John M.
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TEWKSBURY - John died at Westford House Oct. 8, at age 79. Son of the late William F. and Marie (Fitzmaurice) Collins. He was father of Karen Marie Collins and her partner Eric Gorby of Hudson, N.H.; brother of Robert A. Collins of Freemont, N.H.; sisters Eleanor Rider of Brockton, Mass., Barbara Lamoureux of Tewksbury and the late Marie Perry and Lee Ann Lane; brother-in-law of Athene Collins of Pleasanton, Calif., who was the wife of his late brother William P. Collins; step-grandfather of Adam Gorby and Shauna Gorby, both of Hudson, N.H.; uncle of many.

Visiting hours Friday, October 11, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Tewksbury Funeral Home, corner of 1 Dewey and 975 Main Sts. (Route 38), Tewksbury Center, (978 or 800 in Mass.) 851-2950. His funeral will begin Saturday, October 12, at 9 a.m., from the Funeral Home, followed by a Funeral Mass Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. William's Church, 1351 Main St. (Route 38), Tewksbury. Burial with USMC honors will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, No. Tewksbury. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-1942, or visit For complete obituary, visit
Published on October 9, 2019


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Len Johnson, Woodbury, CT
Oct 11, 2019
I have nothing but fond memories of Jack and our days as kids on Dunlap St in Salem.
Jack was a really nice kid, but he did get me into trouble on two occasions. He abetted my playing hooky in first grade when he convinced me that playing with his pedal car was a better option than going to school. My mother spotted me later in the morning and I was under house arrest for some time after that. Then, when we were older, he had the bright idea of attaching a piece of linoleum to the clothesline behind his house as a target for our bow and arrow. My arrow sailed past the target and through a window. My dad got to do the repair job and I got to apologize to Mr. Collins. In between those unpleas
...ant events were countless games of baseball, basketball, football, and hockey games in the vacant lot on Dunlap St, in the street itself, or at Mack Park. Jack’s brother, Bobby joined us in many of those games. What fun times we had and Jack will always be a part of those great memories.
My deepest sympathy to Jack’s family.
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John B. Lojko (Jack)
Oct 11, 2019
We grew up together on Dunlap Street along with a great bunch of young boys growing up in the late 40's and early 50's. Played sports at Mack Park, on the street in between busses and cars passing through and in Lenny Johnson's vacant lot.

Fleece ball on the street was particularly popular with designated man hole covers or car bumpers as bases. In the winter we would sled in Lenny's vacant lot and play hockey at Mack Park. Summer was baseball at the park.

Many happy memories. It was a privilege having grown up with the "Hacker". My very sincere condolences to his family.
Oct 08, 2019