GREAT VALLEY - Mr. Joseph "Jerry" Collins, 75, of Great Valley, returned to his savior on Saturday (Oct. 12, 2013) passing away peacefully at his home.
Born April 24, 1938, in Carbondale, Pa., he was the son of the late Joseph and Agnes Carmichael Collins.
Mr. Collins was the son of a career railroader and as a child he had lived in Akron, Ohio; Meadville, Pa.; and moved to Salamanca in 1954. He was a graduate of Salamanca High School.
He was married July 19, 1957, in St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church in Hornell, to the former Mary Ellen "Minnie" Clifford, who survives.
Mr. Collins served as an alderman for the Third Ward for the city of Salamanca in the 1970s. He was an entrepreneur who owned Cardinal Hills Golf Course in Randolph, East End Plastics in Salamanca, the former Fiber Cell Corporation in Portville and the former J.G. Collins Distributor in Salamanca. He had been a fireman and engineer for over ten years with the Erie Lackawanna Railroad.
Mr. Collins enjoyed spending time with his family, especially attending sporting and school events that involved his grandchildren. He was an avid reader and traveler who was interested in U.S. history. He loved architecture and design and had a passion for landscaping with a particular interest in golf course design.
Surviving besides his wife are a daughter, Mrs. Beth (Douglas) Hoffman of Lima; a son, Tim (Debbie) Collins of Salamanca; four grandchildren, Christina Hoffman of Alexandria, Va., Erik Hoffman of Rochester, and Michael and Maeghan Collins, both of Salamanca; three sisters, Mary Harris and Ceil Kelly, both of Hornell, and Bonita Collins, Gainsville, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Nan Collins; and a son, Michael Collins.
There will be no visitation and a private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc. Funeral Home, 25 River St., Salamanca. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Salamanca.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials to Home Care and Hospice, The
, Salamanca Youth Activities or the Salamanca Railroad Museum.
E-condolence may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to facebook.com/onofh.
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Oct. 15, 2013