William E. Collins

William E. Collins

June 12, 1947 – February 20, 2019

Survived by wife, Mary Lou Collins; children: Dan Collins (Jaime), Katie Collins, and Brian Collins; three grandchildren: Madeline, Nicholas, and Elizabeth; sister, Susan Alberry (Donald); brother, Kris Collins (Anne); nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 24th from 2pm to 4pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 4pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, February 25th at 11am, Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, 3405 S. 118th St.  Private Interment.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society or as directed by the family.



  • Debbie DeYoung Posted February 20, 2019 11:09 pm

    Dear Mary Lou and family. I feel like there is a very large hole right now in the Collins/Broich family that will take awhile to adjust to because of Bill’s death. He was just always there, with that little half smile or a little remark to ponder or giggle as a result of! I just wanted to let you know you, Bill and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be.
    Please know I care. Love, Debbie

  • Shirley Simmonds Posted February 21, 2019 9:54 am

    I am so so sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. He has been my neighbor here at the Montclair Professional Center for many, many years. I have come to know Bill over the years and have always enjoyed his sense of humor and his day-to-day comments about just the little things. I will definitely miss him — Thoughts and prayers to all of you — Cherish the memories..

  • Barbara Flick Posted February 21, 2019 1:24 pm

    I never met Bill, but know Brian very well. The fine man Brian is today is the result of the way he was raised. Brian always spoke highly of his Dad. I am very sorry for your loss, the love you shared is still in your hearts. Blessings upon your family. Sincerely, Barbara Flick

  • Mary Redelfs Posted February 24, 2019 1:19 pm

    Brian is a dear, trusted friend of mine for a long time now. He is one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met. Brian says he learned how to be such a good person from his dad, mom, and his family. I feel so very sorry for Brian and the Collins family for losing his dad Bill. I know this is a terrible time for them, full of grief. I just want Brian to know how highly he is thought of by his friends, and by me, and how sorry I am for his great loss. I want Brian to know that time really does heal, and he and his family are in my heart, thoughts, and prayers.
    Love Always, Mary

  • Kevin and Mary Duffy Posted February 24, 2019 8:06 pm

    Brian, we have never met your father, but knowing you, your Dad must have been a very special person. We are so sorry for your loss. May your take comfort in the memories you have of him. We are thinking about you and are so sorry for you loss.

  • Rob French Posted February 28, 2019 7:22 pm

    I can’t begin to convey my feelings of shock and loss upon learning of the passing of my friend, confidant, and CPA (in that order) today…
    I’ve only met Mary Lou over the phone, and have shared time with Jamie several times, and my heart grieves for you and your family.
    While Bill was nothing less than a totally competent CPA for both my family and our businesses, he and I always seemed to spend as much time swapping stories and making each other laugh out loud as we did on the intricacies of tax accounting. I don’t know how you find that and I don’t know how to replace that.
    Bill, I don’t know if you get the internet up there, but thank you… Thank you for seeing me as a friend and confidant FIRST. Thank you for your diligence in all you have done for us.
    I look forward to seeing you on the other side… I know we have more stories and laughs to share.

  • Jim Derby Posted March 5, 2019 5:09 pm

    Bill you were a very good friend and helped me out tremendously, I will miss talking with you. I pray for the best for your family

  • Art and Pat Rodgers Posted March 27, 2019 10:22 am

    We are saddened and shocked at Bill’s passing, so soon after he told us of his retirement and his illness. We have known bill for nearly 40 years, and he was always a gentleman. May God bless the family and may you have peaceful, happy memories of the years you had him. Rest in Peace, Bill, Love, Art and Pat

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