December 12, 1935 – August 26, 2019
On Monday August 26th, 2019, Charles Michael Collins Jr., passed away at the age of 83 in Cary, North Carolina.
Charles or Charlie, as often called within his inner circle of friends, was born in Yonkers, NY on December 12, 1935. A long-time resident of Middle Village, Queens, Charles was a true New York City enthusiast who sculpted a beautiful life around his passion for literature, art, and film. His first job as a teenager in a local bookstore eventually led him to a career as a Publisher’s Representative, where he worked his way to become co-owner of Como Sales Company working with some of his closest friends.
As a rep, he traveled throughout New England, bouncing from bookstore to bookstore, mingling with unique individuals who shared similar interests, and picking up lifelong friends along the way. Charles’ passion was mirrored in all facets of his life. He was a collector of many things including comics, toys, and unique sculptures, but he was mostly devoted to his collection of rare books and art, in which he was at the top of his field. In addition, he was a writer and editor whose published works include short stories and forwards. A zealous “movie buff”, worldly traveler, music enthusiast, who adored his home of New York City, the night-life, Broadway, and all the many magical things NYC offers, Charles truly lived his passion. As his passion drove his lifestyle, so too did it drive his character. He was kind hearted, incredibly articulate, had a contagious smile; he loved meeting new people, trying new foods, and perhaps the single most aspect that paralleled his passion for books, was his extreme devotion to his family and close friends. He was an incredibly unique man, who reveled in his uniqueness and always wanted to share this with others.
Charles was a true example of the popular phrase that’s been repeated by philosophers and writers, from Confucius to Mark Twain “Choose a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life”. Charles was preceded by his father, Charles Sr., his Mom Teresa, his Aunt Frances and some great friends, too many to mention. He is survived by his two children, Chris and Christine, his grandchildren Trevor, Alyssa, and Cameron and an extended network of family and friends.
Charles’ life will be celebrated at the Apex Funeral Home at 550 W Williams St. Apex, NC 27502 on Thursday August 29th from 4:30-6:30PM.
Charles will also be honored by family and friends at the Leo F. Kearns Funeral Home on Thursday September 5th from 2-4PM and 6-9PM. There will be a funeral mass Friday morning at 9:45AM, September 6th at St. Raphael’s church located at 600 Newbridge Rd, East Meadow, NY 11554.
Funeral Home Information: Apex Funeral Home - (919) 362-8233 550 W Williams St, Apex, NC 27502
Leo F. Kearns Funeral Home - (516) 794-0500 445 E Meadow Ave, East Meadow, NY 11554
Celebration of Life Gathering
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Thursday, August 29, 2019
September 18, 2019
I am so sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather. My father was Don Grant, and my brother and I grew up with Charles visiting us in our home in RI every month or so. Charles was a lovely man, and I know that my father enjoyed their regular dinners enormously. They shared a passion for books, and specifically for the horror genre.
When I grew up and went to work for a publisher, I would see Charles regularly at trade shows, and I came to respect him as the consummate book traveler - he was a pro who represented his publishers well and took good care of his customers.
With deepest sympathies to your family,
Nancy Grant Mahoney
August 29, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Charlies passing. He was a dear fiend, and a marvelous colleague. I too was part of Como Sales, and have so many marvelous recollections of fun times, Charlie was quick witted, happy and friendly and brilliant. I loved hearing him tell a joke. He also shared his knowledge of books with me, which I am forever grateful for.
Rest in Peace my friend.