Obituary of Robert G. Collins
Robert (Bob) Collins, 91, passed away Monday, June 5, 2023, surrounded by family.
Bob was born and raised in Brooklyn and later resided in Yonkers prior to serving in the Korean War. While overseas, an Army buddy encouraged him to write letters to his girlfriend’s friend back home in Pennsylvania. Little did he know this was the beginning of a 65-year marriage and the start of a wonderful family. Bob and his wife settled in South Plainfield in 1957, halfway between New York City and Pennsylvania. He worked in textile sales for West Point-Pepperell in New York City for over 35 years. After retirement, he kept occupied by driving for Majestic Limousine. This was the perfect job for him as he loved driving, enjoyed socializing with his clients, and knew the city of New York like the back of his hand.
An avid traveler, Bob and his wife visited all 50 US states, the Caribbean, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Canada and 32 European countries and principalities. Some of his favorite places where family traditions were formed were the Adirondacks, St. Michael’s, MD, and Vermont. He enjoyed spending time in the yard building Belgian block walls and rock gardens. He was a devoted, longtime member of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church. Bob was also a very talented pen and ink sketch artist. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family, enjoying long Happy Hours and sharing many of his great stories and jokes.
While alive, he lived!
Surviving are his wife, Genevieve “Jean” Collins; three children, Robert Collins and wife Janet, Wade Collins and wife Monica, and Nadine Walsh and husband Paul; he was known as “PopPop” by his four grandchildren, Bobby Collins, Jacqui Macchioni, LeighAnn Walsh, and Ryan Walsh; and his three great grandchildren, Nellie, Rocco, and Siena.
A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023, from 9AM-11AM in the McCriskin – Gustafson Home for Funerals, 2425 Plainfield Avenue South Plainfield NJ 07080, followed by a burial in Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Ambler, PA