Richard H. Collins - May 5, 2017

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COEYMANS HOLLOW – Richard H. Collins, 62, passed away suddenly at home May 5, 2017 and entered into the arms of his Eternal Father.  Born in Catskill on January 12, 1955 to the late Harold W. Collins and Shirley (Turner/Collins) Dowd, Rich was a life-long resident of Coeymans Hollow.  Rich always said he lived in the best place this side of heaven. 

     Rich is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Melanie Bowen Collins, his sons and daughters of whom he was so proud, Ryan Collins of Ravena, Matthew and Natalie (Rogers) Collins of Clifton Park and Tyler Collins and Lacey Angle of Leeds.  Rich was a very special “Grandpa” to Edan, Leilani, Logan and Tessa Johnson.  Rich is also survived by his mother Shirley; brothers and sisters-in-law Robert and Deborah Collins of Venice, FL and Raymond and Eileen of Ravena.  He was a devoted brother-in-law to Brian and Alicia Bowen, Susan and Randy Gelatt, Tim Bowen, Jennifer and Rich Smith, Jeff and Jennifer (Taylor) Bowen.  Rich is also survived by his aunts, Pearl Collins and Gladys Howe; uncles Ed Lovecky and William Collins;  and many nieces and nephews; grand nieces and nephews; cousins; and friends whom he loved.

     Rich worked for 40 ˝ years at Hannay Reels, retiring in January of 2017.  One of his real loves was for the land and all God provided, of which he shared among many.  He was a member of Trinity UMC in Coeymans Hollow where he could be found doing just about anything asked of him.  He had a kind, quiet spirit and a loving soul.

     A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 15th at 4:30 at Trinity UMC, 1313 SR 143, Coeymans Hollow 12046 with a calling hour prior to the service starting at 3:30.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Rich to Trinity UM Church or Trinity UMC Food Pantry, 1313 SR 143, Coeymans Hollow, NY 12046 or Back Pack Ravena, C/O A.W.Becker School, 1146 Route 9W, Selkirk, NY 12158 will be graciously accepted.