COLLINS--Edwin Hellawell. Edwin Hellawell Collins died suddenly at home in Boonton, New Jersey on November 16, 2021. The cause of death was a heart attack, which struck him as he was sitting down to dinner with his wife Anne Blackwell-Collins. He was 62 years old. Ed leaves behind a legacy of kindness, intrepid professionalism, intellectual curiosity, robust adventure and determined individualism. He was born on March 26, 1959 in Garden City, Long Island, NY to Eileen (Hellawell) and Louis Collins. After the family moved to Katonah, New York, Ed graduated from John Jay High School in Cross River, New York in 1977. He went on to Drew University in Madison, N.J. graduating in 1981. However, Ed never graduated from New Jersey. The state became his home for the rest of his life. He would go on to have a long career in insurance, working at such firms as Chubb, Great American, Fireman's Fund, Coverx, Berkley and Crum & Forster. When he died, he was working for AltaRisk, an underwriting insurer of specialty products. Ed, however, rarely took his work home from the office. He enjoyed hearty pursuits outside of his profession. Edwin met Anne Blackwell, a Glaswegian working as a nanny in Mountain Lakes, N.J. They shared a love of running, journaling, cats, reading, and traveling the world from Germany to Argentina. They walked the length of Hadrian's Wall in England; they ran the New York City and Berlin Marathons. Their last trip was to Yosemite National Park in the spring of '21. Anne and Ed were cheeriest when exploring in Anne's home country. Edwin leaves behind his Scottish family, the MacDougalls, including Ruth (Blackwell) and Bert and their children Neil (Mina), Colin, Heather Andrews (Frankie) and Gordon (Edith) as well as many cousins. Edwin's American family includes sister Monica (Ben Alper), brother Louis Andrew (Leslie) as well as nephews Kyle Andrew (Emily) and Patrick Daman. Uncle Ed provided much inspiration and guidance to the nephews over the years. He also leaves a clan of co-workers, neighbors and friends who knew his kindness and bonhomie. Edwin loved nothing more than a good book, a good beer and a good laugh. Donations in Edwin's memory can be made to NorthStar Pet Rescue, www.northstarpets.org
Published by New York Times on Nov. 20, 2021.