almost brought me to tears when I found out. Jason Collier will be missed and forever in our hearts.
Our hearts go out to the family of Jason. Trust in him in your time of need and he will give you strenght. God bless
As a former Atlanta Hawks season ticket holder who now lives in the Philadelphia area and is still a fan, I offer condolences and best wishes for the Collier family. May Jason rest in peace.
My sympathy is with the family of this wonderful young man. May God sustain you in the days ahead.
MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY AS DO MY PRAYERS FOR COMFORT.
I just read of Jason's passing online. To his family, wife and daughter - I am so sorry for your loss. Though there are no words to comfort you now, I hope that your happy memories of Jason will bring you peace. Surely, he is one of God's newest angels.
I am so Sorry to hear of your lost, I would like to encourage you to continue praying and asking God for the strength to get through this...With God's undeserved kindness and love for his children he will ease your pain.
In the meantime I will continue to pray for you and your family.
My prayers and wishes go out to the Collier family. Jason is now in a better place watching over those he left behind.
You were a pleasure to watch on TV, and I'm sure an even greater person in the lives of those you touched.
I have always been a huge Hawks fan since the 70's. This is one of the most tragic stories I can remember.Living in North Carolina I have never gotten over the Bobby Phils Tragic death in a car crash. I pray for his family members that will be left to endure his leaving us. He will forever be in my heart!!!!
I am sorry to hear the bad news, I seen him couple of time when I go to airport. He was always smiling and determine to be the best at what he do it seem... He truely will be miss by alot of people.
Acts2 24:15 "I have hope toward God...that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous."
I never knew of Jason Collier until I went to ajc.com to search for jobs. And as I open this site and saw what happen to Jason, I had to pause and pray that God is with his family at this time and that he strengthing them at this time of sadness to be strong.
I love the NBA, can't get enough of it, so to see someone in that group of men loose their life to anything, hits home with me.
So to his wife and child, God bless you.
My husband and I lost our light of our lives, our 20 year old daughter, July 26th. Our hearts go out to your family. Please accept our condolences, thoughts and prayers for your tremendous loss. We know what you are going through.
Way too early for this to happen to you....it doesn't seem fair....
May God comfort your family and friends in this time of grief. Rest in Peace.
God bless the Collier family
i AM VERY SAD ABOUT THE LOSS OF JASON. HE WAS A GREAT BASKETBALL PLAYER.
The grace of a Hawk, now has God's grace on his family. From an old Hawk's fan from when they played at Georgia Tech in the 70's, prayers to the family and Hawk's organization.
Truly a great shock. My prayers and thoughts to the wife and daughter and the entire Hawks Family. God Bless. A fellow basketball fan and mother of a basketball player
My prayers to the family, may God bless you all.
I am very saddened by Jason's death,he will be greatly missed,and our thoughts and prayers are with Jason's wife and family.
God Bless you and your family, Jason. Thanks for all you did for Georgia Tech
TO THIS YOUNG MAN'S FAMILY YOU HAVE MY MOST HEARTFELT SYMPATHY IN YOUR LOST OF A LOVE ONE.MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL FOREVERMORE.
Our thoughts and prays go out to the entire family. May the Lord be with all the friends and family members during this sad loss.
My condolences goes out to his wife, daughter and the Collier family,I watched Jason when he played at GT.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Collier family.He was a great addition to the Hawks during the past season.He did a great job.
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS OUR WITH YOU KATIE AND ELLA I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE GOOD TIMES WE HAD TOGETHER.GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMAILY LOVE ERIN AND MARVIN ROBBINS
I pray for the Collier for family loss and I sincerely hope that you look at God to continue to provide for your family!
May the Lord Jesus give you strength in this time of bereavement. The thoughts and prayers of millions are with you at this time.
Such a loss at such a young age, my heart goes out to his family.
My heart also goes out to the
entire Atlanta Hawks organization and fans of the NBA. Jason you
will be missed.
I did not know him, but he seemed to be a great person and a good player. I'm praying for his family, that they will be strong through this time. God Bless you.
