Dr. Bernard Collins
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Dr. Bernard M. Collins

1929-2012 Dr. Bernard M. Collins died on Tuesday, October 2, 2012.

Bernard "Doc" Collins was born on May 25, 1929, the eighth of nine children of Dr. Bernard and Elizabeth (Murphy) Collins.

Doc Collins graduated from St. Joseph's High School in 1947, and attended Providence College and Brown University. In 1954, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Dr. Daniel Collins and Dr. William Collins; four sisters, Mary Furer, Elizabeth Miller, Bernadine (Bonny) Cook, Helen Meehan; and a grandson, Wesley Mitchell.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Ann) O'Connell Collins with whom he celebrated 60 years of marriage on September 6, 2012; nine children including five sons, Bernard (and wife Maryellen), Chauncey (and wife Linda), Matthew, Peter (and wife Leslie) and Bartholomew; and four daughters, Elizabeth (Libby) (and fiance' Ron Driscoll), Linda Mitchell, Lee Ann Collins, and Laura Downing; and 16 grandchildren, Chalice, Christine, Dr. Andrew, Christine, Megan, Michael, Stephen, Dillon (and wife Carrie), Evan (and wife Becki), Ashley, Brittany, Maggie, Sam, Katherine, Daniel, and Tyler.

He is also survived by two sisters, Jeanne Miller of Charleston S.C., and Sheila Burns of Juno Beach, Fla.

In 1954 Dr. Collins' followed in his father's footsteps, who was a practicing veterinarian in Pittsfield, Mass. from 1918 to his death in 1937, and began his veterinarian career working with his brother, Dan, at the Collins Veterinary Clinic on South Street in Pittsfield, Mass. He then opened his own veterinary clinic in 1962 in Lee, Mass. which he operated until 1985.

He was an active communicant of St. Mary's Church since 1955 and a member of it's Adoration Society. He also served as a Eucharistic Minister.

Doc Collins enjoyed 27 years of active retirement. In 1998 at the age of 69, he rode his bike across the country from Seattle, Wash. to Washington, D.C. in support of the American Lung Association. Until his death, he thoroughly enjoyed hiking, biking, snowshoeing and skiing with family and friends.

The family will receive friends at KELLY FUNERAL HOME, on Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at St. Mary's Church, Lee, Mass. on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Technology Program at St. Mary's School, in care of the Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main Street, Lee, MA 10238 in memory of Dr. Bernard Collins. If you would like to leave a message of condolence or share pictures or stories please visit our website at www.kellyfuneralhome.net.

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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 3, 2012.