Lewis Byck Collat
1926 - 2020
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Lewis Byck Collat

2/24/1926 - 2/24/2020

Lew was born in Savannah, GA to Siena and Elise Collat. After military service in World War II, he attended Georgia Tech on the GI Bill, earning a Mechanical Engineering degree with highest honors. When the DuPont Co. beckoned, Lew came to Wilmington and began his career in 1950 at the Experimental Station where he met the love of his life, Mary Grace. They married in 1955 and had three children, of whom he was so very proud.

In 1985, he retired and began welcoming his eight granddaughters. He continued his love of music by helping to found a Dixieland band, "The UUpbeats," and playing clarinet with them.

Lew will be remembered for his very active membership in the First Unitarian Church where his memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 2:00. In "Lew" of flowers, donations can be made to the church or the Southern Poverty Law Center to help Make America Kind Again.

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Published in The News Journal from Feb. 25 to Feb. 29, 2020.
Memorial service
02:00 PM
First Unitarian Church
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February 19, 2021
Still missing this warm, gentle, thoughtful man. He brought so much love to this world.
Barbara Crowell
April 8, 2020
Just found out my old neighbor died. Love you lew! Miss you
Barbara Rumbold
March 1, 2020
So sorry to learn of the death of this kind helpful person. What a role model for all.
The McKelveys
Carol McKelvey
February 27, 2020
Mary and family, we were so sorry to learn of Lew's passing. What a kind and gentle man. He was so welcoming to us when we first joined First Unitarian Church. We count ourselves fortunate to have known him. We will certainly miss him.

David and Kathi Weiss
David Weiss
February 27, 2020
David Weiss
February 26, 2020
What a sad, sad loss of one of the kindest, gentlest, thoughtful people I have known! Mary and children, my heart goes out to you.
Barbara Crowell
February 26, 2020
Linda and her siblings (Bobbi / Michael ) and Linda's mom -- my deepest sympathies. Sending good vibes to DE from MD. Take care of each other.
Hamilton Quant
February 26, 2020
Mr. Collat was always happy to see us, celebrate our accomplishments and inspired us to be better. We all loved him dearly! He was a gem of a human being and we will miss him. He is a model of true kindness and humanity.. Love, Beth, John, Diann, and Chris Moore
February 26, 2020
Sorry for your loss
Diane Palmer
February 26, 2020
Absolutely the most congenial individual I have ever met- head and shoulders above the fray of human discord and discontent...a lovely man!
Mike Toll
February 26, 2020
Mary & family - no one welcomed people to our church with more enthusiasm than Lew. I am so grateful to have his model to follow. With warm memories of your husband and father, I will celebrate his life with you on Saturday.
Jackie Feldman
February 25, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Please find peace and comfort in knowing that God cares for you in your time of need. 1 Pet. 5:7
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