Paul L. Collins
May 10, 1963 – June 4, 2018
Paul L. Collins, 55, of Waltham, Mass., died June 4, 2018 at the Care Dimensions Hospice House after a 7 year battle with colon cancer. He was born in Manchester, NH on May 10, 1963 the son of Laurence and Marilyn (Despencer) Colllins. He was educated in the local school system and was a graduate of Trinity High School where he served as class valedictorian. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science Degree Magna Cum Laude in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University.
Paul worked in high tech his entire career and retired from Synopsys, Inc. in 2015. He took an early interest in jigsaw puzzles and chess. Paul loved the outdoors and was an avid skier, hiker and bicyclist. He was also a talented landscape painter. He enjoyed getting together with family and friends and will be fondly remembered as a loving and dedicated husband son, brother, uncle and friend.
He was predeceased by his father Laurence Collins in 2001.
Members of his family in include his wife of 13 years Amy Kazakoff of Waltham, Mass., his mother Marilyn Collins of Manchester his brothers David Collins of Manchester, Kevin Collins and his wife Kathryn of Hooksett, Christopher Collins of Raymond and Jonathan Collins of Colorado Springs, Co., his sisters Margaret Baker and her husband George and Kathryn Barnett all of Manchester as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation was held on Thursday June 14 from 4 to 7 pm at the McHugh Funeral Home 283 Hanover St. corner of Beech St. in Manchester. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday June 15 at 10 am in St. Joseph Cathedral Chapel 145 Lowell St Manchester. Urn burial will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in Paul’s name be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 450 Brookline Ave. Boston, MA 02215 or to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance 1025 Vermont Ave. NW Suite 1066 Washington, DC 20005.
- Visitation Thursday, June 14, 2018
- Mass of Christian Burial Friday, June 15, 2018
Paul L. Collins
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Suzanne Laite Palmer
June 14, 2018
Paul was love, kindness and joy... he made the world a brighter, happier place! The memories we take forward of him will bring a smile even while our heart has been shattered by his loss! Thank you Amy for finding such an amazing individual to share your world, we are all the better for knowing him! Now the hard part, moving forward with just our memories. Amy, we are here if you need us and will hold you and cry with you! 💖
Forever in our hearts, we love you Paul!
June 11, 2018
I have so many wonderful memories of time shared with Paul and Amy. But, it's not so much that one particular moment stands out in stark relief. That wasn't really Paul's style. My memories all blend into a sense of Paul as a solid person who greatly enjoyed life and the company of his friends but in an understated way. Paul wasn't one to make everything about himself. He was a real gentleman in that way. He simply lifted the energy of the room and everyone in it. I remember many moments filled with warm and fun conversation, intellectual conversations about the happenings in the world, witty humor, games and fun. And his face beaming when we would refer to some past experience that was now a favorite joke to tell anew. He really delighted in that. Paul, you brought a life out in Amy and in all of us that we didn't even know we had. You will live forever in our hearts and minds and wherever and whenever we remember to enjoy our lives and each other's company.
June 7, 2018
Amy, all of our love and prayers and thoughts are with you. What a privilege it has been to know Paul since freshman year of high school. What a privilege to have spent so many happy times with the two of you over the past 17 years. Helen and I will be there for you whenever you need us.