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Edward Collins
(Died November 4, 2011)

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Edward “Ed” Fay Collins, 70, of Susquehanna, Pa., died unexpectedly in his home Friday, November 4, 2011 of heart failure, with his beloved wife, Judy Collins, by his side. He is survived by his wife Judy Collins; four daughters, Arthinalee Nesbitt and husband, Bill; Tammy Simons and husband, Michael; Amy Coulter and husband, Scott; and Susan Sparks and husband, Curt; two sons, Michael Goetter and wife, Nicole; and Joshua Collins; ten grandchildren, Michelle, Adam, and Heather Bixby; Sean DeGraw and Sadie Coulter; Laura and John Simons; and Shannon, Valerie, and Daniel Goetter; three brothers Fred, Bill and Terry Collins, a sister Cora Bouren, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He is also predeceased by his brother Charles Collins. Born December 17, 1940 to the late Laura Omoo Slocum and Stanford Fay Collins, Edward was a 1958 graduate of Susquehanna High School and served in the United States Army as an engineer. From 1968-1978 he owned and operated AR-TA-MY Construction in Quakertown, Pa., and was a 55-year member of the Construction Union of New York and Pennsylvania states, overseeing high profile projects such as the construction of IBM and SUNY Binghamton as superintendent. A member of the Masons, Canawacta Blue Lodge #360, Susquehanna Royal Arch #276, and St. Andrews Commandery of Knights Templar #27 for 21 years, he served as a Master of the Masons, and a High Priest of the Knights Templar. He was also an active volunteer of DeMolay, the Pennsylvania Youth foundation, and countless other community programs. Ed had a lighthearted disposition, amazing sense of humor, and an unquenchable thirst for living each day like his last. He’d often take his wife and family on impromptu daytrips simply to enjoy the scenic routes of Pennsylvania and upstate New York, which he did one last time the day of his death. A lover of all things outdoors, Ed was a talented hunter, avid gardener, and took every opportunity to explore the land. One of his greatest pleasures and undeniable talents was cooking, especially for his large family and the community. He was a hardworking man and an active volunteer the community, most recently delivering meals on wheels. His greatest joy and accomplishment in life was being a proud and loving husband, father of six, and grandfather of ten. Nothing mattered more to him than the cherished time he spent with his loved ones. The memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Susquehanna United Methodist Church with Pastor Scott Roloson officiating. The burial will be in the Ararat cemetery in Ararat, Pa. The family will receive friends at the Hennessey’s Funeral Home, 747 Jackson Avenue, Susquehanna, Pa., on Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Pennsylvania Youth Foundation, Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, Pa 17022.

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