MANCHESTER - Daniel F. Collins, 90, of Manchester, passed away Feb. 26, 2014, in Mount Carmel Healthcare Center after a lengthy illness.He was born in Boston on Jan. 16, 1924, the son of Daniel and Helen (Sheehan) Collins.He was raised in Brookline, Mass., and was a graduate of Northeastern University. He received his master's degree from Harvard University. A resident of Hooksett since 1967, he had previously lived in Reading, Mass.Prior to his retirement in 1989, he had been employed for more than 20 years as the deputy director for the Water Supply and Pollution Control Commission for the State of New Hampshire. One of his notable projects was project manager for the Winnipesaukee River Basin Project.Daniel was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, serving in the Pacific. He was a member of the American Legion and was a former member of the Knights of Columbus in Reading, Mass.An avid fan of Boston sports teams, Daniel enjoyed traveling, music, reading and crossword puzzles. He always wanted to make people laugh.His beloved wife of 54 years, Marilyn (Kane) Collins, died in July 2010.Family members include a son, Mark and his wife, Donna Collins, of Goffstown; a son, Peter and his wife, Bonnie Collins, of East Holden, Maine, and their sons, John, Michael and James and his wife, Bethany; daughter Martha Schenk and her husband, David, of Auburn, Maine, and their sons, David and Christopher; son John and his wife, Lupe, of Maywood N.J., and their daughters, Jacqueline and Cristina; and many nieces and nephews.
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services: A calling hour will be held Monday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the McHugh Funeral Home, 283 Hanover St., corner of Beech Street. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10 a.m. in Ste. Marie Church, Notre Dame Avenue. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bedford.Memorial donations may be made in Daniel's name to St. Charles Children's Home, 19 Grant St., Rochester NH 03867.Condolences may be offered at www.mchughfuneralhome.com.
Published in Union Leader on Feb. 28, 2014