Francis Patrick Collins
90, of Crestview Hills, Ky., died on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at home. Born in Canton, Ohio, 'Pat' was a 1940 graduate of St. John's High School (now Central Catholic High School), Canton, Ohio, and graduated from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, with a BSJ (Journalism) in 1950. He was a charter member of Delta Pi Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity at Ohio University. He was a parishioner of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Edgewood, Ky. A lifelong patriot, Mr. Collins served our country over five decades. He was a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army Air Corps, serving between 1942 and 1946 as a P-38 pilot in World War II. He was in the US Air Force Reserve before going on inactive duty in 1955. He reentered the US Army National Guard in the 1970's, working in the Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs detachment, and retired in 1984 as a Major, US Army. In his professional career, Mr. Collins was Assistant Director, Off-Campus Relations for Ohio University from 1950 to 1955; Agent, Assistant Manager and Branch Manager, New York Life Insurance Company from 1955 to 1979 in Columbus, Cincinnati and Canton, Ohio and Lexington, Ky.; Agency Manager, Union Central Life Insurance Company from 1979 to 1981 in Columbus; and owner, Pat Collins Insurance Agency, then Agent, Motorists Insurance from 1981 to 1995 in Columbus. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, P-38 National Association, National Director of the Ohio University Alumni Association, Life Loyal Sigma Chi, Knights of Columbus, Serra International, Kiwanis International, Sigma Delta Chi, General Agents and Managers Association, Columbus (Ohio) Life Underwriters Association, Lexington (Kentucky) Life Underwriters Association, American College of Chartered Life Underwriters (CLU), and numerous other professional and community organizations. Mr. Collins was the son of the late William Andrew Collins and the late Anna Mary Collins (nee Meyer). William was an Engineer with the Pennsylvania Railroad in Canton, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his spouse of more than 53 years, Mary Lou Collins (nee Pash), and siblings, Mildred White, William Herman 'Bill' Collins, and Raymond Anthony 'Tony' Collins.
Mr. Collins is survived by his sister, Theresa Kerrigan; his daughter, Christine Holt and her husband, Robert, of Florence, Ky.; his son, Timothy and his spouse, Thomas Wolff, of New York, N.Y.; and his son, Kevin and his wife, Jocelyn, of Lebanon, Ohio. Mr. Collins is also survived by four grandchildren, Megan Holt and Kacey Holt, of Florence, Ky., and Lillian (Lilly) Collins and Cameron Collins, of Lebanon, Ohio.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 beginning at 5 p.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Edgewood, Ky. A funeral mass to celebrate Pat's life will be held at 6 p.m. in the church on the same day. A reception at the church will follow immediately after in the undercroft, in Milligan Hall. Burial will be at St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Canton, Ohio at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in Pat's name to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Ronald B. Jones Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences to www.ronaldbjones.com.
Ronald B. Jones, 859-431-0072
Published in The Repository on Apr. 23, 2013