Bim Colligan

James E. "Bim" Colligan, 85, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, of 235 Bolivar Dr., passed away Saturday, December 29, 2012 surrounded by his loving family, at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born December 26, 1927 in Erie he was a son of the late Francis H. and Frances M. (Fleming) Colligan. He was a 1946 graduate of Bradford High School where he enjoyed playing sports especially basketball.

Mr. Colligan was a veteran of the United States Army and served as a paratrooper prior to his honorable discharge.

On November 18, 1950 in St. Bernard Church he married Bette J. (Olson) Colligan who survives.

He worked as a Real Estate Broker for Francis H. Colligan Agency, a company started by his father in the mid 40's. At the time of his death he was a partner with his son Jim who owns Colligan Real Estate.

He was a member of St. Bernard Church, Pine Acres Golf Club, the Bradford Club, the Exchange Club, the American Legion, the Bradford Moose Lodge, and past exulted ruler of the Elks Club. He enjoyed horse racing and at one time owned "Tiffany Erin" and "Meadowprize".

Surviving in addition to his wife Bette of 62 years, is one daughter Karin M. Colligan of Jamestown, three sons; James P. Colligan of Bradford, Timothy F. Colligan of Harrisonburg VA, and Daniel J. (Jennifer) Colligan of Nashville TN, four grandchildren: Erin Colligan Lee, Benjamin Colligan, Joshua Shaw, Brett Shaw, two great grandchildren: Jackson Shaw and Aiden Shaw, one brother Francis "Frank" Colligan of Bradford, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Joan Merriman, Marjorie Slocum, two brothers Tom Colligan and John "Jack" Colligan.

Family will be receiving friends Tuesday January 1, 2013 from 4pm to 7pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 33 South Avenue. Friends are also invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am on Wednesday January 2, 2013 in St. Bernard Church with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Futures Inc., the Bradford Area Public Library or the charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at


DT Dave said…
A Gentlemen of the First Class! Many Friends (myself included) & Family will Sorely Miss His Presence. R.I.P. "Bim" and Prayers/Condolences to his Wife & Family.

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