Dominic M. Collar Sr., a life-long resident of the Gloversville area, passed away on Sunday, April 26, at The Grand Rehabilitation Facility in Rome, New York.
Born on August 4, 1937 in Gloversville, he is the son of the late Alexander and Mary Collar.
Dominic graduated from Gloversville High School in 1956. During his high school years, he was active in football and baseball. He continued to play baseball even after his graduation while he also enjoyed golf and bowling. He spent most of his life working in the leather industry where he inspected leather for various companies. When he wasn’t working in leather, he worked with his mother at their family’s diner, Ly’s Luncheonette, in Gloversville. It was here that he enjoyed cooking for others and getting to know his customers.
Those who knew Dominic know that he had many loves. First, he was the youngest man to bowl a perfect game in Fulton County. Although his record has since been broken, it was one of his proudest moments. Also, he had a great love of horses. He spent a lot of time at the Saratoga Raceway and would follow the stats of the horses through OTB when he wasn’t at the track. Above all, Dominic valued his family the most. He loved to cook for his family; his beef stew and rice pudding were his specialties. On any given day, he enjoyed simply watching reruns of the Dean Martin Variety Show while laughing with his family or just sitting around the kitchen table talking about nothing in particular but always including his favorite quote of “wind up and turn around” several times in the conversation. He also spent much of his time with Yogi, his 13-year-old Shih-Tzu and partner-in-crime.
He is survived by his loving wife, Sherry A. Collar of Gloversville; his daughter, Tammy Purrington (JR) from Rome, NY; daughter Deborah Shrey (David) from Winterville, NC; four brothers and their spouses, Alexander Jr. and Carol Collar of Gloversville, Gary and Kathy Collar of Johnstown, David and Sue Collar of Florida, and the youngest brother, Richard Collar of Scotia; five grandchildren, Amanda, Kaitlyn, Zachary, Natawnee, and Cheyanne; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other extended family members. Dominic was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Michael.
A memorial mass to celebrate Dominic’s life will be held at the Church of the Holy Spirit at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Gloversville Funeral Home, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.gloversvillefuneralservice.com.