Robert J. Collinson
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AGE: 76 • Brielle
Robert (Bob) Jesse Collinson, 76, of Brielle, passed away on June 24, 2014 surrounded by the love of his family. Born and raised in West Orange, Bob spent most of his life in Brielle. He went on to a successful career in playground equipment sales, spending most of his career with BCI Burke, Inc of Fond du Lac, WI.
Bob attended West Orange High School and the United States Merchant Marine Academy (aka Kings Point). He served in Germany for 2 years in the US Army. Bob was a Brielle Councilman for many years, and was elected mayor of Brielle from 1975 through 1979. He was the founder of the popular annual event "Brielle Day" and a former member of Brielle Rotary. Bob also was a volunteer fireman in Brielle, was a Scoutmaster for the Brielle Boy Scouts, and was a very devoted and active member of his community.
Robert was predeceased by his parents, Jesse and Jane Collinson, as well as his brother Jesse and sister Mae Wagner. He leaves his children; daughter Sheila of Hamburg, NJ; son Bob & wife Tara of Manasquan; son Kevin of Brielle; daughter Karen & husband Eric of Cincinnati, OH; daughter Kelly of Ocean; 4 grandchildren - Jessica, Tyler, Cameron, and Callan; his brother Thomas & wife Mary of Manasquan and sister Jane Whitehead of Oxford, NJ; and many dear relatives and friends.
Viewing will be at O'Brien Funeral Home, 2028 State Rt. 35, Wall, on Monday from 4-8pm. Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Denis, Union Ave, Manasquan, on Tuesday at 9:30am.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the
, 2310 Rt. 34, #1D, Manasquan, NJ 08736. For information and condolences, visit www.OBrienFuneralHome.com.
O'Brien Funeral Home
2028 Highway 35 at New Bedford Road Wall, NJ 07719
Published in Asbury Park Press from June 28 to June 30, 2014