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Richard S. "Dick" Collins
EAST CORINTH - Richard "Dick" S. Collins, 70, beloved husband for 28 years of Marilyn (McManus) Collins, died peacefully April 6, 2012, at his home while holding his wife's hand. Richard was born Oct. 8, 1941, in Bangor, the oldest son of Clifton H. Collins and Charlotte (Isrealson) Collins. Dick lived all his life on Collins Corner, East Corinth, except for his eight years of service in the Army Reserves.

Dick was a founding member of Corinth Historical Society, a 33-year member of the Piscataquis Valley Fair and supported the Maine Antique Power Association, Power Line Prowlers snowmobile club, Dusters Antique Car Club, the Jaycees, Maine Antique Tractor Club, West Corinth Community Club, and judged antique fire equipment for the Maine State Federation of Fire Fighters at their annual convention for more than 20 years.

Dick had a great sense of humor and was as quick with a joke as he was with a helping hand. His friends will miss his unique and sometimes inappropriate sense of humor.

He made friends wherever he went and will long be remembered through countless stories his family and friends will share. Dick's careers ranged from a heavy equipment mechanic for New England Telephone and Telegraph, retiring at age 50, to running his own successful businesses. These included starting the first trash removal service in East Corinth with a 1947 Ford in the early '60s, running his own garage repairing vehicles, restoring tractors and antique engines, machining his own engine parts, repairing electric trains, and starting Collins Corner Towing with Marilyn. He always tried to do the right thing and did his best at every job.

He was the neighborhood fix-it guy and never met a machine he couldn't repair. He loved his family unconditionally and worked hard to provide for them. He leaves a large circle of friends. A true gentleman, he held the door open for ladies.

As a husband, he was not only loving but a best friend. He was an animal lover and rescuer all his life, saving countless dogs, cats, horses and even a donkey.

In addition to his wife, Marilyn, Dick is survived by his daughters, Cassandra Lindsay and her husband, Dan, and daughter, Mikayla, of Bangor, Michele Collins and her friend, Jason, of Old Town and her children, Joshua and Sarah; Marilyn's children, whom he considered his own, Katrina Main of Patten and her sons, Aaron and Matt, D'arcy Main-Boyington and her husband, Daryl, and son, Jed, of Hampden and Richard Main and his wife, Ivonne, of Acatlipa, Mexico; brother, Ralph Collins and wife, Judy, of Corinth, their daughters and families; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard and Pauline McManus of Patten; brother-in-law, Brian McManus of Orono; sister-in-law, Anne McManus-Grant of Owego, N.Y., and their families; very close friends, Mike Laforge and wife, Heidi, of Hermon and Joe Guyotte of Dover-Foxcroft; two brothers in heart, Monty Rowe and wife, Estelle, and family of East Corinth, and Dick's best friend since kindergarten, Norman Patterson, Diane and family of East Corinth; and all of Dick and Marilyn's extended families.

Dick's family thanks Dr. Sigrid Berg, Dr. John Vanadia, the caring staff at St. Joseph Hospital's Infusion Therapy Clinic, and the wonderful caregivers from St. Joseph Hospice, as well as their Ridge Road neighbors whose kindness was endless.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. After the service the family invites friends and relatives to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor.

Those wishing to remember Dick may make gifts in his name to St. Joseph Hospice, 900 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401 or an animal rescue of your choice. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.

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