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Timothy Alan Collar

October 8, 1955 ~ December 18, 2021 (age 66)

Obituary

Gardner – Timothy “Tim” Alan Collar, 66, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Saturday, December 18, 2021. 

Tim was born in Longview, Washington on October 8, 1955, the youngest child of the late Floyd G. and Barbara (Isham) Collar. 

Tim experienced many different parts of the country, and many different schools during his childhood including Washington, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Massachusetts, as his family relocated for his father’s career. He graduated from Highline High School in Burien, Washington in 1973. He enlisted in the Navy in 1976, and proudly served during the Vietnam War. He achieved the rank of Machinist Mate Class 2 (MM2). During his enlistment, he served on the submarine USS Sunfish (SSN-649) as the oxygen generator operator. He was honorably discharged in 1982. 

Tim has been a resident of Ashburnham & Gardner for most of his adult life. He attended Junior college at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington. He worked as a Sous chef at Mount Wachusett, the Mountain Barn, as well as other local restaurants. Tim learned the skill of preserving meats and fish at the former Sutherland Smoke House in Westminster and continued to treat his family with the delicacy of homemade jerky. He also worked for Brookside Farms in Ashburnham, where he loved to be around animals. Tim was known as a “Gentle Giant” to those who knew him well.  He loved cooking, baking (cheesecakes were a specialty of his), music and playing the guitar. He was a voracious reader who coveted Stephen King novels. 

Family was the most important part of Tim’s life. He will be forever remembered by his sisters, Leslie Collar of Ashburnham, Liz Ahlin and her husband Rick of Ashburnham; his brother, Steve Collar and his wife Jane of Westminster; three nieces, Jen Ahlin, Amanda Arsenault and her husband Ryan, Abby Shea and her husband Tim; two nephews, Jeffrey Collar and fiancé Angela; Daniel Collar and wife Angela; great-nieces Lilly, Brooke, Calliet, and Emma; four great-nephews Matthew, Connor, Reid and Ross.

UT’s nuggies will never be forgotten.

Burial will be private.

Tim would never expect anyone to donate to a cause that was not dear to their heart, however Tim asked that his own remaining funds be donated to causes that were dear to his; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, New England Chapter https://www.jdrf.org/donate, and the ASPCA, https://www.aspca.org/ways-to-give.

Tim’s legacy will be one of kindness and gentleness.

John F. Masciarelli, James M. Hebert and Terresa Shea, Funeral Directors.

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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Web: https://www.jdrf.org/donate/

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
424 E. 92nd St, New York NY 10128-6804
Web: https://www.aspca.org/

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