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ONEONTA - William "Bill" Collison, 86, of Oneonta, formerly of Franklin, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.
He was born on Jan. 27, 1932 in Schenevus, the son of Lester and Florence (Ritchey) Collison.
He married Helen DuMond on Jan. 2, 1954.
A lifelong area resident, Bill owned and operated Bill's Body Shop in Franklin. He also was employed at Riddell Brothers for many years.
He was involved with many groups and organizations in the area including the Oneonta Elks Lodge BPOE 1312.
For several years, Bill enjoyed spending winters in Florida. He also enjoyed golfing when he was able.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Helen of St. James Manor, Oneonta; a son, James Collison of Morris; a son, Jack and Nancie Collison of Pennsylvania; five grandchildren, Leslie Ann, Mary, Tyler, Shane and Kimberly; one great-grandson, Elijah; two sisters, Ida Simmons and Harriet and Glenn Connelly; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will take place and be announced in the spring.
Burial will take place in Ouleout Valley Cemetery, Franklin.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's memory may be made to the Aldrich Baptist Church, Aldrich Baptist Church, P.O. Box 174, Franklin, NY 13775.
Condolences may be made at www.bennettfh.com.
Arrangements are by the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home, Franklin.
Published on February 1, 2018
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