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Terrence "Terry" McCollum

Born: Sun., Jan. 6, 1946
Died: Sun., Jul. 19, 2020


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Jul. 24, 2020
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Sat., Jul. 25, 2020
Location: Drexel Hill

Funeral Mass

10:30 AM Sat., Jul. 25, 2020
Location: St. Dorothy Church

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Terrence McCollum


1946 – 2020




Terrence “Terry” age 74, Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam War, died July 19, 2020 surrounded by his loving family at his home in Havertown.  Terry was born and raised in Bala Cynwyd, PA.  He attended St. Matthias School, and Monsignor Bonner High School, where he graduated in 1964.  Terry entered the United States Air Force and served from 1964-1968. After leaving the service, Terry entered the metal trade and worked with his Dad and brothers until their retirement. He was a proud member of the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union No. 19.

As a child and through his youth, Terry enjoyed playing sports, and adventuring into wooded areas and fishing.  He once said that fishing was his favorite because his Dad introduced him to it.  He loved nature, and this carried through to his adult years, as he became an avid outdoorsman and hunter. Terry loved reading and listening to music, but his greatest passion was his family.  

He was a family man, a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Uncle to his many nieces and nephews. He was first a devoted and loving Husband of 49 years to his wife Fran.  In recent years, she tirelessly cared for him.  He once said that his comfort was more important to her than her own, and “what I love most about ‘Mom’ is a tremendous love she has shown me.  No one ever went out of their way to be so kind and thoughtful to me every day of my life.”  He was an extremely proud Father and loved his time with his children and grandchildren.

He was involved in his community, and often coached or volunteered with his childrens’ sports team.  He was always present at his childrens’ sporting events and activities. Terry loved spending time in the kitchen.  Meals with his family and friends were some of his happiest times.

Terry had great faith and was an active member of St. Dorothy’s Parish.  He said that God gave him more than he could ever ask for.  When asked what advice about life that he would want others to remember, he said “Life is very short and unpredictable.  Live each day appreciating your loved ones. Don’t look too far for bigger and better things, for the best things in life are probably close at hand.”

Terry is survived by his beloved wife Fran (nee Martin) McCollum, children Michael (Bernadette) McCollum, Lisa (Philip) Fusco, and Brian (Karen) McCollum.  Also survived by 12 grandchildren, Michael, Maggie, Brinley and Maeve McCollum; Isabella, Liliana, Clara and Alessandra Fusco;  Sarah, Daniel, Shane and Conor McCollum.  Terry is also survived by his siblings, Edna Fowler, Patrick (Joanne) McCollum, Daniel McCollum, and Kate (Jerry) Shorten.  Predeceased by his brother James McCollum.  Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing Friday 6-8 pm and Saturday 9-10 am at the Ruffenach Funeral Home, 4900 Township Line Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026.  His Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am Saturday at St. Dorothy Church.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hilltop Baseball, care of Cindy Leahy (Treasurer), 1040 Steel Road, Havertown, PA 19083 or St. Dorothy School Tuition Assistance Fund, 4910 Township Line Road, Drexel Hill PA, 19026.




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Joe Glasgow
   Posted Tue July 21, 2020
My deepest condolences on the passing of Terry.
He put up a great fight.
May his soul rest in peace..
Joe Glasgow

Bill Colman
   Posted Wed July 22, 2020
Terry was my mentor in Grade School. We would spend countless hours in the woods of Bala Cynwyd always going up to, but never crossing the lines of misbehavior. I was fortunate enough to continue our friendship through High School. His smile was infectious.
Trite, but he was simply A GREAT GUY. ALWAYS.

James W,. Simms Jr
   Posted Thu July 23, 2020
Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your entire family. Thoughts and prayers. God bless.......

Michael Cosenza
   Posted Fri July 24, 2020

Funeral Basket-Pink and White was sent by Mike .

We are very sorry for your loss. We are praying for all of you. Love, Mike & Susan Cosenza and Family

Myles Glasgow
   Posted Sun August 09, 2020
Terry was one of my younger brothers at 3 Union Avenue, Bala Cynwyd when his father and my mother married, each having lost a spouse to illness and each already having four boys and two girls. I liked him and his siblings and was happy our parents married even though our home filled up a bit. Terry blended in very well and showed he was an active mind and person at the crowded dinner table and on the basketball court. Though I have not seen or spoken with him in decades, I still remember my favorable feelings about Terry and share my condolences with his loved ones. Myles Glasgow

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