OBITUARY

Edward P. Collins II

July 18, 1939February 27, 2021

Edward Patrick Collins Jr. II (Ed) was welcomed into the loving arms of our Lord on February 27, 2021. He was born on July 18, 1939 in New York City (Flushing, Queens).

He was a proud American serving in the Naval Air Command VP 28 Hawaiian Warriors (1956-1960). He represented our country while stationed in Barbara’s Point Hawaii and Iwakuni, Japan. He served as an electrician onboard the P2V bomber along with (4) of his lifelong military comrades who were known as the “Big Four” (Fidance, Devocatis, Michaud, Collins.) After his military service, he had a career as an engineer, electrician and in sales for companies in New York and Florida, including Dupont Industries. He was married to the love of his life and high school sweetheart Carol Collins (Czerepinski) for 59 years. Together, they began their lives in Riverhead, New York and moved to Florida in 1969, taking residence in Jupiter/Tequesta. Despite living in Florida for nearly 55 years, Ed always referred to himself as “from New York”. They share three children Anne Marie Collins, Eileen Kluesner (DeWayne), Edward Collins III (Christine) and have seven grandchildren Anthony Taglienti, Michael Taglienti, Ava Taglienti, Brianna Baxter, Daniella Kluesner, Casey Collins and Taylor Collins.

He is predeceased in death by his father, Edward Patrick Collins, his mother, Bridget Collins (Harte) and is survived by his sister Barbara Leahy (James).

Ed was of Irish heritage and had an incredible sense of humor and sarcasm. He maintained a lifelong bond with his childhood friend Joe Sassone. He loved the University of Florida and the Florida Gators. He enjoyed gathering with families and friends and will be remembered as the ‘life of the party’ by those who knew him well and even those who met him once. He was an avid golfer and passionate about the game. He played golf nearly every week of his adult life at area golf courses. He was a faithful Catholic, attending mass daily at St. Jude Catholic Parish in Tequesta, Florida. He was loved by everyone who ever met him. He was a generous, loving father, a devoted husband and remarkable grandfather.

“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains shine soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”

Services

16 April

Memorial Mass

10:00 am

St. Jude Catholic Church

204 US-1
Tequesta, FL 33469

16 April

Committal Service following Mass

Riverside Memorial Park

19351 SE County Line Road
Tequesta, FL 33469

Memories

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Lynne Soears

March 13, 2021

My husband, Rudy, and I I met Ed and Carol while walking our dogs in the neighborhood. We discovered that we had been to Cursillo and we had been to Emmaus, Christian weekends for learning of the love of God. Ed was funny and loved being Irish. We miss you, Ed. Lynne

Anne Collins

March 3, 2021

Our Dad was the best Dad ever! He was the first one with a joke and always had a smile on his face. Go Gators forever Dad! We love you and miss you. Heaven is a more beautiful place with you there ! I will always pray for you and everyone up in heaven with you. We know you heard what we said at the viewing - hoping you and Aunt Mary are really laughing at that. Love to all of the Collins, Harte, Czerepinski clan in heaven. Now it is really a fun place! My dad is the comedian. I can't wait to be with you again...until then my prayers and love always. Keep them laughing Dad!

Eileen Collins Kluesner

March 2, 2021

My handsome Daddy and my beautiful Mom!

Eileen Collins Kluesner

March 2, 2021

I have a tremendous hole in my heart without you Dad ❤️
You have been there for me in good and bad and never let me forget that you loved me regardless.
I could never ask for a better Dad and I will love you every day until I see you in Heaven!
I LOVE YOU DADDY

Joe Sassone

March 2, 2021

Ed and I met in Sept. 1945 in the 1st. Grade at St. Andrew Avellino, Flushing N Y. We remained classmates and buddies the next 8yrs. He moved when he was 14, I visited him and vacationed at his Riverhead house until we wentinto the service. We chased the girls the whole time, he always won the prize and I'd end up with other one.when he settled down to get married he honored me by choosing me to be his Best Man.. Family life took over and we stayed in touch through the years. In 2001 we became neighbors in Tequesta Fl and we became golf partners , winning a few member -guest tournaments at Tequesta CC and Riverbend. The American Legion became our spot and we enjoyed many a Jamison. I thank Ed and Carol for being my friend for my whole adult life. And I thank Ed for the St. Jude visits and masses we attended together. I will miss him, a Wonderful man and friend.RIP.

Anne Marie (Posting for Joe Sassone)

March 2, 2021

Here is a photo of Joe Sassone and Ed together golfing in Tequesta. Joe sends his condolences. Lifelong friends since childhood.

Casey Collins

March 2, 2021

My grandpa was one of the strongest men I knew. Always making everyone smile. I will always cherish our family dinners. I miss you and I love you so much ! And from one our favorite songs “ God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy”

Anne Collins

March 2, 2021

Tom Czerepinski

March 2, 2021

Earliest memories with Ed include driving with him to take my sister Carol back to Queens to St John’s nursing school on Sunday nights and loading up on White Castle burgers for the trip home.
Also taking him out to play golf with Dan Griffin on Shelter Idland or East Marion golf courses every weekend. That was the start of his amazing golf career and Dan & I had to drag him out every weekend. Great tines

Anne Collins

March 2, 2021

FROM THE FAMILY