Teddy Patrick Collier, 86, vending entrepreneur

January 03, 2003

Teddy Patrick Collier, a vending entrepreneur and wine aficionado, died Sunday of pneumonia at Harford Memorial Hospital. The longtime Aberdeen resident was 86.

Mr. Collier was co-founder and board chairman of United Automatic Sales Inc., an Aberdeen-based company that created and distributed vending machines to the Baltimore, Washington and Salisbury areas. He ended his 46-year career with the company in 1993.

Mr. Collier also owned Penn's Beach Marina in Havre de Grace.

A longtime wine enthusiast, Mr. Collier was a member of the Harford Enologist Society, a group of men who produced wines. He also grew 200 French-American cross vines on his Aberdeen farm that he and a longtime friend, Charles Hiob, used to create Mellot and Villard Blanc wines.

Mr. Collier was a member of the Aberdeen Lions Club, the American Legion of Aberdeen and the Aberdeen Moose.

He was also a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Aberdeen and served on its board of trustees for many years. Services will be held at the church, 110 W. Bel Air Ave., at 11 a.m. today.

His wife of 57 years, the former Margaret Harrah, died in 1996.

Mr. Collier is survived by a daughter, Gaynell C. Erdman of Timonium; four sons, Patrick N. Collier and Charles D. Collier, both of Aberdeen, James A. Collier of Havre de Grace and M. Paul Collier of Gaithersburg; three brothers, Richard L. Collier and Carl W. Collier, both of Aberdeen, and Charles E. Collier of Salisbury; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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