Howard Jay Collins, 92, passed away peacefully at Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport on December 17, 2017. Born at home in the Town of Hartland, he was the son of the late Roland and Helen (nee Whitmore) Collins.
Howard loved playing cards, betting on the horses, going to the Casino, and scratch off tickets. He had a green thumb and was proud of his flowers and loved to garden. Howard served honorably in General Pattons 3rd Armored Division of the Army during World War 2. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was one of the first troops to free the Concentration Camp Buchenwald Germany. After the war, Howard met the love of his life, Shirley (nee Hartner). Together Howard and Shirley had 5 children.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 58 years, Shirley, son - Kenneth (Linda) Collins, daughter - Karen Mensch, grandson - Nathan Graham, his brothers - La Verne, John, Robert, and sister, Eileen.
Howard is survived by a brother, Donald Collins, his children Debra (late Richard) Graham, Janice (Joe) Collins, and Timothy (Kelly) Collins. Howard was a proud Grandfather to 11 and Great-Grandfather to 10. He will be dearly missed by numerous extended family and friends.
Published on December 17, 2017