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CHELSEA: Wallace Curtis Collins, aged 90, died peacefully on Jan. 20 at the Soldier’s Home in Chelsea. He was the son of the late Elizabeth Collins and Ernest Collins of Boston. A veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, he graduated from Villanova University where he was affiliated with Phi Kappa Pi, the engineering honor fraternity. He retired from active duty in the Marine Corps with the rank of Captain, married Patricia Lowery of Los Angeles, and fathered five children. He and his family returned to Mass. after eight years in Santa Monica and Rolling Hills, and lived in Lexington in the winters and Gloucester in the summers. Because of his great love of the ocean and sailing, the family continued to summer in Gloucester after moving to Basking Ridge, N.J. A third move took them to New Hampshire, but when he retired from the field of electrical engineering he and his wife moved permanently to their Gloucester home where he began work for Home Depot in Danvers, and was known for 10 years as The Dean of the Electrical Dept. His interests included ice hockey (he played briefly for The Boston Olympics), tennis, and fixing anything that was broken. He coached youth hockey in Lexington, Morristown, N.J., and Gloucester, and was always a great supporter of the education and activities of his children and grandchildren. Besides his wife of 62 years, he leaves his children and their spouses, Christopher Collins, Kimberly Collins Jermain, Dr. Colleen Collins, Cathlin Collins Smith and Robert Smith, and Mathias Collins and Jennifer Mallette. He also leaves his grandsons, Ellis Collins, Timothy Smith, Patrick Smith, Lincoln Collins, Nathanial Jermain, Colin Jermain, and Aaron Jermain.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 30 at 10 a. m. at St. Michaels Chapel on the Soldier’s Home Campus, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Lynn Family and Children’s Services at 111 North Common St., Lynn, MA 01902.
Published on  January 26, 2016
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