Demaine Funeral Home


Edward Collins

5 February, 195729 July, 2015
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February 5, 1957 – July 29, 2015

Beloved husband of Jean Ann; devoted father of Brendan and William; cherished brother of Jane Richstein (Jonathan) and Robert Collins (Leanne Russell); and also survived by many additional extended family members and friends, passed away on July 29, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Edward Collins and Nancy Jane (Brady) Collins.

Ed was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up there and in Springfield, VA. He was a life member and past Chief and Vice-President of the Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department. For most of his professional life, Ed worked for the Fairfax County Government, most recently as an IT Manager with the Fairfax County Police Department.

Friends welcome for visitation on Tuesday, August 4, from 6-8 pm at Demaine Funeral Home, Springfield, VA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 5, at 10am at the Church of the Nativity, in Burke, VA. Interment to follow at Fairfax Memorial Park. Friends welcome at gathering following interment at Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department Bingo Hall, 7011 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA 22150. The bingo hall is at the intersection of the Franconia-Springfield Parkway and Backlick Road. The entrance is at the south end of the building next to the largest part of the parking lot.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Ed's memory to the American Heart Association.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, 4 August , 2015

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, 5 August , 2015

  • Interment

    Wednesday, 5 August , 2015

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    Wednesday, 5 August , 2015


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Dave Berchtold

12 May 2016

To the Collins Family,

We just found out about the loss of Ed. We knew Ed best through Cub Scouting. We did not know Ed well, but he impressed us with his care and presence at activities for his boys. We will miss him. God Bless and we are forever with you should you need any help.
The Berchtolds (Dave, Sharon (Pohl), Zach, Alex, and Nathan.

Dave Cobb

18 August 2015

Ed and I worked together for many years in the IT Bureau. As much as I appreciated his IT knowledge, I valued his friendship, sense of humor and wonderful outlook on life even more. God's blessing and comfort to Jean Ann, Brendan and Will.

Mitch Filipowicz

10 August 2015

Our condolences to the entire Collins family. Dad and I served with Ed at the GSVFD...Ed always had a warm smile and a hearty laugh as he helped his community...for many, many years. A kind and giving man, he is missed by all. Please find peace and solace in the memories.

Rolland Watenpaugh

7 August 2015

It was sadness that I heard of Ed's passing. It was a pleasure working with Ed for the better part of a decade at the FCPD ITB. My condolence's go out to Ed's family on their loss. Ed will be missed by many.

Jon Sheard

6 August 2015

Was a great boss.

Brenda Allen

5 August 2015

Ed was a wonderful co-worker, and a good man.....So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to comfort your family.

Bill and Linda Bingham

5 August 2015

To Jean Ann and Ed's entire family, we send our deepest condolences. Please know our family is praying for you during this time. We send you love and prayers.

Leslie (Martin) Harper

4 August 2015

I am so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. I graduated with Ed and we were on the yearbook staff together. He was a wonderful photographer! Hoping your memories keep him close at heart and sustain you in the days ahead. God bless!

Rose and Frank Armour

4 August 2015

Dear Jean Ann, Brendan, William and the rest of the family,
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Ed will be missed.

4 August 2015

Jean Ann and family, I am sorry for the passing of Ed, he was such a friendly and dedicated person to all when needed help. He surely will be missed. My prayers goes out to you and your family, May God continue to comfort you in all your ways, and I hope you will find peace within.

Love in Jesus Christ,

Beatrice Chapman, FCPD Employee

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