Woodlawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park

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John Joseph Collins

October 14, 1930July 27, 2020

John Collins – born John Joseph Economopoulos on October 14th, 1930, to the late Spiros Economopoulos and the late Elizabeth Krautsak Economopoulos died on July 27th 2020, of cardiac arrest. An honors graduate of the University of Maryland in 1954, a former Air Force Officer during the Korean War, and former Press Secretary of the late Senator William F. Knowland of California, John entered the career civil service in the late 1950s and rose through the ranks to retire as a top executive with the Federal Housing Administration. John was preceded in death by his beloved first wife of 28 years Anne Buckley Collins; his sisters Margaret Barnes, Elizabeth Miller, Helen Collins and Christine Johnson and his brother Nicholas Collins; his brothers-in-law Ray Barnes, Joseph Miller, and Reuben Johnson. He is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years Judy Collins; daughter Dr. Kathleen (James Brooks) Clary-Brooks, son John, Jr. (Lisa) Collins; granddaughter Ashley (Michael, Jr.) Fisher, grandson Travis (Mona) Clary; great grandsons Tyler and Jacob Clary and Michael III and Noah Fisher and his great granddaughter Hope Fisher. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law Carole and Gibby Adkins; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved Shih Tzus, Nimi, Skippy, and Totsi. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Shriners Hospitals for Children, St Jude’s Hospital for Children, the ASPCA, or a charity of your choice.


  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020


John Joseph Collins

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Ginger Macfarlan

August 5, 2020

So sorry for your loss, Aunt Judy. The 43 years you two spent together are an inspiration--I hope you're able to take comfort in the memories you shared while you grieve his loss. Take care.

Luke Macfarlan

July 31, 2020

Uncle John was always very kind and generous to me and my family growing up. I remember him sending me and my siblings cards & gifts on our birthdays every year. I also have fond memories from a trip my family took to visit him and his wife when I was a small child.

Aunt Judy, I am grieving with you. Please let me know if I can support you in any way.

Laura Macfarlan

July 31, 2020

Dear Aunt Judy:
I have such fun memories of visiting you both in Maryland and Orlando. Uncle John always had such a quick wit and funny sense of humor.
Today I'm celebrating your 43 years of marriage and your faithful, loving devotion to the man you loved!
Praying God's peace over you!
Much Love,