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  • St. Philip Roof Fund
    30 W. Van Buren St.
    Battle Creek , MI 49017

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“Remembering Mr. Collopy when he was teaching art at Ann Jay School.He encouraged me to enter my blue alligator with gold flowers into a youth art...Read More »
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“Mr. Collopy encouraged me to become an artist. As a fine arts educator, I passed along his words and his teachings to my students. The Bill Collopy...Read More »
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“Mr. Callopy was my entrance to the world of art. My sincerest condolences. ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: Frederick Gibby - Saint Joseph, MI

“I became fascinated with Mr. Collpy at Ann J. Kellogg school. Fascinated because he could do on paper what I imagined in my head, but could never...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Jan Lancaster - Fort Wayne, IN

“In September of 1965, I wandered into Mr. Collopy's art room for my first art class in Community College. There was something about this guy. His...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Linda Beers Aydlott - East Jordan, MI

“I am sorry for your loss I got to know Bill at The Oaks he was a great guy. Him and Marie went out on outings with us. ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: Donna Lambeth - Battle Creek, MI

“To the Collopy family,My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: Melanie

“Sadness fills my heart for your family. Always will remember the times you guys came back to Grandpa and Grandma's for a vacation. Mom will be having...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Dan Duffek - Seward, NE - Family

“May your time together provide solace as you gather to honor your husband/father/grandfather. Our deepest condolences,Kathy O'Halloran and Kim...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Kathy O'Halloran - Tumwater, WA

“Teresa and Collopy family,So very sorry for your loss. I remember your dad teaching an art class in 2nd grade. Fond memories. Keeping you and your...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Beth (Baker) Jones - Raleigh, NC

“So sorry to hear of the passing of this dear man! I have wonderful memories of Bill visiting us in Colorado when we were small and his clear delight...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Eileen eilee - Seattle, WA

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: Randy Burgett - Climax, MI

“This Artist, was the first individual I had direct contact with, outside my family... to open my eyes to art as a passion... and a way of Life. ...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Andrew Freemire - Battle Creek, MI

“Thank you Mr. Collopy...for all you have done for me/us and your other students. You changed my/our life and so many others...we will miss you very...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Alex Whitehair - Cape Coral, FL


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William T. Collopy, 88, of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018. Known by Bill or Will, he was born on March 11, 1930. Bill grew up in Colorado, Nebraska and Arizona and graduated from The University of Nebraska with a BA in Fine Arts degree. He received a Master of Arts from the University of Wyoming and a Western Michigan Teaching Certificate.

Bill and his wife Marie settled in Battle Creek in 1952. He began by teaching elementary art at Ann J. Kellogg, moving to Northwestern Junior High School where he taught art and coached various sports teams. From there, Bill was hired to teach at Kellogg Community College. He was the Chairperson of the Fine Arts department for many years.

Over the course of his time as an educator at KCC, the art department grew from a small basement room to the Performing Arts Building as it is today. As a working artist, Bill created art, tile and sculpture projects that became part of the YMCA, KCC, and Willard Library.

Bill is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marie, his daughters Kathy Marks Palm Harbor, Fl, Barbara (John) O'Halloran, Seattle, WA, Patricia (Dave) Mullin, South Haven, MI, Teresa Crumpton, Kalamazoo, MI and Mary Collopy, Battle Creek; and his son Tom (Jeanette) Collopy of Cary, NC; his grandchildren Joshua and Sarah Brady (Steve), and Leah (Travis) Sleight, Maggie (Jeff) Stockwell, Patrick Crumpton (Caitlin), Nathan Crumpton, Diane (Josh) Collopy, Michelle Collopy, Nicholas Collopy, Patrick O'Halloran; four great-granddaughters Abbi, Ava, Addison and Aidan; a brother, Bernard J. Collopy M.D. of Phoenix, AZ; a sister, Eloy of AZ and many nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Lydia and Joseph Collopy of Fort Collins, CO; his brothers, Patrick, Charles and Frank Collopy and a sister, Mary.

His life will be celebrated with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Philip Catholic Church on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 11:00 am. A visitation will be Wednesday, September 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary service at 6:30 p.m. at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care.

Instead of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Philip Roof Restoration Project,

Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.