William Francis Collins Sr., "Bill", 86, of South Yarmouth MA passed away the evening of the November 14. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph A. & Lillian "Gertrude" (Friel) Collins and his brother Robert M. Collins.
Bill is survived by his dedicated wife of 64 years, Kathleen A. (Lefebvre) Collins of South Yarmouth, MA, brother Joseph A. Collins Jr. of Reading, MA, son William F. Collins Jr. (Mary M. "Mimi" Gunkel) of Elkhorn, NE, daughter Ellen C. Collins-Boyce (C.O.L. "Don" Boyce) of Raleigh, NC, daughter Mary K. Collins (J. Christine "Chris" Wilson) of Pittsford, NY, son Joseph P. Collins (Suzanne M. Fusini) of Brimfield, MA, son Sean F. Collins (Tracy A. O'Neil) of Winchester, MA, and daughter Deirdre A. Collins-Caraher (Philip A. Caraher) of Chapel Hill, NC. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Bill was born on June 10, 1927 in Lawrence, MA. He honorably served his country during World War II in the US Navy. He was a proud graduate of Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, MA and Boston College where he was a lifelong member of the BC Club and a Golden Eagle. He worked as an engineer for nearly 20 years for General Electric traveling the world, 15 years as an educator in the Berkshire County School System and finally retiring as an engineer for Northrop in Newport, RI. He loved being out in nature, downhill & cross-country skiing, hiking, sailing, bicycling and deep sea fishing. In recent years he enjoyed kayaking the Bass River and various waterways on the Cape. He was an avid reader with a focus on Irish history and WWII. He had a strong faith and most enjoyed spending time with his family.
The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation for his excellent healthcare at the Windsor Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in South Yarmouth. Funeral services were held on Friday November 22 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in South Yarmouth at 10 am followed by a 12:45 burial service at the Bourne National Veterans' Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the St. Pius X School, Honor Flight New England or the charity of your choice.