A funeral service for Chris Collaros, who served as Wickliffe Progressive Elementary School principal for the past 11 years, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, April 12, at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, Mill Run Campus, 3500 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard.
Collaros, 57, died April 6. He was diagnosed with cancer last September.
According to an email Upper Arlington Schools Superintendent Paul Imhoff sent to district staff members, Collaros died at his home, surrounded by family members.
Imhoff called Collaros "a man that had an amazing capacity to love and be loved."
"He loved our schools, but more than anything, he loved our kids and he loved without limits," Imhoff said.
"One of Chris' favorite ways to share his love was through his music, and one of his favorite bands was the Beatles," Imhoff said. "The song, 'All You Need is Love' was near to his heart, with the title adorning the plastic support bracelets many of us have been wearing in his honor since his diagnosis.
"Whenever I hear it, I think of Chris and the purely positive influence he had on so many of our lives."
Imhoff called Collaros "a brilliant educational leader."
"He loved his students, he loved his staff, he loved music, he loved football and, above all, he loved his amazing family," he said.
According to his obituary, the Collaros family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Schoedinger Northwest Chapel, 1740 Zollinger Road.
Collaros is survived by his wife of 29 years, Sharon (Cullers), his children, Maria, Sophia and Zoe Collaros, his grandson, Meeko, mother, Frankie Collaros and siblings, Pandel, Dean (Michelle) and Anthony (Cindy) Collaros. Additional survivors include his brother- and sister-in-law, Michael (Kimber) Cullers, Carolyn (John) Cullers Butler "and many other nieces, nephews, friends, family members and significant others."
Collaros was a 1980 graduate of Wintersville High School and attended Princeton University where he played football. He graduated in 1985 with a degree in psychology and went on to earn a master's degree from Ohio State University in 1989.
According to his obituary, Collaros began his career as an educator at Granby Elementary School in Worthington, a position he held from 1989-2002.
He was principal at Liberty Elementary in Worthington from 2002-05, principal at Evening Street Elementary in Worthington from 2005-08 and became principal at Wickliffe in Upper Arlington in 2008.
Collaros was a member of the Progressive Education Network board of directors, which he joined in 2013.
"Many teachers had the pleasure of deepening their practice as progressive educators with Chris as their guide," his obituary stated. "Chris was an outstanding educator whose positive guidance helped mold countless children.
"He led with kindness, caring and love and was openhearted to all who sought his guidance. In addition, Chris was also a multi-layered musician, playing in several bands including Jinx's Yard and Principally Speaking."
In lieu of flowers, Collaros' family asked that memorial contributions be made to the Progressive Education Network at progressiveeducationnetwork.org or P.O. Box 5540, Evanston, Illinois 60202.