Colin James Stair Extraordinaire

February 06, 2006 ‒ August 23, 2015

Johnsville, Ohio

JOHNSVILLE: Some kids are just gifted, and Colin Stair was full of compassion and intelligence beyond his age.  From elementary school to BMX racing and cooking, Colin always finished in first place.  Tough as a Tank, and as loveable as a Teddy Bear, Colin was his family’s tender hearted peacemaker.

Colin James Stair Extraordinaire unexpectedly passed away Sunday afternoon, August 23, 2015 at his home in Johnsville. He was nine and a half years old.

Colin was born February 6, 2006 in Marion the son of Thomas Stair and Heidi Stair. He was a third grader at Northmor Elementary School.

He loved BMX racing and earned countless trophies and medals. Mechanically gifted and eager to attain more knowledge, at the young age of 9 he could fix just about anything.

A gifted cook, Colin recently placed 2nd in the Dayton Chili Cook-off showcasing his homemade sauce.

His little brother’s protector, Colin and Carston were inseparable.

Colin will be remembered for his beautiful heart and caring personality.

He is survived by his mother Heidi Stair of Johnsville; father Thomas Stair of Mansfield; brother Carston Thomas Stair; sister Kylee Ann Stair; maternal grandparents Patrick & Pamela Gassaway of Mt. Gilead; paternal grandmother Joretta Belle Stair of Mansfield; maternal great-grandparents Cliff & Maxine Hardin of Mansfield and Mary Gassaway of Florida; aunts and uncles Holly & Bobby Frederick, Trisha & Jason Baker, Flossie Jane Stair (who was also Colin’s Godmother), Danny Stair, Nancy & Bill Hogan, Mary Stair, James Russell Stair, Jr., and Shirley Back; special cousins Bryson, Hunter, Gavriel, Blake, Kaylen, Embree, Adriella, Ariah, Chandler, Grayson, Caiden; and numerous extended family members.

Colin was preceded in death by an uncle Danny Stair; paternal grandfather Rev. James R. Stair; and maternal great-grandparents Diane Hardin and Richard Gassaway.

His family will receive friends 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, August 29, 2015 in Snyder Funeral Home, 2553 Lexington Avenue, where his funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Rev. Troy Wooten will officiate and burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

Contributions in his memory to assist his family may be made at his services (please make checks payable to Snyder Funeral Homes).

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Colin’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Heidi, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful boy, no words are sufficient. You and your family will be in our thoughts and our prayers.

  • Heidi, I am incredibly sorry for your loss. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts.

  • At this difficult time in your life, I pray that God will grant you the serenity and peace that you need to get through this. Stay strong and know that you are remembered in my thoughts and prayers. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  • Heidi & Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss, know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers and pray that god gives you the strength to get through this tragedy.

  • So sorry for your loss. May God place his hands on you & help you at this difficult time. We send our condolences.

  • I know first hand Colin was a very special little boy. Words cannot describe how very very sorry I am for your loss. I am always here as your friend if you need me. I’m praying for peace and comfort for you and your entire family during this time. I love you all very much. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for all of you.

  • No words could ever express the sympathy that is felt for your loss. I pray Jesus gives you strength, and carries you through this.

  • Heidi.. so very sorry! No words can be given to make it better. Just know you are in my heart and in our prayers.XOXOXOXOXO.. lots of love to you.

  • Heidi & Family– You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I’m so sorry for the loss of your son and for your children for the loss of their brother. May God watch over and help all of you through this difficult time. Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with. Much love to you and yours.

  • Heidi,
    Sorry for the loss of your son. I have no words that can take this pain away just know you and your family are in my prayers. God bless

  • So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers and thoughts. I am here if you need anything.

  • Heidi i want to say how deeply sorry i am for the loss of collin.He was a very happy and sweet young man.He always put a smile on my face when i saw him.He loved his little puppy and him and carston would carry him around everywhere.He always talked about dirt bikes and other sports that he loved.Your kids have a very close bond and my heart goes out to carstin and kylie.I will continue to pray for healing for all of you and want you to know that our family is here for you if you need anything.We love all of you.

  • Heidi and family, thinking of you and your family at this time. May your memories of Colin bring you comfort and peace to heal your heart. Lean on your friends and family, we dont know what your feeling but are hear to listen and give hugs when you need. Hang in there sweet girl. I’m sorry you are going through this.

  • Heidi and family, thinking of you and your family at this time. May your memories of Colin bring you comfort and peace to heal your heart. Lean on your friends and family, we dont know what your feeling but are here to listen and give hugs when you need. Hang in there sweet girl. I’m sorry you are going through this.

  • I am sending prayers of strength and lots of love to you and your family, You are constantly in my thoughts this past week I am so sorry you are having to go through this. xoxo

  • Heidi,

    I am so very sorry to hear of this horrible tragedy. I cannot imagine what your heart is going through. I have been praying for you each and everyday and will continue to do so. Hugs to you!!

  • Heidi and Family,
    I am so so sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. There are no words to express my sadness for you. Please know I am praying for strength for you all and remember God has a reason for everything.
    Love and hugs
    Lynn

  • May God wrap his arms around you & your family to give you strength & healing. My sincere condolences, my heart truly aches for you. Thoughts & prayers!

  • To all of Colin’s family, May God wrap His arms around you to comfort you in the coming days. Colin is now an Angel in Heaven, as he was here on Earth and he will always be smiling down on all of you. May the memories you shared with him and the memory of his precious smile add comfort to know you were blessed with his love. Again my thoughts and prayers will continue to be with all of you.

