Dr. John Augustine Collins, Jr. passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at his home following a brief illness.
He leaves his wife of 51 years, Sharon (Repoza) Collins; his children, Michelle and her husband Nathan Miller of Blackstone, MA and her 2 daughters, Christopher and his wife Sara Collins of Bluebell, PA and his 3 daughters and 2 sons, Brian and his wife Patricia Collins of Columbus, OH and his 8 daughters and 2 sons, Keith and his wife Jentry Collins of Dallas, TX and his 2 daughters and son and her son, and Jason and his wife Jennifer Collins of Ashburn, VA and his three daughters and two sons; a brother, Dr. Thomas J. Collins of Pittsford, New York; 3 great-grandchildren; 3 nieces and 1 nephew; and many close friends. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert G. Collins.
Born and raised in Staten Island, New York, the son of John and Ella (Colgan) Collins, he was a resident of Mendon for over 40 years.
He attended Providence College, where he met Sharon while she was attending nursing school, graduating in 1965. They were married in 1966 while he was attending dental school at Georgetown University. After graduating from Georgetown in 1969, earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and being inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society, he served as a commissioned officer in the Public Health Service completing an internship and residency in Baltimore before being stationed in Boston. After the completion of his service with the rank of Lt. Commander, Dr. Collins established his dental practice in Bellingham, serving the community for over 40 years before retiring in 2013.
He not only took pride in his family, his patients, and his friends but most of all relished his time traveling. He loved to escape to the White Mountains in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire and traveling throughout the United States and Europe with Sharon. No matter where they travelled, he always welcomed the return home to spend time with his children and grandchildren. His biggest passions included cheering on his grandchildren at their events, the Boston Red Sox, and the University of Notre Dame. He will be missed but his faith, humor, and compassion for others will be carried on by his friends and family.
Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday January 24, 2018 from 4 - 7 PM in the BUMA-SARGEANT FUNERAL HOME, 42 Congress St., Milford, MA.
Funeral services will be Thursday January 25, 2018 at 9 AM from the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 AM in St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish, 151 Mendon St., Upton, MA.
Burial with will follow at Swan Dale Cemetery, Hartford Ave., Mendon.
Memorial donations may be made to Salmon VNA & Hospice Care, 37 Birch St., Milford, MA 01757 and to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284. www.bumafuneralhome.com