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David Beebe Collier August 21, 1967 - July 25, 2012 Mystic - David Beebe Collier, 44, died July 25, 2012 at Camp Yawgoog in Hopkinton, R.I. His family will receive friends Friday, August 3rd from 4-7 pm at the Mystic Funeral Home, Route 1 Mystic (51 Williams Ave). A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 4th at 9:00 A.M., also at the Mystic Funeral Home. Funeral celebrant Patricia A. Moody will officiate. David was born August 21, 1967 in Concord, MA to Jean and Dana Collier. David was a beloved father and husband who gave his time generously to a vast array of organizations including his son's Boy Scout troop; his local American Mensa chapter, where he served as Corporate Counsel, LocSec, and test proctor; the Manchester Police & Fire Bagpipe Band; New England Historic and Genealogical Society. He provided guidance and mentorship to hundreds of our youth as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 76 in Mystic; a Cubmaster for Pack 4 in Norwich; as a Venturing Crew Advisor; and as a merit badge counselor. Dave completed his Wood Badge training in NE-II-192 and was a member of the Fox Patrol and the Order of the Arrow. David was quick to laugh and smile, debate, and share his strong opinions on any subject. He played the bagpipes and was a big fan of comic books, gaming, and so many other things. He touched absolutely everyone he came in contact with. He was an Attorney who had published several articles for various legal journals and did an extensive amount of pro bono work. He also served as Digital Project Leader at FM Global in Johnston, R.I. Prior to his career, David was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a graduate of the class of 1985 at N.F.A. and earned his B.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in Business Administration, with minors in Finance and Physical Science at Eastern Connecticut State University. He earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of Connecticut. David is survived by his loving wife Shonya (Kowal) Collier, daughter, Isabella and son, Gager; his sisters, Margaret Blumie and her husband, Steve, and their daughter, Jean Rynaski; Harriet Fairbanks and her son, Tyler; his brothers, Dana Collier, Isham Collier and Forrest Collier and his sons, Joblin and Charlie Younger and Christopher and Jamie Collier. He is also survived by his father-in-law, Zeno Kowal of Wethersfield; his mother-in-law, Barbara Kowal of Groton and his sisters-in-law, Gretchen Oppy and her husband, Brian and their daughter, Madeline Chesbro; and Alexis Tattersall and her husband, George, and their son, George. He is predeceased by his parents, Jean and Dana Collier of Norwich. In lieu of flowers, contributions will be accepted to the Collier Family Memorial Fund. Please contact any Charter Oak Federal Credit Union for details. Please visit www. mysticfuneralhome.com to leave an online message of condolence and for directions to the funeral home.

Published in Norwich Bulletin on July 31, 2012
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