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Collie, James Bernard
of Phoenix, Arizona, went to be with his eternal savior, Jesus Christ on May 11, 2011 after a valiant battle with kidney cancer. Jim was born in Los Angeles. He was the first son of the proud parents, Bernard Collie (Los Angeles) and Mary (Black Pool England). He was in the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 190, and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended Birmingham High School, Pierce College and California State University of Northridge. Jim married the love of his life Gloria Collie and they enjoyed 37 years of a loving marriage together. Jim was always a leader and an inspiration to all from an early age. He quickly became a manager in the grocery store Thriftimart and proved his leadership abilities by gaining the confidence of all whom he worked with. Later he transitioned to working as a criminal investigator for the Department of Treasury, Criminal Investigation Division. Jim earned a reputation for being a "bulldog" in his work, as he was known to have the capacity to go in and "get the job done". Jim was well liked and was promoted to manager. Jim retired in 2004 and then went to work for Charles Schwab Investments and ran the company's security division from their Phoenix, AZ location. He retired from there in 2009 when his cancer came back. Jim loved his family and the outdoors. He loved to watch NFL football on TV and he would call his brother often and chat about the games that they just watched from two different states. Jim had a fantastic sense of humor. On one occasion he attached a large number of party poppers to his front door, so when his brother came into the house, they went off with a loud bang. Jim had a good laugh and teased his brother about that often. Jim loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He loved his family and showed great affection and respect for all. As a loving father he was generous and attentive, always being an example to follow. He made time available to friends and family and would offer solutions and answers, or thoughts about any subject when asked. He was a joy to be around. Jim fought his disease courageously with dignity and no complaints. Most who knew Jim, and were associated with him are of the opinion that this kind and capable man was taken from this earth, far too early. Jim led by example and inspired others to be their best. Jim made those around him smile with his quick wit and was generous, kind-hearted and tolerant. He will be terribly missed. Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Mary, his son Eddie, and his father Bernard. He is survived by his wife Gloria, his brother Charles (Catherine), sister Michelle, brother-in-law, Jay (Nicole), sister-in-law Beth (Myron), his nephew, Thomas, and nieces, Sarah, Shawn, Ashley, and Meghan, and grand-nephew Ayden. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., at Queen of Heaven Mortuary Chapel 1562 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, AZ 85204. Burial will follow services at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Queen of Heaven Mortuary.

Published in The Arizona Republic on May 18, 2011
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