Mr. Alfred B. Kollie, Sr
The Kollie family announces with deep sadness the sudden death of their beloved Mr. Alfred B. Kollie, Sr. on Monday, April 2, 2012 in Monrovia, Liberia.
ABK, as he was fondly called, was the personification of hard work. Born on May 6, 1932 in Sasstown, Grand Kru County to Sergeant and Saybah Kollie, he was a self taught man, who pulled himself up by his own bootstraps. ABK constantly sought ways to improve himself by reading dictionaries, books and encyclopedias, rising to leadership positions in the country and clubs in his private life.
ABK was raised by his parents in Lawalazu, Lofa County. After attending school in Bolahun in Lofa County, he moved to Kpain, Nimba County, to work with the World Health Organization. His job would later take ABK to Kolahun, Lofa County, to serve as clerk to the Commissioner. He soon rose to the position of commissioner when the position became vacant.
In Monrovia, where he worked as Deputy Minister of Local Government, ABK also served as head of the Peace Corps for the West African region. His working relationship with Peace Corps volunteers from across the United States was one of mutual respect. Never one to indulge in alcoholic beverages, ABK’s preferred drink was Ginger Ale, which prompted his Peace Corp buddies to rename the soft drink, “Kollie Cooler.”
ABK was a senior member of the Unity Party, which first began in his living room at his home in Gardnersville in Monrovia. He was active in the Episcopal Church. As a statesman, ABK traveled the world, visiting six continents.
His trips took him to countries such as the Philippines, Japan, France, the United States, Ghana, Nigeria, Australia and places beyond.
To his children, he was just pop. He was a strict disciplinarian, but a loving father, who was a big proponent of education. Despite his success in life, ABK never forgot his roots. Even though he lived in Monrovia, ABK made frequent trips to his elderly parents in Lawalazu. In addition to his own visits, he also sent his children back home each Christmas to spend the time with their grandparents.
ABK is survived by his wife Esther Popeh Kollie, numerous children, grandchildren and great grand children.
Rest in Peace, Pop, you will never be forgotten.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 in Monrovia, Liberia.