Tommie Lee Collier, a retired Facilities Maintenance supervisor, died Oct. 26 in Crozet. He was 58.
Collier started his career at the University of Virginia in September 1973 as a carpenter’s assistant and earned several promotions over 36 years of service. In 2005, he was promoted to supervisor senior with responsibility for the paint, sign and cabinet shops for the Renovations Division. He retired January 2010.
Collier’s work with special and sponsored events for the University included the construction of specific venues for such dignitaries as presidents Reagan and Bush, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, the Emperor and Empress of Japan, Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev and the Dalai Lama. He was a key participant in graduation, Fall Convocation, Reunions Weekend and football weekends for many years.
Among Collier’s survivors is a son, Benjamin, who works for Facilities Management Project Services.
A funeral service will be held on Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. at the Crozet Baptist Church.