I still remember watching Jason Collier play at Indiana, he and Luke Recker were my favorite two college players. Heck I can still remember watching his interviews on channel 29/4. I followed his career after he left IU, and I can't believe he is gone. My thoughts go out to the family.
I am sorry for the loss. Jason was not always the biggest player on the court, but he never gave up and always gave 100%.
Like an earlier writer, Shae Jackson from Macon, Georgia, I too was so surprised and saddened to read of Jason's death. Jason, may God who is so Good hold you now in His Beloved arms and grant rest and absolute happiness to your soul. God love you for having such a profound effect on others' lives'.
To the Collier family, Hawks, and Tech family. It was a blessing to have Jason play in this city and hearing the news hurts. GOD is with Jason and his family.
I'M truly sorry for the loss of one of our family members. He will be missed. Deepest sympathy to his family is our prayer. May the Hawks keep you in their prayers.
I'm so sorry to hear about this. I have been following his career since he was at GaTech. This is so sad. My thoughts are with you.
What sad news to hear of Jason's death. It is a tragic reminder that we are only promised today. God bless his family and the Hawks organization.
sorry for the loss I have been watching him ever since he was at gt
It's a tragedy today to lose such a great role model and such a professional on and off the court. My thoughts and prayers are with the Collier family. We must all be thankful for what we have and realize to appreciate our lives. I will miss you shooting those jumpers from the baseline in the early parts of the game to get us a lead. Your gonna be looking down on our Hawks this year as we dedicate this season in your memory. Gone but never forgotten Jason! Much love, Sean!
It is always tragic to hear of someone who's life had to end at such a young age.
I can't begin to imagine the pain Jason's friends, family and team mates must be feeling right now.
Please accept our condolences and remember Jason everyday.
You will be reunited again.
Sorry for your loss...
I meet Jason one time in his hometown of Springfield,Ohio right after he was drafted to the NBA and he was one nice people in the world just chilled out with everyone laughed and talked and told us stories about his college games and how he wanted to carry that over to the NBA to his family and friend I'm sorry for you lost and R.I.P. Jason #40 and #52 you will be missed big guy.
To know how hard Jason worked to get back to the L, and to know how happy he was to get his family back to Atlanta, it is sad to see it all come to an end way too soon.
I wish his soul a rich blessing and his family comfort as only He can give.
I AM NOT A BASKETBALL FAN, BUT MAY GOD BE YOUR COMFORT IN YOUR TIME OF SORROW.
My condolences to his family and friends. I enjoyed watching him play at Tech and with the Hawks. What a shame.
I would like to send out my conduluces to the Jason Colliers family your prayers will be with the entire sports world, my family, he was a great athlete and he will certainly be missed!
My prayers and blessings go out to the Collier family, extended family and Hawks organization. He was just beginning, but I am hopeful that in this short time, his life brought love and hope to many.
This is really bad news to hear.Collier will always be remembered by myself and the Hawks.My thoughts and prayers go out to the Collier family
I met the Collier family when I was fifteen years old and I watched Jason's first collegiate game against UConn. My brother-in-law battled against Jason when he transferred to the ACC in some great Clemson vs. Georgia Tech matchups. Needless to say I have been a fan of Jason's for years, and I am shocked and saddened to hear this news. I pray for Jason's young child and wife, as well as his family that I met so many years ago. We all support you during this difficult time.
I followed you through your playing day's at Georgia Tech as a fan and with the Hawks and are truely sorry and saddened for the family.May god bless them all.
My condolences to all of Jason Collier's family and friends. It so sad to see such a young man pass.
Please accept our condolences. We pray for the Lord to fill your hearts with peace during this time of sorrow.
I was absolutely shocked and saddened to see news of Jason's untimely death. He was a great person and a great player. May his spirit live on. As a Georgia alum I always had a lot of respect for him and his game while he was at Tech. My heart and sympathies go out to the Collier Family, to the Georgia Tech Family, and to the Hawks Family.
Sad, sad news. God Bless him and his family.
My thoughts are with Jason's family and the Hawks family. No words can comfort you right now, but please know you're in the hearts of all Hawks fans.
To The Jason Collier:
I am so sorry for your lost, always remember god takes the best ones. Now he is an Angel and he will be watching over you all his family.
