WILMINGTON, MA — James F. Collins, “Jim”, age 61, of Wilmington, formerly of Allston, passed away unexpectedly on February 4, 2019.
Jim was born on July 17, 1957, in Cambridge, MA; he was the cherished son of Helen and the late Cornelius Collins. Jim was raised and educated in Allston; he was a graduate of Boston Latin High School.
Jim spent the duration of his career as a buyer/merchandiser for Star Market and Shaw’s Supermarket Chains.
Family was most important to Jim; he was especially proud of his three daughters and loved to share all of their accomplishments with everyone around him. He looked forward to the times he spent with family and friends down the Cape on Mashnee Island where everyone had a great time and lots of special memories were made.
In his spare time, Jim, enjoyed following the Boston sports teams, listening to music and he was very competitive with trivia.
Jim will be fondly remembered for his quick wit, sense of humor and his unconditional love for his family and friends. He will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Jim is survived by his loving family Denyse Collins, Brittany Davie & her husband Stephen, Allison Collins and Siobhan Collins all of Wilmington, his beloved mother Helen Collins formerly of Allston, his siblings Catherine Sutherland & husband Eugene of Burlington and Helen Anne Cowan of Abington, his brother-in-law Eric Rollfs of North Reading. Jim is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his father Cornelius Collins and his sister Patricia Rollfs.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, February 8th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, February 7th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to Into Action Recovery Inc., 632 North St., Tewksbury, MA 01876 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)
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