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Robert E. Collis

Robert E. Collis

  • Captain
  • Fire Department City of New York
  • New York
  • Age: 67
  • Year of Death: 2019

Rob was a devoted husband and father who enjoyed being a family man. But the FDNY defined him and was truly his first love. After graduating from Brooklyn College in New York, he worked in banking and accounting but was not fulfilled until he took the FDNY exam and was appointed to the department in September 1981.

He loved the communities he served and relished the camaraderie of his fellow firefighters. His career on the FDNY began as a firefighter in Ladder 1 (Manhattan) and, after promotions, he became a lieutenant in Engine 225 (Queens), and finally, served as the captain in Engine 304 (Queens).
In 2010, Rob was placed on indefinite medical leave and forced to retire when his lungs were no longer strong enough to continue the demands of the job. Shortly thereafter, he settled in his beloved Longboat Key, Florida home, where he passed away peacefully on May 11, 2019.

Rob always found time to help others in his community and frequently volunteered to serve on or assist committees with various projects. He was the liaison between the community and the Longboat Key Fire Department when new hydrants needed to be installed. He was able to research and contribute valuable information assisting in this task. They relied on his background and knowledge of his almost 30 years with the FDNY.

Rob was recognized on numerous occasions by the FDNY for his service and bravery. He was most proud of being the recipient of The Emerald Society Medal during its Annual Medal Day Awards Ceremony in 2008, for his heroism and actions described as “selfless and without regard for personal safety.”

While Rob was devoted to his career with the FDNY, family time was always a priority. He loved to travel and, along with his wife, Nora, and his two children, Alli and Robby, there were always vacations to varied destinations, along with weekend adventures together. These family trips have become cherished memories of happy times together. Rob loved seeing the world and believed you should always have something to look forward to.

Rob had a wonderful sense of humor, was quick-witted, and helped to find levity in all situations. To all of his loved ones and friends he left behind, his legacy is laughter and a smile.

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