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Collin W. Hamshar

Born: Sun., Jun. 19, 1994
Died: Mon., Apr. 9, 2012


Funeral Service

3:00 PM Sun., Apr. 15, 2012
Location: Central Elementary School Auditorium


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Collin W. Hamshar

     Collin Whitney Hamshar, age 17, died at home on April 9, 2012 leaving a large hole in the lives of his family and friends.
     He is survived by his mother "mammay" (pronounced with French accent), Deborah Hamshar; father, Richard Hamshar; grandmother, Doris Walton; brothers, Brian, Rob, and "Claytwah" Clayton; sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Ron Gatewood; nieces, Julia, Olivia and Sophia Gatewood; aunt and uncle, Susan and Mike Klaveness; uncle, Will Walton; his special friend and cousin, Joyce, and numerous other loving family members. Collin also left behind many friends who care about him.
Collin was born on June 19, 1994 with a severe condition that nearly killed him before he was 2 weeks old.  He sustained injuries to his hearing and mental functioning that would present him with tremendous challenges across his life, but he grew to become a talented musician and honor roll student.  He was a junior at Fluvanna High School.
     He was gifted with perfect pitch and—as part of a musical family—naturally fell in love with music, working exceptionally hard to learn to play the tuba, trombone, clarinet, saxophone, piano, guitar, drums, and accordion.  He was a committed and enthusiastic member of the symphonic, jazz, and marching bands in middle and high school—playing the tuba since before he was able to lift it, and working to become an all-district tubist for the past 2 years.  At home, the sounds of a boy enjoying his musical talents were near constant.
     When not playing music, Collin was likely immersed in one of his numerous hobbies: reading comics (e.g., Calvin & Hobbes, Dilbert), drawing, building things, weightlifting, practicing boxing on the heavy bag, contra dancing, watching and quoting “Family Guy”, tending the chickens, advocating on behalf of the propane industry, cracking jokes (often for pure self-amusement), rapidly devouring piles of food, or playing board games with the family.
     As a beloved friend and family member, Collin will best be remembered for his eccentric sense of humor and love for fun and games. Those who have gotten to truly know Collin have come to adore his trademark jokes and mannerisms, and will reflect on and recite them for life.
     Please join us for his memorial service on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 3:00PM at the Central Elementary School Auditorium in Palmyra. A community dinner will follow at the Collinswood Community Center on Route 6 near Scottsville.
     In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a memorial fund established in Collin’s honor that will be used to promote and support music education in Fluvanna County.  To donate, mail checks payable to “Collin Hamshar Memorial Fund” to his mother’s home address:  228 Dobby Creek Road, Scottsville VA 24590.
     Family and friends may share memories and photos online at www.thackerbrothers.com.

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Amy Haney Reese
   Posted Thu April 12, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Collin (and Clayton) coming to Vacation Bible School each summer when they were younger. And I have seen Collin more recently around school. He seemed like a great young man, mostly quiet when I was around him, but respectful and polite, which are traits hard to find anymore. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Mary (Southworth) Wilkins
   Posted Fri April 13, 2012
Colin you will be missed. Peter will miss you especially. You all had a great time playing your hearts away. I will always remember you as the kid standing next to his giant tuba. May you be in a beautiful eternal peace in the arms of our heavenly father now. My deepest condolences to the Hamshar family. May you have the comfort you need in this time of sorrow.

Sherry Bullock
   Posted Fri April 13, 2012
Dear Hamshar Family,
I did not have the honor of knowing your son, but my son, Bradford, did. He said Collin was a real cool fellow! They would holler at each other in the hallways when they saw each other. I just want to tell you that I love you and that I know God will take you through this pain. I pray that His peace and mercy will cover you and hold you up at this time.

Wendy Edwards
   Posted Fri April 13, 2012
My daughter, as it seems so many people have, adored Collin so very much. The way she talks about him puts a smile on my face. I bet this is true of everyone who hears someone talk about him. What a wonderful, wonderful gift he has been. You have my heart and prayers.

Cawood Fitzhugh
   Posted Sun April 15, 2012
Brian,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss and appreciate your kind email. Our heart of love goes out to you and your family.
Cawood + Robert

Bill and Charlene Wood
   Posted Mon April 16, 2012
Our hearts and prayers go out to the entire Hamshar family in the loss of son, and family member, Collin. We have learned what a unique and special young man he was, and know that he will be sorely missed. May God comfort you in the weeks, and months ahead.

Alicen Hamshar Cisco
   Posted Fri April 20, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I could have know Colin better. He sounds like a wonderful person. He has a wonderful mother and his brother Brian has been a pleasure to get to know. As Colin's cousin, I wish I had gotten to know him better, but hope to continue to know better the family he left behind. My heart goes out to the Hamshar family.

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