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Born: Sun., Jan. 10, 1937
Died: Thu., Aug. 19, 2021


9:30 AM to 10:00 AM, Tue., Aug. 24, 2021
Location: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church

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10:00 AM Tue., Aug. 24, 2021
Location: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church

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Dr. John Collis passed away Thursday August 19, 2021 at the age of 84. He was born in Domianons Eurytaxia, Greece and came to the United States in 1948. Dr. Collis received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration, and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Kentucky and his Ph.D from The University of Iowa. He retired in 2017 as Professor Emeritus from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa where he was a Professor for over 30 years. He served as Dean of the College of Business, Director of the H.L. McLaughlin M.B.A. Program as well and a professor of Business Administration and Managerial Studies teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Collis also authored two books. Dr. Collis’ passion was teaching. He not only passed on his knowledge to his students, but also his love of learning. He spent whatever time was needed to make sure they succeeded. John is survived by his wife of 48 years, Helen Balafas Collis. He was the son of William and Olga Collis. He was predeceased by his brothers, Stanley and Gus Collis. Also surviving are his sister in laws, Eva Collis and Athena (George) Canavas, several nieces and nephews and extended family members. A Funeral Service will be held in St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Rd., Orange, CT Tuesday August 24th at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow in East Side Cemetery, Woodbridge, CT.

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gus g. & alice collis
   Posted Thu August 26, 2021
Dear Helen: We, ( & especially I) are shocked of John's passing and pray for your strength facing his loss. I recall vividly many and so pleasant memories of him, deep rooted back @ Domianous; playing war games with my best friend, his own brother Gus W. Our families have been always so tightly connected as far back in the past centuries when our ancestral forefathers' name was, "Ninis" which preceded Kolios, aka Eng.=Collis. All have generated high achievers and John was no exception. With tears in my eyes, all I can say, "O Theos na anapavsi tin psichoula-tou".

Mary D O'Leary
   Posted Fri September 03, 2021
Dear Helen, We recently learned of John's death. John was instrumental in shaping Patrick's career path and for that we will always be grateful. We have many happy memories of your time in Davenport. As a couple, you were a united front and formidable in your strong opinions, beliefs and loyalties. I hope your personal strength helps you get through this very difficult time. Our deepest sympathies, Patrick and Mary

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