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Donald "Wayne" Collins, of Ft. Myers, Florida passed away May 10, 2013, under the caring hands of Hope Hospice. Wayne was born December 14, 1921, in Toledo, Ohio, to Benjamin and Florence Collins. Entered the Army in 1941, serving in the Chinese-Burma theatre. Returned to civilian life in Toledo in 1945, married Florence Myers, and started a career at McGranahan's Major Appliance Distributors for many years. In 1971, he moved his family to Southwest Florida, opening the first quickprinting franchise, Big Red Q Quickprint Centers, in downtown Ft. Myers, then expanding with stores from Lakeland to Naples, Florida. After being widowed, he married Joanne in 1977 and enjoyed many years as a proud resident of Fiddlesticks Country Club. They enjoyed traveling the world, especially enjoying sailing trips in the Caribbean with his daughter and husband.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne; son, Mark (Gerry), of Port Charlotte, Florida, and daughter, Kimberly (Thomas) Mitchell, of Valley Springs, California; along with 3 grandchildren, Amy, Lindsey, and Corey, and 7 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his brother; parents, and wife, Florence.
Arrangements by National Cremation Society. Per his request, no services are planned.
Those who wish to offer condolences are asked to visit www.legacy.com or
to sign the guestbook and leave remembrances. Donations may be made in Wayne's name to Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Cir., Ft. Myers, Florida 33908. He will be deeply missed by family and friends, and all who knew him.
Published in Toledo Blade on May 19, 2013