Murphy Funeral Homes

1102 West Broad Street, Falls Church, VA


Kevin James Collins

December 20, 1977September 28, 2019

Kevin James Collins, 41, of Falls Church, Virginia, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2019 in Washington D.C. after a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Kevin was born on December 20, 1977 in Detroit, Michigan to Mary Kaselitz and James Collins. He grew up in Grosse Pointe where he attended St. Joan of Arc Catholic School and graduated from Grosse Pointe North High School in 1996. He went on to play football at the University of Maryland and obtain a Bachelors Degree in Communications.

Kevin was a gifted athlete and lover of sports, especially football and baseball. He loved traveling, home-cooked meals, a good party, and spending time with his family and friends. He felt the importance of honoring our veterans and helping those less fortunate. Kevin had a larger than life personality, contagious laugh, and was fiercely loyal.

Kevin is survived by his loving wife, Shafeeza (Alli) Collins and their beloved son, George James.

In addition to Kevin’s wife and son, he is also survived by his father, James Collins and mother and stepfather, Mary and Bruce Kaselitz, mother-in-law, Nazreen Alli, father-in-law, Ayube Alli, brothers; Stephen Collins (Molly), Michael Collins (Erin), Michael Kaselitz (Jill), and Timothy Kaselitz (Liz), Sisters; Carolyn Kaselitz, Kate Price (Adam) and Kristen Kaselitz, sister-in-law, Narema Denoarnie (Ronin), 14 nieces and nephews; Max, Brady, Finn, Tyler, Danny, Riley, Keegan, Juliette, Lucia, Anna, Nicholas, Lucas, Vivienne, and Avi, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and best friends, especially Mike and Nick Aubrey.

A memorial service will be held at the Washington National Cathedral, Bethlehem Chapel in Washington D.C. on October 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Condolences and fond memories may be left at murphyfuneralhomes.com.

A mass to celebrate Kevin's life will be held at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores, Michigan on October 26, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. The family will receive guests at St. Joan of Arc from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the mass.


  • Celebration of Life Thursday, October 10, 2019


Kevin James Collins

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Anita Sandercott

October 11, 2019

Jim, Mary, Bruce and family,
I’m so sad about you loosing Kevin.😥
I know there will be a big void in all your lives. I’m remembering going to see him at your moms right after he was born.
I remember those beautiful blonde curls.
I remember him sitting at the bottom of the stairs for his time outs.☺️
I remember having many fun times and vacations that included him and all our other little guys as they grew up.
I’m keeping all those memories close to my heart and may they live in yours forever.
Love Anita💕😔

Mercedes Hughes

October 9, 2019

I met Kevin at a PMA Function with Shafeeza in 2015 at Sequoia. I could see how happy Shafeeza was. You could see that they were soo in Love, I am truly sorry that he had to depart this life soo soon, but the short time I knew him I saw the Joy that he brought in my friends life! Shafeeza I will always be there for you and George. Love Always ❤🙏🙏🙏

Aliesha Drabinski

October 7, 2019

Shafee, George, and the Collins family,

Mike and I are deeply sadden for the loss of Kevin. We are in mourning with you all! He was a great person and was well loved. He will rejoice in the house of the Lord and smile down upon you all. May God heal your heart in time and may you continue to remember and honor Kevin the way he would want you to.

With love,
Aliesha and Mike

Shafiena Persaud

October 7, 2019

My dearest cousin Shafee I can not begin to imagine What or How you are feeling. I am so sorry that god has taken your Kevin from you but, I pray that kevin finds a beautiful resting place,, , , and that you and george find the strength to live on with all of the wonderful memories that you all made together. My sister I can't tell you why god took kevin , , , but I can tell you that God did put kevin in your life for a reason and it is because you guys were given the opportunity to create your beautiful son George together. Part of Kev will forever live on through Georgie. Shafee I promise you in time you will heal but, your memory and love for kev will always be. I love you my sister, , , , , be strong and allah will protect you and baby george and kevin will be in the beautiful clouds watching down on both always... Our sincere condolences, prayers Loving😥 to the entire family.........My memory with Kevin is how sweet and down to earth he was....I remember the 1st time I meet him he was so nice and loving to me and when we were leaving it was a very cold night and Kevin walked us to our car and guess what He Walk Bare Feet in the cold and i kept on saying your feet will feel cold and he kept on saying no I am ok. He was so Sweet and Loving😥 and he will be greatly missed......Also I used to call Kev A Tall Glass of Milk.

Renee Treska

October 6, 2019

To Mike and the Collins family,
I am truly sorry for your loss. I remember Kevin being so kind and willing to chat with me while waiting for Dave . My brother had more good memories. We are incredibly sorry for your loss. Prayers and strength are with your entire family at this difficult time.

Renée and David Ryszewski

Chantira Smothers

October 4, 2019

Kevin was a real Joy to be around. We were coworkers at C2 Legal in Chicago and Kevin kept us smiling. He use to make some bomb stuffed peppers and mashed sweet potatoes!!! Kevin will forever be in my heart ❤️.

Love Always

Tony Nagel

October 4, 2019

Know of our prayers. Nina & Tony Nagel

George Zanotti

October 3, 2019

I’m so sorry. I remember Kevin well as one of my students at St. Joan of Arc.

Gail O'Neill

October 1, 2019

Mary and Bruce, so sorry to hear about Kevins passing, you both are in our thoughts and prayers. Kevin will live on forever in your hearts.

Joseph McMillan

October 1, 2019

Mary, Bruce and family please accept our condolences for your loss of Kevin. You are all in our prayers and thought during this challenging time.
Joe and Jan McMillan.