OBITUARY

Gregory W. Collins

October 15, 1949February 13, 2021

Gregory W. Collins, 71, of Plymouth, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 13, 2021. Greg was born on October 15, 1949 in Detroit to Vince and Liz (nee: Toepfer) Collins. Greg was the youngest of their three sons. He graduated from Cody High School in 1967 and attended Ferris State University. Upon completing his first Associates Degree he went into the U.S. Army and was stationed in Texas. After his honorable discharge, Greg re-entered Ferris State University and received a second Associates Degree in Drafting. That led to his 30 year career with Ford Motor Company in Body Design in the Pre-Program Department. He retired from Ford in 2008. Greg joined Detroit Biomedical part-time and maintained their vehicle fleet until 2019.

In 1976 Greg met his future wife, Cheryl Johnston, at Michigan State University. They married on June 2, 1979 at North Congregational Church in Southfield. Later they added their sons Chris in 1985 and Trevor in 1991 to the family. When not working Greg enjoyed time in his garage, golfing, playing softball for the Mighty Cyclones in the Ford League, and volleyball. A favorite destination was the family cottage in Grayling for snowmobiling, downhill skiing, riding dirt bikes, and tubing on Lake Margarethe. When golfing he always drove to the course in his prized ’66 Mustang convertible. Another highlight of each summer was the Theta Alpha Sigma Fraternity Canoe trip on the Pine River.

In addition to his loving wife of 41 years sons, Cheryl; Greg is survived by his sons, Chris (Kathy Harms), and Trevor (Tasha Gobin); brothers, Vince (Helen Gilbert) Collins, and John (Maura) Collins; brother-in-law, Bob (Kirsten) Johnston; nephews, Colin, Matthew, Brendan, and Michael; nieces, Brittany (Mike) Luck, and Lauren (Steve) McNeill.

Due to Covid-19 attendance restrictions, a private memorial service will be held Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. You may join the service remotely at the FaceBook page of Northville Christian Assembly.

Memorials in memory of Greg may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 3 International Drive, Suite 200; Rye Brook, NY 10573 (888) 557-7177 (www.lls.org).

Please share a memory of Greg or condolences with his family at his online guest book below.

Services

  • Private Memorial Service LiveStreamed on FaceBook at Northville Christian Assembly

    Saturday, February 27, 2021

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Mike Parsons

February 27, 2021

Greg was a charter member of the Sciclone/Fliers softball team when we joined the teams. He, along with Tom Hathaway, is the player I have played with the longest. He was an intense competitor and a great team mate. No matter what happened on the field, he was always there to have a cold one with the team in the parking lot after. He loved to play, always upbeat and happy after. It will not seem like summer without Greg (and the Mustang) there. We will all miss him, and I especially.

John Chupek

February 26, 2021

So sorry to hear of Greg's passing. I attended Ferris State, with Greg, and remember him as a good man that liked to serve. He taught me how to serve, while in Theta Alpha Sigma, and how to have a great time doing so. Rest in peace brother.

Chris Mack

February 22, 2021

I played with Greg on the Sciclone Fliers team over the last ten plus years or so. Greg was a fiery competitor, that always gave it his all on the diamond. He will be missed.

David Stickles

February 21, 2021

My prayers to the family, may the good memories and love he leaves behind fill the void in your hearts. I attended Ferris State during Greg's 2nd time there. I am also a Fraternity Brother of his with Theta Alpha Sigma. Greg often attended our Winter Rabbit hunts, and our Summer canoe trips down the Pine. He always helped kept things lively and added some humor often. He will be missed at our canoe trip, but we know he will be there with us in spirit. We will keep him in our memories.

Tom Hathaway

February 21, 2021

So very shocked and saddened to hear of Greg's passing. I first met Greg in 1995 when he joined my Ford League Softball team, at that time known as the Fliers. In 2000 the Fliers merged with another Ford League team, a team originally made up of people from the Sci-Lab, and became the Sciclone Fliers, . Although the Ford League has been disbanded due to the sale of Rotunda Fields, the team still continues to play in the Dearborn Recreation League.

No matter how bad the weather was in April when we held "spring training" practices, we knew we could always count on Greg to be there and for just about every game.

He was a great team mate, with a great sense of humor and well liked by everyone on the team.

He will be sorely missed.

Don Ratzel

February 20, 2021

Being in the Ford league for 2 yrs. It seemed Greg and I golfed golfed together a lot. Be a 10 or 9 draw. LOL. Helped me a lot learning the course and his helpful suggestions. We were able to laugh at some of our terrible shots. I will miss golfing with him. Hit um where they lie and hit um straight. Might not be any, water, woods or sand traps, where you are playing. RI P

Curtis Green

February 18, 2021

Knowing Greg for 50 years plus, we have a ton of memories from friendship and fraternity brothers. Going to miss you. RIP my brother.

Jeff and Theresa Flynn

February 18, 2021

Good bye dear friend. Greg was such a wonderful friend all throughout these many years. I enjoyed all of those wonderful golfing/canoeing trips. We had a blast. Many wonderful memories! Always enjoyed when Greg could join me golfing. Greg was always there to offer a helping hand. We are blessed in life when we have good friends. You will be dearly missed! Thoughts and prayers are with the Collins Family. Love, Jeff and Theresa Flynn

Gary Dexter

February 18, 2021

Greg & I are Fraternity Brothers of Theta Alpha Sigma at Ferris State University. I will always remember his great smile, especially during our annual Canoe trip on the Pine River. He also regularly attended our winter gathering at Ma Deeters in Luzurne. We will miss you, Greg, R.I.P.

Philip Crookshank

February 18, 2021

Sincere condolences to Greg Collins family, as everyone says, he was the most smiling guy I knew. I knew Greg from Ferris - actually I was 5 years ahead of Greg, but we both grew into more than "just" college kids by association with the Theta Alpha Sigma fraternity that was started when I was a student there. The focus of the frat was "Service To All" - at Ferris, service to other students, the teaching staff, our Deans, the college at large, and Big Rapids seniors that needed help with chores.
Greg was well known for attending our yearly canoe trip down the Pine River (57 consecutive years) - 30 miles North of Big Rapids. Greg would zoom up with his friend Jeff, set up his tent, socialize into the night, jump up in the morning to go golfing with our members that liked golfing best, then join in the canoeing Saturday and Sunday. Such good times, Rain or Shine - Greg will always be remembered as the most fashionable canoe, flying a large Pirate flag on the rear, laughing through the whole day.
Wonderful memories, we will all be telling fun stories around the campfire of Greg, and our great times together, again this June.

FROM THE FAMILY