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BEVERLY - Mr. Robert P. Collins, age 90, of Beverly, (formerly of Weymouth and Topsfield), beloved husband of the late Ruth (Crowley) Collins, died Friday, February 23, 2018, at Beverly Hospital.
Born in Boston, he was the son of the late James and Margaret Collins. He was raised and educated in Boston and was a graduate of English High School. Robert continued his education, receiving his Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Education from Boston College.
An honorably discharged veteran, Mr. Collins proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
A lifelong educator, Robert began his career as a high school mathematics teacher for the Boston Public Schools, where he enjoyed his daily interactions with his students and passing on his passion for learning. He later worked as a Grant Administrator for the City of Boston School Department, but returned to teaching at Boston Latin School for several years until the time of his retirement.
Robert most enjoyed spending summers on Cape Cod at the cottage he built for his family. Many summer days were spent enjoying the beach with his family, his sisters, and nieces and nephews. He was also an avid reader, enjoying books on history, mathematics and computer science, as well as the occasional detective novel.
Surviving Robert is his daughter, Susan Collins and her husband Christopher Pulick of Topsfield; as well as several nieces and nephews. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral Mass will be held in St. Rose of Lima Parish, Park St., Topsfield on Wednesday, February 28, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours in the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (Route 62), Danvers, prior to the funeral from 9 to 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert's memory to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014, www.michaeljfox.org. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
Published on February 26, 2018
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