Edward Robert Collette

September 19, 1964 - January 10, 2019
Edward Robert Collette

Edward Robert Collette went to be with his Lord and Savior January 10th, 2019.

Ed was born Sep 19, 1964. Ed graduated the University of Florida with a degree in Environmental Engineering. He was elected and served as international president of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa. He loved the ocean and spent a better part of his life on the beaches in Florida. His hobbies included fishing, scuba diving, body building ,hunting and wood working.

Ed finally met the love of his life, Karen, and they were married Feb 17, 2015 in Key West, Florida. They made their home in Wilmington, NC, where they attended Port City Community Church. He was self-employed with immense talent for carpentry, home renovation and wood working. Ed was a “hands on type” of engineer who loved to design and build. He loved bringing home improvement projects to life in his own home as well as others.

Ed never had a harsh or unkind word for anyone. He was a very good listener. He had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. He loved children and small animals, including the flying squirrels in their back yard. He and Karen loved watching the sunset and the full moonrise. He had a sharp sense of humor.

Ed had a heart for God and those he loved dearly and he will be greatly missed.

Preceding him in death are his mother Virginia Lee Katherine McIntyre Collette and a sister Ginny Collette.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Karen Eason Collette of Wilmington. His father Charles Collette and his wife, Sandy, of Briery Branch, Virginia and a sister Janet Collette and her wife, Sage of Cowichan Bay, British Columbia.

A graveside service will be held on January 21st, 2019 in Knoxville, TN.

Visitation and celebration of life will be held at Port City Community Church in Wilmington, NC on January 25th, 2019 from 4:00PM to 6:00PM. Doors open at 4:00, Ceremony starts at 4:30. PC3’s address is 250 Vision Dr., Wilmington, NC 28403.

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  • January 17, 2019
    Bill McDow says:
    Ed was a wonderful man. He was very happy to build objects, however, the greatest joy in his life was his wife Karen and the life they were building together. When I first met Ed, he was together with Karen. I saw Ed and Karen at a local home improvement store, and Karen introduced him as her Husband. When she said these words, his face shined and his chest swelled with pride. I am glad to have met him and seen his smile. I will be praying for Karen and for her family.

  • February 14, 2019
    Jeff Conerly says:
    Karen, Our deepest sympathy and condolences. Our prayers are with you over your loss. May God's grace and mercy give you peace.

  • January 24, 2019
    Mark Marcley says:
    I'm so sorry for your loss Karen and to the rest of Ed's friends and family. Thank you so much for your generosity towards Dillon; this meant so much to him.

  • January 23, 2019
    Kimberly Hinton lit a candle:
    Lit since January 23, 2019 at 1:07:04 PM

  • January 19, 2019
    Suzanne Danford says:
    Karen, I am so sorry that I never got to meet him. But I could tell by your posts that you made each other very happy. You are blessed to have had that in your life. Hugs.