Bernard M. Collins, 82, of 224 Maple St., Northfield, Mass., and formerly of Arbovale, passed away Saturday evening, Sept. 28, 2002, at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Mass.
Mr. Collins was born Jan. 30, 1920, in Bartow, a son of the late Cecil and Lona Waybright Collins.
Mr. Collins worked in the area coal mines in West Virginia as a young man and then worked for several years as a fireman for the C&O Railroad. During World War II, he worked in Canton, Ohio, in a drop hammer shop. He worked in later years as a union carpenter throughout. He was a member of the NRA and loved hunting while in Northfield. He was a member of the Erving Evangelical Congregational Church.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Carol Lee Lambert; and one brother, Harold C. Collins.
Surviving are one daughter, Rebecca Nohe of Farmington; ex-son-in-law, Thomas Nohe of New York; five cousins, Rufus Junior Elliot of Bartow, Gretchen Finnemore of Arbovale, Ducie Stone of Norfolk, Va., Paul Collins of Huntington, and Sacca Black of Northfield, Mass., with whom he made his home; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Graveside services will be at the Arbovale Cemetery Wednesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. David Rittenhouse officiating. Interment will follow. Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale is in charge of the arrangements