Emmanuel “Pepper” Collura of Speonk died on January 20 at the Vidant Center in Greenville, North Carolina. He was 70.
Mr. Collura was born to Marion Collura on July 27, 1943, in New York and moved to North Carolina in 2004. He married Karen Collura on October 4, 1968. As a young man he competed in barrel races at rodeos. He owned a taxicab business, as well as a farm and hay business.
Survivors said he had a passion for trains. He was always very involved in the community and could be found at the local deli or 7-Eleven having a cup of tea and socializing. He loved his family very much and enjoyed driving his grandkids around in his Gem car. According to family members, he was an amazing man all around and touched the lives of everyone he came in contact with and will always be loved and cherished.
Mr. Collura is survived by his wife, Karen, of North Carolina; a brother, Joseph, of Manorville; and two daughters, Tammy-Lynn LeBrun and Peggy-Sue Collura-Repp and husband Curtis. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Ashley, Jason, Mackenzie, Logan and Liam; two great-grandchildren, Reagan and Bentley; and a son-in-law, Patrick LeBrun.
He was predeceased by his mother, Marion Collura.
There was a private cremation in North Carolina and a memorial service will be held in the spring.