On behalf of everyone at Stuart Main Street, we are sharing the sad news of the passing of our dear friend, David Collier. He passed away this past Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 and leaves behind a legacy that will be hard to match. Funeral arrangements will be communicated once finalized.
Below from TCPalm:
STUART — He was the rare government official to hold managerial titles for a county and its county seat during his career.
But when David Collier retired as Stuart City Manager in 2006, he wasn’t done. He continued working professionally in local government and in his spare time, continued to advocate for improvements in the downtown area of Stuart.
Those pursuits ended Wednesday, when Collier died from a sudden illness, said his daughter, Catherine Collier Kyroulis. He was 83 years old. She said his death is not related to the coronavirus crisis.
“He was fascinated with trying to make things better and he loved process and procedure,” said Kyroulis, Collier’s only child.
Collier is also survived by his wife, Cynthia, his brother, Tom Collier, and his 9-year-old grandson, Alexander, who shares a love of aviation with his grandfather, Kyroulis said.
Funeral arrangements had not been finalized as of Sunday.
Collier served a few years as Martin County administrator before taking the Stuart City Manager job in 1992. He would work there 14 years, during which he wound up mentoring the city’s current manager, David Dyess.
“He treated me like I was close or an equal to him,” Dyess said Sunday. “One of the things I learned from him was how to be decisive. When he made a decision, you knew it would be implemented. He wouldn’t delay.”
Dyess credited Collier with overseeing the new Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart and the redevelopment of the downtown area.
A 12-year veteran of the Marine Corps Air Reserve, Collier was born in Quantico, Virginia. He held manager jobs in Kansas and Michigan before moving to Martin County.
After leaving his Stuart job, Collier became a senior vice president of Colin Baenziger and Associates, a recruiting firm that handles executive job searches for cities and counties.
With 30 years of experience in city and county government, the firm said in Collier’s bio that “there is not much that he has not seen previously.”
Collier was still active with the firm until his illness struck, his daughter said.
And he was active with the Stuart Main Street Association.