THORNTON – Joseph Patrick Collins Jr. of Thornton, passed away Sunday August 17, 2014, after a battle with cancer.
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Joseph was born in Everett, Mass. on May 5, 1949, the son of Joseph P. Collins Sr. (deceased) and Gloria Collins/Bowie of Manchester. He was a middle child of one sister and four brothers, Betty Conway of Manchester, Steve Collins, of Massachusetts, Paul Collins, of Massachusetts, Ronald Collins (deceased) and Robert Collins (deceased). His family moved to New Hampshire when he was a young age and he has called it home ever since living in New Hampton for many years before moving to Thornton.
Joseph married his sweetheart, Linda E. Collins of Thornton, in 1973 and they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary last year. They enjoyed many adventures and didn't face an obstacle they couldn't overcome together. They loved planning new adventures, gardening and travelling through-out New England. Some of their favorite spots have been the Cape, Martha's Vineyard, Pittsburg and the coast of Maine. Joseph has two sons, Michael Collins and his wife, Stephanie, of New Hampton and Nick Celley of Moultonborough; and three grandchildren.
Joseph was a devoted and loving husband and father and absolutely adored being a grandfather. He spent his time with grandchildren in the kitchen teaching them to bake, going camping, and riding the bumper boats they always bugged him about. He didn't want to miss a minute.
Joseph worked for many years in the lumber and building supply trade working for Sunbeam Lumber and then Steenbeke and Sons for many years as a store manager in New Hampshire before becoming self-employed in the industry. He found great joy in designing and building homes in the area.
Joseph loved his antique pickup truck, camping and sitting by a campfire with family. He loved quiet times listening to music and the scanner. The family has hundreds, if not thousands, of family pictures to enjoy thanks to his love of photography.
His quick wit and sense of humor will be greatly missed.
A celebration of life ceremony will be held Saturday, August 23, at 2 p.m. at the New Hampton Community Church, Main Street, New Hampton.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation to the Future Farmers of America, ffa.org.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Aug. 21, 2014