HARVEYS LAKE — Charles W. Collins, 92, of Harveys Lake, passed away March 23, 2014, at his home with his only daughter, Charlene, and his loving caregivers at his side.
Born March 11, 1922, in Nanticoke, he was a son of the late Charles A. and Elizabeth Gallagher Collins and was raised in the East End section of Wilkes-Barre.
After graduating from Coughlin High School, class of 1940, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he served as an Aviation Ordnanceman First Class aboard the USS Chandeleur and USS Kearsarge in the South Pacific during World War II. As a gunner in Patrol Bombing Squadron Twenty-One (VFB-21) he received many awards and citations for his crew's relentless attacks on enemy vessels and aircraft.
After his honorable discharge in 1947, he was employed by the United States Postal Service, from which he retired in 1982. Many people in Forty Fort, Swoyersville, Edwardsville and Kingston will remember his smiling face while delivering their mail.
Loving the outdoors, he enjoyed gardening, walking, swimming, travelling overseas, bowling, shuffleboard and his winter home in Florida.
After raising their daughter in Forty Fort, Charles and his wife, Gloria, moved to the house he built at Harveys Lake, where he resided for the remainder of his life. He was an usher at the Church of Our Lady of Victory for more than 30 years, and was a member of the American Legion Post 967, Harveys Lake, and VFW Post 283, Kingston.
His wife, Gloria Dally Collins, died Dec. 13, 2010. Sisters Catherine Leonard, Betty Mulhern, Alice Collins, Ann Clarke and Elaine Lehman; a nephew, Bobby Collins; and great-grandson, Jonathan Prandy, also preceded him in death.
He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Charlene, and her husband, Bob Prandy, Maryland; grandsons, Eric and his wife, Anna Prandy, Maryland, and Keith and his wife, Natasha Prandy, Georgia; great-grandchildren, Alexis, Nicholas, Abby and Zoe Prandy; sister Joan Eagen, New York; brother, Bob Collins, New Jersey; nieces and nephews; other family and friends.
The entire family thanks his Griswold caregivers who gave such loving care to him and his wife in their final years. Special thanks to Toni Kaufman, who became his second "daughter"; Karen, for her calming personality; Donna, Kassandra and Carmelita; his VA nurse, Beth, and his Erwine Hospice caregivers who saw that his life passed lovingly and peacefully.
Celebration of Charles' Life with visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Monday in the Church of Our Lady of Victory at Harveys Lake. Funeral Mass will be celebrated by his nephew the Rev. Kevin Mulhern at 11 a.m. Private interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Memorial donations are preferred and may be made to
, Alzheimer's Foundation, or the charity of your preference.
McLaughlin's – The Family Funeral Service is assisting Charles' family with arrangements.
Permanent messages and memories can be shared with Charles' family at www.celebratehislife.com.