Charles Berchman Colligan

March 21, 1954 ~ February 15, 2023

Charles Berchman Colligan, 68, late of Hackberry, presently of Singer, Louisiana, passed away on February 15, 2023 at his home. Known by most as Charlie B. or Crash, he made friends wherever he went, and will be greatly missed by those who knew him. 

Throughout his life, Charlie loved being with others. During his teen and college years, he worked summers at the Louisiana Lions Camp in Leesville, Louisiana as a counselor for disabled children, and made numerous lifelong friends. 

Other accomplishments that he was proud of include earning his BA from McNeese State University, working 25 years for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, marrying his 'Dream Girl', and being a Dad.

Charlie led an active life and enjoyed many outdoor activities. He loved to hunt, fish, golf, and attend sporting events, especially for his alma mater. Aside from these pursuits, he was an amateur radio operator, call sign KC5YC, and loved to talk to other hams across the globe. He also had a special interest in Louisiana history and read avidly on the subject.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Lydia Wingate Colligan; brother Morris Raphael Jr.; half-sister Roseanne Raphael; and half-brother John Raphael; and numerous much loved cousins.

He is preceded in death by his son, Joel Berchman Colligan; his adoptive parents Dr. J.B. and Helen Colligan; his birth parents Morris Raphael Sr. and Serita Lorenza Raphael.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 10 A.M. at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in Sulphur with Father Edward Richard, M.S. officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday, February 20, 2023 from 5-8 P.M. with a rosary at 6:30 P.M. at Johnson and Robison Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers or plants, Charlie's family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of his father, Dr. J.B. Colligan.

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  1. Lydia, 
    I am so sorry to hear Charlie B has died. He was always such a joy to be around, and all of my family have such special memories of him. Claude loved Charlie dearly. Im sorry about yall losing your son too. i did not know that. You will be in my prayers in days ahead. Sorry I couldnt  be there. i will be in Houston w my sister having heart surgery. 

  2. My deepest sympathies for your loss. I had lost touch with Charlie over the years, but have fond memories of childhood visits to my grandfather Leland in Hackberry and Uncle Doc. Charlie B used to tease us and hide our shoes for fun. Lots of good times with cousins there. 

  3. My condolences go to the Family of Charlie B. I watched him in High school sports and played softball at the park with him. I had a lot of Respect for him . He wanted no help from anyone . He always did everything himself. We have had several talks about different things. He was a very intelligent man and Kind Hearted as well. I worked with him at the Salt Dome in Hackberry for 27 years. Regretfully I will not be able to attend as I live in Alabama now and have surgery on the 23rd.

  4. Mrs.Lydia and “Joel”
    I’m so Deeply Sorry for Your Lost of Mr.Charlie, we All Came To know Him by When He’d Stop By for Short Visit at School 🏫 Mrs.Lydia Jelena Ann Carroll and Myself were so Blessed To have Known Mr.Charlie through “Your” Lovely Stories from Y’all’s Weekend’s And Sometimes Meeting up with Y’all at Sunday Mass and even Sometimes At the Same Restaurant’s Also 
    I just Found Out Last Night Mr.Charlie had Passed Away. I understand What’s It Like Lose The Love ❤️ of Your Life.
    Please Except My Sincerely Condolences 🕊⛪️🕯📿🕯📿😇
    Of Such a Wonderful Man 
    Lydia&Jelena Carroll,
    North of Sulphur,La.

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