Wil­liam Kol­lar of Tallahassee, Fla.

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SCIENCE -

Wil­liam “Bill” Kol­lar, 52, of Tallahassee and St. George Is­land, Fla., passed away peace­fully on Thurs­day morn­ing, Aug. 28, 2014 in Tallahassee.

Bill was born on Oct. 5, 1961, in Nor­ris­town, Pa. He came to Tallahassee in 1982 and split time be­tween Tallahassee and the coast ever since. He is sur­vived by his wife, Amanda Pace Kol­lar; two sons, Har­ri­son and Hans, and Hans’ mother Loreen Yerger Kol­lar; his sis­ters, Kathy Kol­lar and Mariella Mein­hold; and two brothers, Christo­pher and Steven Kol­lar.

Bill leaves be­hind a very large ex­tended fam­ily, his mother-in-law, Shirley Pace; fa­ther-in-law and wife Jeff and Linda Pace; brothers-in-law Jake and Wray Pace; and many nieces and neph­ews, all of whom will miss their “Un­cle B” ter­ri­bly.

Bill at­tended Florida A&M Univer­sity and grad­u­ated with a de­gree in Land­scape De­sign. Over the course of 30 plus years, he worked with many friends and clients. If a client wasn’t al­ready a friend, they quickly be­came one. Bill’s de­sign work can be seen in many beau­ti­ful land­scapes in Tallahassee, Apalachicola and St. George Is­land.

He and Amanda cre­ated a business to­gether, Gar­dens Inc., in 2000. They moved to St. George Is­land in 2005 and a few years later opened a re­tail store in Apalachicola called The Gar­den Shop. Bill brought to the business a keen eye for de­sign and a vast knowl­edge of in­dige­nous plants. He spe­cial­ized in the use of na­tive plants to en­hance and pre­serve the land­scape along the coast. Bill’s abil­ity to com­bine his ex­ten­sive knowl­edge with his sto­ry­teller’s heart is part of what makes him spe­cial to us all.

Bill was proud to have re­ceived his char­ter boat cap­tain’s li­cense in 2013. To say that Bill was at home on the wa­ter would be an un­der­state­ment; it was his sanc­tu­ary. His great­est joy, how­ever, was par­tic­i­pat­ing in the lives of his two sons, Hans (20) and Har­ri­son (3). Hans, his old­est son, is in his third year at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Bill was al­ways an ac­tive and in­volved fa­ther and took an im­mense amount of pride in see­ing the growth and the ac­com­plish­ments of both of his boys.

Ar­range­ments han­dled by Cul­ley’s Mead­owWood Fu­neral Home, 1737 Rig­gins Road Tallahassee, FL 32308; 850-877-8191.

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