Robert E. Collins

  • Born: July 16, 1927
  • Died: December 28, 2014
  • Location: New Hampshire

Cate & Johnson Funeral Home

243 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104

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Tel. (603) 625-5777

Tribute & Message From The Family


After a period of declining health and surrounded by his loving family, Robert E. Collins, 87, passed away on December 28th, 2014. He was born in Boston, MA to John B. Collins and Eva (LeBlond) Collins. He resided in Manchester most of his life.

He graduated from Central High School in 1944. As a member of the hockey team, he earned his letter in hockey. He also participated in many of the Gilbert & Sullivan Operettas, which were put on by Central’s Music Dept. each year.

He started college at Suffolk University in Boston, MA but transferred to UNH in his second semester. In May of 1945, he joined the Marines. He remained in the Marines after WWII ended to finish his tour of duty.

He then returned to UNH. In his junior and senior years, he was Business Manager of the UNH yearbook “GRANITE.” He was a member of the Phi Mu Delta Fraternity. Through one of his fraternity brothers, Robert Langelier, het met the “Love of his Life,” Lorraine (Langelier) Collins. They were married in May of 1958.

Upon graduation in 1950, he began his career in insurance with National Life of Vermont. Later, he joined John Hancock Insurance Co. where he retired after 33 years of service. During his career, he became a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish and volunteered in St. Martha’s Guild. He also belonged to the Legion of 1000 Men at the Precious Blood Monastery in Manchester.

His interests were many. He loved to read, particularly about U.S. history. He also enjoyed gardening, ice skating, swimming, hiking, and traveling. He climbed Mt. Washington several times, the last of which was on his 70th birthday. He loved skiing and continued cross country skiing until age 83. One of his favorite spots in NH was Bear Island on Lake Winnipesaukee where he and his family vacationed for many years. Traveling was also one of his hobbies. He and his wife visited many parts of the U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii. They traveled to Bermuda, the Bahamas, and Puerto Rico. They also visited many parts of Canada from Prince Edward Island to Vancouver; however, Quebec City was always his favorite. On their 50th Anniversary, they traveled to Europe and cruised on the Danube River.

Most of all, his great love for his family was unconditional. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lorraine (Langelier) Collins of Bedford; a son Bruce and his wife, Lisa; granddaughter Amelia Collins; sisters-in-law, Doris Langelier of Manchester and Carmen Langelier of Concord, CA. His nephews include Marc Langelier and his wife Deb of N. Brandford, CT; David Langelier and his wife, Kelly, of Pioneer, CA; James Langelier and his wife, Corrie, of Danville, CA; and one niece, Ann Patton and her husband, Roland, of Concord, CA. His cousins include Pat Bournival of Peoria, AZ and Kathy Manzi and her husband, Joe, of Goodyear, AZ; also a godson, Martin Smith, of Topsfield, MA.

The family wishes to thank the entire staff at the Hanover Hill Health Care Center for the outstanding care that was given to their loved one and for the comfort and support extended to them during this difficult time.

Calling hours will be Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Cate & Johnson Funeral Home, 573 Pine Street, corner of Harrison Street in Manchester.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Bedford, NH. Burial will follow at St. Augustine Cemetery in Manchester.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Elizabeth Seton Church Building Fund, 190 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford, NH 03110 or to The Sisters of the Precious Blood, 700 Bridge Street, Manchester, NH 03104 or to an organization of your choice.

Cate & Johnson Funeral Service of Manchester is directing arrangements.

Family and friends may visit CateJohnson.com.­­­­­­