George P. Collins of Chelmsford

1952 - 2019


March 3, 2019
1:00- 5:00 pm
Dolan Funeral Home


March 4, 2019
11:00 A.M.
St. Mary's Church

George Patrick Collins, 66, of Chelmsford, MA died Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at his home after a long illness.

He was married to Joy M. (Grand) Collins with whom he would have celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary on February 28th.

Born in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Stephen and DeoLinda (Corte) Collins.   He was educated in the Somerville Public School.

He retired from Tewksbury Public School System in 2018; he previously worked at the Chelmsford Public Schools and Digital Corp in Salem, NH.

He was a communicant of St. Mary Church of Chelmsford, MA.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, bowling, traveling, family dinners, antique cars and model trains.  There wasn’t a person who met George who didn’t love him.  He always had a funny story to tell to make them laugh.  He will be missed by his friends at Dunkin Donuts, and places he played Keno.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his five sons, Timothy and his wife Jennifer Collins of Chelmsford, Jason and his wife Christine Collins of Chelmsford, Thomas and his wife Susan Collins of Summerville, SC, Christopher and his wife Tracy Collins of West Dundee, IL, and Steven Collins of Brooklyn, NY; a brother, Stephen and his wife Debbie Collins of Highland, CA, a sister-in-law, Linda Collins of Saco, ME, and eight grandchildren, Crystal Noonan, Timothy John Jr., Patrick, Slade, Cooper, Kelsey, Morgan, and Hunter Collins.  George is also survived by three God daughters, Joanne Collins , Jillian Salisbury and Barbara Collins as well as many nieces and nephews and several close friends.

He was the brother of the late John Collins, Mary “Bo” Proulx, Catherine Collins, and Theresa Collins.

Visiting hours Sun. 1 to 5 P.M. Funeral Mon. at 10:00 AM from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, with a funeral Mass at 11:00 AM at St. Mary Church, 25 North Rd., Chelmsford. Burial in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Chelmsford.  Memorials may be made in his memory to Merrimack Cardiology, 14 Research Pl., N. Chelmsford, MA 01863 or to the Pancreatic Treatment Program at MGH, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114.  ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-256-4040.

9 Condolences for George P. Collins of Chelmsford

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    Jennifer Aylward


    George was a wonderful person who became a dear friend to me during his time spent at Parker Middle School. He always treated me like an extended member of his family and would still come to visit every once in a while, even after he moved on to THS. George was a kind soul, who could brighten anyone’s day with just his smile or thoughtfulness. Thank you George for taking care of me all those years. I will miss you and our conversations but there will always be a special place for you in my heart.

    Jenn Aylward

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    Kim Briand


    George will always be remembered for his kindness and his generous soul. He always had time to ask me about how things were going with my family. He never forgot any details and would follow up right where we left off when we would meet again. He really cared about all of the students at Parker and would do anything for anyone at anytime. I loved catching up with him around town at sporting events for his grand children. My prayers and condolences extend to George’s entire family.

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    Carol Kivlan Comins


    I will miss George. He was a man who openly shared his love for Joy and his sons. He was so proud of all of you. He was a good friend to me at Parker Middle formany years. I am sorry for your lost.

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    Cathy proulx


    Uncle George was a wonderful man. He always did whatever he could to help anyone out. He had a wonderful laugh. And you never saw him mad. He never raised his voice. He had a kind word to say about everyone. And his smile was contagious . He was humble Christian. Who always talked about how when he met his wife aunt Joy . He fell in love at first sight. He always had a joke to tell and was a hard working man. His kids grew up knowing they were loved. The same for his grad kids. He didn’t have a mean bone in his body. Was always kind to any animal he came across.Uncle George will be missed beyond words. By all who were lucky enough to know him. Love Cathy

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    Lisa Collins


    Uncle Georgie was always so kind to me when we did see each other. He had such a wonderful smile and laugh. He reminded me so much of father whenever he talked. Condolences to Aunt Joy and their children as well as family and friends. A light in this world has been turned off too soon. He will be missed.

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    George’s laugh was infectious. He had a great sense of humor and found so many ways to laugh about day to day life. His smile was genuine and always present.

    One thing I will always remember about George is the way he spoke of his wife Joy. He was in love at first sight and stayed that way his entire life. He was never happier than when he was with the people he cared so much about. Nothing speaks so clearly to they type of man George was – than to see the type of men his boys have become.

    He was a good, kind man and he will be deeply missed.

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    Eddie and Jan Page


    It is with great sadness to learn of the passing of George. Our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

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    Priscilla Stevens, Trustee Chair


    To George’s family: I want you all to know how much we treasured George at Gleason Public Library. He was always willing to go the extra mile, stay and take care of things, and keep our little library up and running, no matter what the weather or mechanical difficulty. And he did all this with gentle dignity and good humor. We miss him so much. George looked after all of us, and he was our cherished colleague and friend.

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    Barbara Collinf


    George was an incredible example of what a father, husband, uncle, son, brother and friend should be. He was always there when someone needed a a hand or kind ear. His unique sense of humor brightened any difficult conversation and changed the moment into peals of laughter. My fondest memories include Nana and Uncle George spending hours debating their system for estimating the next daily lottery number. Their routine of picking the number included their daily visit to Dunkin Donuts. His marriage to Joy for 43 years and the way his boys stayed by his side during this time exemplified the man that he was and what he accomplished. He will be sadly missed.

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