David Collins, 80, formerly of Lowville

LOWVILLE, NY — David Collins, 80, formerly of West Road, Lowville, passed away Wednesday morning, Oct. 17, 2018, at the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility, where he had resided since Aug. 10, 2015.

A funeral Mass will be said 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at St. Peters Catholic Church with Rev. Jay Seymour, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Martinsburg Cemetery.  There are no calling hours. Everyone is welcome to join the family for a luncheon at St. Peter’s Church Fellowship Hall immediately following the burial.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Christina; 10 children and their spouses, Michael and Theresa Collins, Syracuse, Mary and Jose Interiano, Croghan, Brigid and Thomas Fayle, Lowville, David Collins, Albany, William and Jaznia Collins, Forest Hills, James Collins, Lowville, Danny and Katie Collins, Buffalo, John and Sammy Collins, Rome, Kathleen and David Orth, Eaton, Lymen Mecca Collins and Angel Rounds, Port Leyden; 20 grandchildren; a sister, Kathleen Collins, Riverdale, NY;  nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Daniel and William Collins.

David was born Oct. 7, 1938, in Spanish Harlem, NY, of immigrant parents, William and Bridie Donaghue Collins and attended St. Raymond’s Catholic School in the Bronx. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served until his honorable discharge in November, 1961.

He worked for the New York State Thuruway Authority for 20 years as a bridge painter on the Tappan Zee Bridge, when he met his future wife.

On Nov. 19, 1966, he married Christina Noonan at Our Lady of Angel’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn, NY with Father Phillips, officiating. The couple farmed in Middletown, NY for eight years and then moved to the farm on the West Road in Lowville in 1987.  Together, with his wife, owned and operated the dairy farm until his retirement in 2002.

David was a communicant of St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

His passion was Irish Traditional Music, his family and farming.

The Collins family would like to thank the staff of the fourth floor at Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility for their loving care and kindness shown to David during his stay at the nursing home.

Condolences may be made online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com.