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George M. Collins III

COLLINS, George M., III Age 64, of Needham, a veteran, died December 31, 2011, New Year's Eve day, as a result of complications from non-Hodgkins Lymphoma treatment. Mr. Collins proudly served in the U.S. Air Force, as part of Strategic Air Command, during the Vietnam Conflict. During his military service he was directly exposed to Agent Orange, and it was this exposure that caused his Lymphoma. For his military service he earned the Outstanding Unit Award, Vietnam Service Medal with 4 bronze campaign stars, Good Conduct Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm. He dedicated his civilian life to the understanding of how things work, whether mechanical, electrical, or otherwise. He developed the skills and know-how to truly repair anything. With that passion he opened Auto Dynamics, an automotive service business, which remained in operation for more than 25 years until his passing. Later in life he developed an affinity for collecting and restoring both vintage Royal Enfield motorcycles and antique pocket watches. He was always eager to help his family, friends, and even strangers, sharing generously and selflessly his time and expertise. In doing so he has influenced and impacted countless people's lives. He was also an animal lover, and gave of himself to care for numerous cats, dogs, and injured wildlife. He is survived by his life partner of nearly 30 years, Joan L. Gollub, of Needham, MA, his mother Anne K. Collins, of Plympton, MA, his 3 sisters, Laurin Wharton, of Plymouth, MA, Lynn Wiksten, of Plympton, MA, and Alison Raines, of Princeton, NC, and his step-son, Andrew D. Gollub, of Hull, MA. His memory will be honored with a gathering of friends and family on Sun. January 29, from 3-5 PM at the Wellesley College Club, just off Rte. 16, in Wellesley, MA. Letters of comfort and sympathy may be sent to Joan Gollub, 120 Locust Lane, Needham, MA 02492. George will live on in all of us that he touched.

Published in The Boston Globe from Jan. 24 to Jan. 26, 2012
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