William John Collins, (Billy), 76, of Vero Beach , FL recently passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born in Syracuse, NY, graduated from East Syracuse High School in 1961, where he played baseball, football and basketball. He was voted “Class Clown” and carried that humor into his life, entertaining his friends and family throughout the years with his quick wit.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1963 through 1966 and was proud of his service. In his later years, Billy also was active in the Salvation Army, serving on the Board of Directors, in Vero Beach. He moved to Miami, Florida permanently in 1980 and later settled in Kendall Lakes, where he raised his family. He began his career as a salesman, working for Campbell Soup Company and Proctor and Gamble among others and later, as a partner in a food brokerage company until his retirement. Thereafter, he moved up the coast, and his entrepreneurial spirit resulted in becoming a boat captain, and co -owner of both an ice cream shop and coffee shop.
Billy is survived by his former spouse, Caroline Collins; two sons, Timothy Scott Collins (Leydiana) of Vero Beach and Shawn Michael ( Beth) Collins of Pacific Palisades, CA; and four grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, John (Gerri) Powers and Timothy (Kathy) Collins; and a niece and several nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Robert Luby Collins, Dora Keysor Powers and Durward (Doc) Powers. Bill was blessed with many friendships from his hometown and throughout his life. Most especially, among his most loyal supporters in Florida has been his dear friend, Harold Turk, who deserves a debt of gratitude.
Billy will be remembered for his wit, his mischievous and captivating smile, his entrepreneurial and adventurous spirit and his fierce loyalty to his family and friends.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 27th, 2020 11:00 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery for close family and friends.
Donations may be made to the Salvation Army in his memory.
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