Blessed Geri In Georgia
Hawks Play like its your last Game
and make Jason Proud of being a HAWK
We at George's Motor Coach will
keep the Collier Family in our
I am very sorry to hear on your tragic loss.It is a loss for all.May god strengthen the Collier family,close friends,and The whole atlanta hawks family as well.It can be tough,working and hooping one day with ya boy,and u come to the court the next day and find out this.It shows that we all have a duty here on earth,find out what it is,and love god and save yourself to the fullest.U never know when its time.I am a big atlanta hawks fan,he will be missed greatly,but most of all by his family.I pray for those who know his wife and family to rally around them be there for them.For there will be sleepless nights,alot of tears for both sorrow and joy,because he is going to a better place.May god be with u all,David Donerlson
Please know people "care"... even though we have never known or met Jason. We know he was too young to be "taken."
Respectfully, Karen DiOrio
Our prayers are with you at this difficult time. --James and Shawn Hurst
A great player. Only the good die young.
MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY,IN YOU TIME OF SORROW.
What a tragedy...my thoughts and prayers go out to this young wife and the families and friends of Jason Collier. This is a shock to all those who have followed and watched this young man and observed his spirit of excellence.
I am Sorry for your lost. I am a big fan of the Hawks. God Bless and Keep You Strong.
My prayers are with the families, blood and basketball. You inspired me to preform at my best in basketball during your tenure at Ga Tech. Thank You Jason, and God Speed.
I WOULD LIKE TO SEND MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
I am a fan from Germany who has been coming and going to/from Atlanta for the past six years. I remember the exuberance everyone felt at Philips Arena when Jason's name was announced as he entered the games last season. We will miss him dearly.
I really dont know what to think about this because it is all so sudden when I logged onto the site I did'nt expect to read this at all , It's sad man just when things were getting better for the team this happens, I feel for his family especially they have lost a really great person from how he played on the court makes me think he was a unselfish person it seems like he never complained about anything that's why I was and will always be a big fan of Jason Collier and the ATL Hawks RIP
AGAIN RIP JASON I WILL MISS YOU , AND SO WILL ALL THE HAWKS, AND FANS
May God give the family and friends the strength to to cope in this very trying time.
Man a great indivdual but he's in a better place now.
My thoughts and prayers are with Colliers. He was a fine man.
God Bless you. I feel so sorry for your family. I did not know you but, this is so sad.
our deepest sympthy to the family and friends.
My heart goes out to the Collier family at this time. I didn't know Jason, but it's sad to hear of a death so young and to leave behind a family. God bless!!!!
My heartfelt condolences to the family of Jason. He was indeed an asset to the sport of basketball. I know he will be missed by the Hawks but more importantly by his family and friends.
Thanks for the memories on the court. You will be missed deeply. Without you the Hawks will never be complete. R.I.P.
You'll be missed. Our prayers go out to the Collier family.
As a former college basketball player and now coach my heart goes out to Jason's wife and family as well as the Hawks what a tragedy for everyone in the sports world. God Bless
Condolences to the Collier hawks and georgia tech families
I'm shocked by this news and deeply saddened. During my brief time working with the Hawks, Jason was friendly to me as a very low person on the totem pole.
My prayers and thoughts go out to his wife, family and friends. Somebody of his character will be greatly missed by those who knew him much better than myself.
my thoughts and prayers go out to the Collier family.
My thoughts go out to the Collier family...
We would like to send our condolences to the Collier family.
My condolences to the Collier Family and especially to his wife.
As a student at Georgia Tech, long time Jackets fan, and long time Hawks fan, I am deeply saddened by this tragedy. I enjoyed watching Jason play most of his career in Atlanta, whether it was in college or the pros. He will be missed by the city.
my prayers and sympathy goes out to his family..
I would like to send my deepest sympathy to the family and team of this wonderful player. He will be missed not only by his family, but by the loyal fans of the Atlanta Hawks.
Our prayers our with you.
So sorry to hear about Jason, my sincere condolences to his friends and family.
My thoughts go out to his wife and family.
My deepest sympathy to his family and teammates.