Charles Collison

Obituary of Charles H Collison

In Loving memory of Charles H. Collison III, of Endwell, who passed away Friday, October 15, 2021. Charlie viewed life as a journey not a destination and he thoroughly enjoyed his journey. Charlie took the twists and turns of life with his loving wife, Patricia Murren Collison by his side for 61 years. Together they successfully navigated everything that life sent their way. Charlie was born in New York City, but was raised in Bridgeport, CT, where he met his wife, Patricia. He graduated from Bassick High School (1956), the College of William & Mary (1960), and University of Virginia (J.D., 1962). Charlie entered the Reserve Officer Training Corps when he was 17 and underwent infantry training at Ft. Benning. He served aboard a Navy Vessel during the Cuban Missile Crisis, where a rumor falsely spread aboard the ship that his unit was a group of elite commandoes. Charlie attributed much of his success in life to the confidence he gained during his military service. Although he had intended for his law degree to prepare him for a career in business or banking in New York City, where he could channel his intellect and ambition, Charlie excelled as a self-employed attorney in Endicott for over sixty years, much of it spent at Thomas, Collison & Meagher, which he founded. For over 20 years, Charlie represented the Town of Union and for 12 years the Village of Endicott. Charlie enjoyed every aspect of being a lawyer. He viewed his clients as friends and really wanted to do his best for everyone. He also enjoyed his co-workers and viewed them as his second family. When he wasn't working Charlie loved being at Cayuga Lake surrounded by his family and reading every financial news periodical he could find. Charlie was a passionate, loyal, loving, caring and conscientious man with a great and biting sense of humor. He would give his all to any situation that needed his attention. He loved his family deeply and enjoyed sharing the joys of life with his wife, Patricia, his children, Laurie (Bob), Jill (Matt), David (Colleen), Gary (Marie), his grandchildren, Jeff, Dan, Maddie, Jack, Sarah, and his great granddaughter, Brianna. We love you Charlie and there will forever be a gap in our hearts. There will be a private memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation to their favorite charity.
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