  • Tommy and Heidi,
    I’m at a loss for words, as there really are no words to say at a moment like this. I’m lifting you both up in prayer… if you need anything, get ahold of us. Even if you just need a place to hang out and cry, a place where no one else would enter think to look for you!
    Love you both,
    Nina ❤

  • Heidi,
    Sending you a hug from MN. So sorry to hear about this, a mother should not have to go through this! This really hits home and makes you love, hug & kiss your children. Thinking & praying for you & your family during this difficult time. Sending you much needed prayers to help you. Love, Joc

  • Heidi in this great time of sorrow, know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God hold each of you in HIS strong arms and comfort you in your time of need. That He may wrap His warm blanket around you and give you some peace knowing that this beautiful boy is sitting with Him in heaven. We all love you and I will continue to pray for peace and understanding in this troublesome time. Take care honey.

  • Heidi i am so truly sorry for your loss….just know hes always with you…carry jis spirit in your heart….god bless your family…may god hold you all close to him at this hardest time in your life

  • We are so sorry for you loss! As parents ourselves we can’t even imagine what your going through as no parent should have to lose a child!!! You and your family will be in our prayers.

  • My heart is broken for you, Heidi. Praying for peace and healing in your heart. What an amazing lil boy.

  • Heidi and Family,

    Words cannot describe how deeply sorry I am for the loss of Colin. I never met him but I felt I knew him from all the stories I have heard from his proud momma!! You are in my thoughts and in my prayers! Heidi, if you need anything please let me know.

  • Heidi & Family, Thinking of you during this much difficult time. May the Lord comfort and bless.

  • Tommy and Heidi. We are so sorry for this devastating loss. Collin was such a handsome life guy who always made us laugh. What a blessing he was in his short life. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you.

  • I can not express the sorrow I feel for your loss … and only time can heal your pain. My thoughts are with you at this time of need and your love for your family will carry you through this tragic time. All my love to you Heidi

  • DEAR HEIDI AND FAMILY,
    My thoughts and prayers are constantly with you. There is no rhyme or reason as to why the lord needed your precious baby boy as one of his angels. Just know that he will be looking down on you and whenever you need him he will hear your cries and one way or another you will feel his presence. My heart aches for all of you and i pray for continued comfort and guidance as you deal with this tragedy.

  • Heidi, I know words cannot heal but God can. I pray He wraps you in His arms and gives you peace and comfort. So sorrh for your loss.

  • I don’t think you have ever met me, but I helped out in Collin’s first grade class. I just want to say that your son touched my heart. He was always so eager to learn. He had such a kind heart. He was easily one of my favorites. I am so blessed to have had the chance to be touched by him.

  • Heidi and all who knew and loved this beautiful angel, I pray that God will give you the comfort and strength needed to face the days ahead. May you find peace in your hearts.

  • Heidi & Family, May God watch over you and your family at this sad and tragic time. I cannot express enough how sorry I am for the loss of your son Heidi. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.❤️

  • Heidi,
    My prayers are with you and your family. I am so sorry for your tragic loss. I wish so much you didnt have to go through this. Remember you are loved and have a support system around you. Hugs Heidi.

  • Heidi, I am so sorry for your loss and heartache, dear and for your families loss. Sending prayers and hugs and love and trusting you will feel the peace only God can provide. I am here if you need me for any reason. I love you!

  • Heidi,
    I am so sorry about this tragic loss, Colin was truly an amazing young man. There are no words that could take away your pain. Just know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Heidi – My condolences and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • My thoughts and prayers to you Heidi and your family during this difficult time. May he fly high with the angels.

  • Heidi and family I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. I pray God will hold all of you in his arms with comforting peace and much love in this difficult time and days to come.

  • Heidi and Family I am so sorry for the loss , We are praying that God helps you through this.

  • I don’t know you but my heart breaks for you..I have been sending prayers for Gods loving arms to wrap you and console you in this time of sorrow.

  • Heidi and Family, my heartfelt condolences for the loss of Colin. May you find peace and courage during this time.

  • Heidi and family-

    Our deepest sympathy on your loss.

    Much love,
    Mark & Anthony

  • Heidi, family and friends,
    My heart goes out to you, your family and friends. The loss you are feeling is more than any parent should go through. You are an amazing spirit and your faith will help guide you. I continue to pray for you and your family. Love and friendship always.
    Kim

  • Heide and Family, I know there is nothing anyone can say to repair the damage this has done to your heart. Just rest assured that you are all surrounded with love and that God will help heal you. Your children will always be in your heart, no matter where they are. <3

  • To Heidi and all the family,

    I am so sorry for your loss, I did not know Colin other than through your stories you have shared with me, and from those I know he was and will always be an amazing young man. I hope that you find comfort and lean on everyone that is here for you. I am sure Colin has the most amazing wings right now with the angels watching over you and his siblings. I am here for you now and always.

    Love Laurie Moore and Family

  • Please accept our deepest condolences for the great loss of this special young man. Our hearts break for you, Tommy and family, you are covered in prayer. God have mercy.

  • Tommy and Heidi,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God surrounds you with love and comfort in this most difficult time.

  • Heidi, words cannot express how sorry I am for the loss of your sweet son. No parent should have to go through such heartache. Lean on the Lord for strength and I pray that he wraps his loving arms around you and fills you with peace.

  • Heidi I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. I can’t begin to imagine what you and your family are going through. You will be in my prayers and I hope that you will find some comfort in the Lord and knowing He will help you through this.

  • My heart breaks for you.. I have been reading through these condolences and there’s a certain line that has me bothered: “Sorry for your loss.”

    Heidi, Thomas, your son is not lost. He is still very much alive in your heart and in your memory. Stay strong, and know that he is in God’s good grace.