ANTRIM - Ronald D. Collier, 75, of Clinton Road in Antrim, died peacefully Saturday, Nov. 3, at his residence surrounded by his family, following a lengthy illness.
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He was born Aug. 18, 1937, in New York, N.Y., son of the late Leonard D. and Stella (Litwin) Collier.
Mr. Collier was a 1955 graduate of Chicopee (Mass.) High School and earned his master's degree in fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Mr. Collier was a professor of art and film history at Bennett College in Millbrook, N.Y., from 1967 until its closing in 1977. He then taught at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., until his retirement in 1986.
He was a resident of Antrim since 1986 and previously lived in Hyde Park, N.Y.
He was an avid collector of old movies, films, books and music. He had a vast knowledge of old movie trivia.
Mr. Collier enjoyed painting, which he did every day of his life until his illness prevented him. He displayed his paintings at the yearly art exhibit in the Antrim Grange.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dolores (De Luca) Collier of Antrim; his three daughters, Deirdre Caswell of Appleton, Maine, Dana Collier Holm of Hillsborough and Megan Collier of Antrim; his son, Matthew Collier, also of Antrim; three grandchildren; a half-brother, Ernest Van Dyke, of Springfield, Mass.; three sisters, Cathy La Pine of Springfield, Mass., Virginia Cruthers and Dolly Mercado, both of Chicopee, Mass.; as well as several nieces and nephews.
There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today at 10 a.m. in St. Peter's Church of the Divine Mercy Parish, 18 Vine St. in Peterborough. The Rev. Gerald "Gerry" Belanger, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Bennington.
The Cournoyer Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 33 River St., Jaffrey is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online memorial, send a condolence to the Collier family or for more information, visit www.cournoyerfh.com.
Cournoyer Funeral Home & Cremation Center
33 River Street
Jaffrey, NH 03452-0486
Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript from Nov. 6 to Nov. 7, 2012