David J. Collins, age 79, of Lowell died on Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Anne R. (Hire) Collins, with whom he was married to for 57 years.
He was born in Washington, D.C. on August 30, 1944 and was the son of the late Albina (O’Neill) and Patrick Collins. After high school, David proudly enlisted in the United States Army and went on to serve his country in the Vietnam War. Prior to retiring, he worked as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service for many years.
David cherished his time spent with his wife, family and most importantly his grandkids. He could best be described as your loyal, family man who loved to see everyone happy. David was an avid sports fan and would sit and talk sports with anyone who had an interest.
He loved taking long rides in the car to the beach and mountains, never taking the same route home. He instilled his love of video games to his grandchildren, he was equally excited as they were for each new game that came out. Christmas was his favorite holiday. He always had a Christmas Tree lit in his room and was known for his “Christmas Countdown,” no matter what day in the year it was. He loved music; Motown, Top 40 and most of all the Beatles.
In addition to his wife Anne, David is survived and will be deeply missed by his children, Kristine Lagana and her husband Michael of Hudson, NH and David Collins, Jr. and his wife Kimberly of Lowell; his three grandchildren, Michael, Hannah and Patrick; his sister, Patricia McCarthy; his two best friends, Robert Desmond and Richie Collins; as well as many other family and friends.
He was the father of the late Joseph Collins and brother to the late John, Michael, Dennis, Hannah Mary, Gail, Ellen and Elizabeth.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend David’s Funeral Mass at ST. MICHAEL CHURCH, 12 6th Street, Lowell on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 10 AM. Burial to follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, Lowell. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David’s memory either to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorials Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.