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Alfred H. Collins Obituary
Alfred H. Collins MECHANICVILLE – Alfred H. Collins, 86, of Tallmadge Place, a man who loved and cherished life, died Monday, June 11th, at home, following an extended illness. Born in Troy, June 26, 1925, son of the late former City of Mechanicville Mayor Anson and Frieda Harms Collins, Al was a 1944 graduate of LaSalle Institute. After his early graduation, Al enlisted in the US Army, serving with the 78th Division, Company G 310th Infantry Reg, serving as a machine gunner, and being awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge, participating in the Battle of the Bulge and also capturing the Bridge of Remagen, giving American troops its first bridgehead crossing the Rhine and pushing the German Army back east. After being discharged, Al was a partner in Collins Bros. Construction Co of Mechanicville, a company that had major contributions to the building of the NYS Thruway, the Northway and grade crossing eliminations in the Ballston Spa area. The company motto was “They build bridges to span the tide and roads for others to ride”. A former president and member of the Associated General Contractors, Al also proudly served his community well, as a 65 year member of the DE LaDow Co. # 2 of the Mechanicville Fire Dept., 55 year member of the local Lions Club, 58 year member of the Elks Lodge, former Commander of the VFW # 6328 and American Legion Post 91, both of Mechanicville, the On Da Wa lodge of the F & A Masons, the Mechanicville Golf Club and board member of Hudson View Cemetery. Al loved his church, was involved in its upkeep and was a former Trustee of the Mechanicville United Methodist Church. In addition to his service, Al was a faithful financial supporter of many community and veterans service organizations, was proud to have donated over 13 gallons of blood as well as participated in a successful pheresis donation and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Betty Cardin Collins, who died in 2006, also his brother Anson Collins, Jr. Children charged with carrying on their father's legacy of good works in life, include Geoffrey Collins of Albany, Alfred H. Collins of Vancouver, British Columbia, Lucinda Collins of Schaghticoke and Brenda Collins of Halfmoon. Also his grandson Christopher Michael Collins of Broadalbin. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday at Noon at United Methodist Church, 7 No. Main St., followed by burial with military honors at Hudson View Cemetery. Calling hours at the Church on Saturday from 10 AM till Noon. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Mechanicville United Methodist Church, in respectful memory of Alfred H. Collins. Arrangements by the DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, Mechanicville. www.devito-salvadorefh.com to leave condolences and for directions.

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Published in The Record on June 14, 2012
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