Arthur E. "Art" Collins Jr., 67, of Enfield, entered peacefully into eternal rest in the comfort of his home on Thursday, April 11, 2013.
He was born in Stafford on Nov. 9, 1945, to Marie (Belliveau) Collins and the late Arthur E. Collins Sr. Art was raised in Somersville and lived in Maine from 1980 to 2009 when he moved to Enfield. He was a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State College earning a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences. He served in the U.S. Navy
for four years and was formerly employed by the Department of Social Services for the State of Maine. Art was an avid fisherman and growing up he enjoyed fishing at the Somers Mill Pond, and while in Maine at Sebago Lake. He played in the Down Home Country Band in Brunswick, Maine. Skilled at billiards, Art was always up for a good game.
In addition to his mother, Marie, he is survived by his siblings, Harry Collins, and his wife, Jean, and Leroy Collins, and his wife, Beverly, all of Somers, Alice E. Richard of Springfield; Ken Collins, and his wife, Brenda, Ted Collins, Terry Collins, Nancy Wood, and her husband, John, Kathy Wilson, and Lynn Collins, all of Indiana. In addition to his father, Arthur, he was predeceased by his siblings, Gary Collins, Arthur E. Collins Jr., Harry Collins, and Alice Collins.
A funeral service in celebration of Art's life will be held at Somers Funeral Home, 354 Main St., Somers, at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 15, followed by burial in Hazardville Cemetery.
His family will receive relatives and friends at the funeral home on Sunday, April 14, from 3 to 5 p.m. and one hour before the service on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m.
Donations in Art's memory may be made to Healing Waters International, 15000 W. 6th Ave., Suite 404, Golden, CO 80401, or atwww.projecthealingwaters.org
To leave an online message of sympathy or for directions please visitwww.somersfuneralhome.com