Vale Neil Collier
NEIL Collier was born at the Royal Women’s Hospital Melbourne on April 9, 1932, and was the fifth child of John and Mary Collier.
He shared eight other siblings - John, Joyce, Audry, Heather, Kevin, Bill, Jeanette and Peter.
War time years from 1939 to 1945 proved to be tough times for his parents, with nine kids.
Neil’s father operated his own carrying business under the name of Colonial Express, which Neil would often help out with after school, cleaning the trucks and assisting him with engines.
Once Neil turned 13 in April, he gained his Merit Certificate in October that year and it was shortly after his father decided he should start working and commence jockeying on the truck with him.
In 1954 when Neil turned 21 he made his way to Euroa to live with his sister Joyce and her husband Mick Brown in Elizabeth Street.
He commenced a new job felling timber in the Strathbogie Ranges under the guidance of Mick, who Neil used to describe as a real legend in the bush.
Neil thoroughly enjoyed life in the forest, camping out five days a week and would often use the run down the mountain as a fitness exercise in place of football training.
It was not long after in 1955 when Neil fell in love with the love of his life Zel, and they married on June 25, 1955 and were blessed with four children - Lynne, Rodney, Andrew and Mark.
Neil played 13 seasons for Euroa in the Waranga North East League, and was often referred to as “Spider” by his team mates.
In 1963, 1964 and 1965 Neil was vice president of the Euroa Football Club and he also played in four premierships for the club.
He held the position of president at The Lions Club of Euroa from 1971 to 1972, and left the town shortly after in 1973.
Neil and Zelda took off to take over a new business in Goolgowi, which was a post office and continuous manual telephone exchange.
The experience was a most rewarding one for Zel and himself.
The pair lived and ran the business there for 21 years, but found their way back to Euroa on January 18, 1995.
Neil will be remembered as a family man, proud father and a devoted grand and great grandfather.
FONDLY REMEMBERED: Neil Collier alongside his wife Zelda.