Green Acres Mortuary & Cemetery

401 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ


Richard Ronald Collins

16 décembre , 19563 décembre , 2019

Rich, or as many knew him, Chooch will be remembered for his ability to put a smile on everyone’s face.

Without trying, he would take over a room with his unmatched wit, smarts, stories and humor. He was a man’s man who loved the outdoors, fishing, sailing and traveling. He was also incredibly imaginative and creative with a love of music and art. He was undoubtedly the most interesting man in the world. Chooch will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

Rich was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Collins; father, Jim Collins; mother, Betty Collins; brothers, Michael, Marty, and Jimmy Collins. He is survived by his brother, Kent Collins and wife Mary Lynn; sister, Elizabeth Collins; sister-in-law, Beverly Collins; nephews, Justin, Danny, Gregory, Adam, and Jimmy; nieces, Jessica, Michelle, and Sara; great nephews, Liam, Tommy, Aiden and Colin; great nieces, Michaela, Kentlee and Collins; countless other relatives and his amazing friends.

The Collins family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Rich’s honor to the Phoenix Art Museum’s Children Education Program.


  • Memorial Service lundi, 16 décembre , 2019


Richard Ronald Collins


Nancy Schmidt

16 décembre , 2019

I knew Choo Choo all through my high school years and remained friends into our40's! I last saw Chooch in Arizona when I visited him with a friend in 2004. He hadn't changed a bit...happy, kind, fun! I will cherish the many adventures we went on his motorcycle, spending weekends at Herb and Marcia's cabin, concerts, listening to Little Feat and Kansas and Frank Zappa! His Mom Betty was a special lady who spent lots of time with Choo Choo and his buddies. Even though we lost contact the last 10 years my heart is heavy with his loss...rest in peace dear Chooch. You were a blessing and I'm glad I was graced with your friendship

Katie Moriarity - Rubin

16 décembre , 2019

What an incredible space Choo Choo has left on and in my/our hearts. He indeed was a uniquely special man. Light and playful, intense and focused. An adventures spirit, whether my land sea or sky. Who in the world took to a biplane some 4o years ago?... we know the answer to that one!
His presence is easily summoned and the felt sense of him... beautiful.
When I thought of him today... and that crazy biplane with him in it charging down the hill to lift in flight, The Little Prince came to mind
. “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” “All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.”
R.R.C. Always remembered. 💜

Michael Katchur

11 décembre , 2019

To one of the founding members of the Arizona Unemployment Club, circa 1983.

Our motto: "Where everyday is an adventure and every evening will be a hazy memory!"

In life, if you meet a handful of friends who always have your back, never crossed you and will tell you things you need to hear, you are blessed. Choo Choo was one of those for me. I miss you already brotherman, but I am sure I will see you again and will pick up right where we left off, except this time we party for the rest of the night!

Stephen Nute

9 décembre , 2019

We sent a couple of photos from a 2016 sea kayak trip to Mexico.
Not everyone knows this, but Chooch was an official, card-carrying member of the “Fatboys” ... we were proud to have him. You knew you were gonna have some laughs when Choo ... (I mean Richard) was on the trip.
We love ya, amigo

Stephen Nute

9 décembre , 2019

Stephen Nute

9 décembre , 2019

Connie Bongiorni

4 décembre , 2019

My heart goes out to Beth, Kent, and family.