Robert J. Collier

Robert Joseph Collier of Cocoa, Fla., passed away on Oct. 20, 2018, at Hospice House in Rockledge, Fla. He was born Feb. 6, 1938, in Keene to Rita and Frank Collier.

Robert was in the U.S. Naval aviation for four years. He grew up in Keene and loved New England. He worked for 32 years in the optical industry, until retiring to become a full-time artist of oils and later, pastels. His work was highly acclaimed, having been requested by the New Hampshire state capital, New Hampshire Embassy in Belize, Trust for New Hampshire Lands and many others.

Robert married Lillian (Blair) in December of 1989, having many happy years together. He enjoyed following his grandchildren in sports, loved gardening, painting landscapes and cooking for his family. He was most comfortable at the lake with surroundings of beautiful flowers, birds and family near.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian; son, Robert Collier of Dorchester, Mass.; a daughter, Sharon and her husband, Kevin, of Winchester; and a daughter, Karen and her husband, Cricket Starkey, of Keene.

He will be deeply missed by Lillian’s children, Tony and Robin Cole of Swanzey, Tammy and Randy Porter of Cocoa, Fla., and Bruce Cole of Sunapee. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Harold and Norma Blair of Richmond; as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents, as well as his brother, John Collier; and grandson, Abram A. Porter.

There are no services. Robert will be buried in the Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen in the spring.

Atlas Crematorium of Rockledge, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.