Robert 'Bob' Edward Francis Collins
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July 19, 1941 - Jan. 17, 2013
Robert Edward Francis Collins, age 71, passed away peacefully at home on his ranch on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, surrounded by his family and holding his beloved "bride's" hand. Bob touched many lives with his sincerity, his kindness, his incredibly positive outlook on life, and his interest in helping others. He will be remembered for his deep love of his family, his friends and his animals, his compassion for every person he met, his infectious smile, his deep faith, and his love of sports and equipment, especially his tractors.
Bob was born on July 19, 1941, in Richmond, and attended Harry Ells High School through his junior year. He graduated from Alhambra High School in 1959 and took classes at Diablo Valley College and UC Berkeley. As a young man, Bob worked during the summer for the California Division of Forestry. He then started his career in Flood Control Public Works and eventually moved to Central Contra Costa Sanitary District where he retired as a Senior Construction Inspector in 1997 after 31 years. Among his many projects was overseeing construction of the administration building used by the district today. Since 1979, Bob enjoyed his summers at Lake Almanor where he loved boating, and in 2002, he fulfilled a lifelong dream to have his own ranch as his grandparents did: he moved to Guinda where he also continued working in trucking. Bob was his happiest self on the ranch and at the lake.
Bob is survived by his "bride" Susan, his devoted children Matthew Collins and his wife Karen of Martinez, Kelly Fleming and her husband Mitch of Lafayette, Theresa Collins of Walnut Creek and his granddaughter Elizabeth Anne Fleming. He is also survived by his sisters Sheila Jeffry and her husband Jerry of Oakley, and Margaret "Margie" Pruitt and her husband Lou of Martinez. His generous loving spirit will be missed by all who knew him.
Friends are invited to services at Christ the King Parish in Pleasant Hill. A visitation will be held 6 to 9 p.m., today, Wednesday, Jan. 23, with a rosary at 7 p.m., and a celebration of life mass at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 24. Memorial contributions may be made to Cal Athletics, United Cerebral Palsy or Yolo Hospice.
Published in Daily Democrat from Jan. 23 to Feb. 20, 2013