Terence John Collins, 74, of Bellingham, WA, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 10, 2016. Terence was born in New York, NY, on December 27, 1942 to Art and Dot Collins. He had a distinguished career of 20 years in the US Navy from which he retired with Commander status and then began his next professional chapter working as a supervisor at an oil refinery in Ferndale, WA. It was the start of his career in the oil industry that led him to New Zealand where he met and married his wife, Gail of 31 years on May 10, 1985, in New Plymouth, New Zealand. One could always be sure to find Terence reading and watching sports, especially teams from Boston! Terence is remembered as a kind, caring, polite, loving and honorable man who loved his wife and children very dearly. Terence is survived by his wife Gail, son Kiley (Laura) Collins, son Gary Collins, daughter Heather Collins and four brothers Arthur (Paula) Collins, Kevin (Debbie) Collins, Brian (Sandy) Collins and Michael (Sue) Collins. He is also survived by his one grandchild, Forrest Collins, and sixteen nieces and nephews. A funeral service followed by a reception celebrating the life of Terence will be held Tuesday, March 15, at 1 p.m. at Moles Farewell Tributes Bellingham, 2465 Lakeway Drive. The family thanks everyone for the kind thoughts and words. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the VFW in Bellingham Post 1585 or to the American Legion Post 7. Please share memories at www.molesfarewelltributes.com
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Mar. 15, 2016