AUBURN — George D. Collins, 89, of Lewiston and formerly of Candia, N.H., passed away peacefully at the Hospice House of Androscoggin Home Healthcare & Hospice in Auburn, surrounded by loved ones Sunday, Sept. 2.
Born in Melrose, Mass., on Aug. 30, 1929, he was the son of George A. and Marguerite Balch Collins. He was raised and educated in New Hampshire, and was a graduate of Pace University in New York. George proudly served as a sergeant in the Marine Corps. He was the past master of Rockingham Lodge No. 76, Candia, N.H., and completed the Scottish rites to become a 32nd degree Mason. He was a member of the American Legion and the Kora Shriners. Prior to his retirement, he was an account executive at Hallmark Cards for 25 years.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Collins, of Lewiston; his children: Christine Coronis and husband, Chuck, of East Kingston, N.H.; grandson, Matthew Coronis, and his fiancée, Shalini Saloo, of Columbia Md.; George Collins and his wife, Linda, of Munich, Germany; grandchildren Sophia Collins, Anna Collins and Gavin Collins; stepdaughter, Marie San Nicolas, and husband, Anthony, of Acworth, Ga., step-grandchildren Brian San Nicolas, Daniel San Nicolas and Catie San Nicolas; stepson, Patrick Dionne, and wife, Debbie, of Eustis, Fla., step-grandchildren Tanya and husband, Matt Dempsey; step-great-grandchildren Jordan, Beau and Reagan Dempsey, step-granddaughter, Brandy Castro, and husband, Elias; stepson, Timothy Dionne, of Durango, Colo., stepdaughter, Celine Martin, and fiance, Toby Chipman, of Steuben; step-grandchildren Emily, Kelsey and Jacob Martin and wife, Shai; step-great-grandchildren Renee and Caleb.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Joanne Cox Collins.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Albert & Burpee Funeral Home, 253 Pine St., Lewiston. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Cross Church, Lewiston, followed by interment at Holbrook Cemetery, Candia, N.H. Donations may be made in his memory to the Rockingham Lodge No. 76, P.O. Box 486, Milford, NH 03055-0486.
Condolences and a video tribute may be found online at www.albert-burpee.com.
George D. Collins