Danville - Paul Collins, 82, of Pine Street in Danville, died on Aug. 4, 2014, at his home. He was born the youngest of eight children on April 7, 1932, in Portsmouth, son of Herbert and Hilja (Koskinen) Collins.
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Paul lived his whole life on Pine Street in Danville. He attended the Eaton School and Sanborn Seminary in Kingston and served in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1954 during the Korean War on the USS Siboney CVE-112. Upon returning, he married Patricia White on April 23, 1955, and they shared a wonderful life together for 59 years.
Paul was formerly a police officer and eventually served as chief of police in Danville, and he was regularly involved in town affairs, serving on the Planning Board, as treasurer of the Parsonage Committee and also as a Boy Scout leader. As a carpenter, Paul owned a business and greatly enjoyed restoring the historical buildings in town, such as the Town Hall, the Meeting House and the Little Red School House.
Paul was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Patricia (White) Collins of Danville; two daughters, Pamela and husband Kerry Bronk of Surfside Beach, S.C., Sheryl and husband Steven Johnson of Waterboro, Maine; two sons, David and wife Rebecca Collins of Danville, and Scott Collins of East Hampstead; 14 grandchildren, Eben and Jael Bronk, Brian, Peter and Rachel Collins, Joshua, Erik, Jakob, Kendra, Levi, Gabrielle, Jebediah and Kylie Johnson, and Kelsey Collins. He is also survived by seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Rowe of Brentwood and Barbara Gorton of Danville; and several nieces and nephews..
SERVICES: A funeral service will be on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 1 p.m. at the Danville Baptist Church, 226 Main St., Danville. Burial with military honors will follow in Centre Cemetery in Danville.
Brewitt Funeral Home, 14 Pine St., Exeter, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
For more information, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.
Brewitt Funeral Home
14 Pine Street
Exeter, NH 03833
Published in Union Leader on Aug. 6, 2014