John D Collins

December 29, 1938February 10, 2012

NAPLES - John D. Collins, formerly of Londonderry and Atkinson, N.H., and Drakes Island, ME passed away on Friday, February 10, 2012 at Avow Hospice of Naples.

John was born in Lawrence, MA on December 29, 1938. He was educated in the Lawrence School System going on to graduate from Bentley College in Waltham, MA majoring in accounting before beginning his life-long career in finance.

In the course of his business career John served as Sr. Vice-President of Commercial Lending at The Arlington Trust Company in Lawrence, MA; founding Director & Treasurer of First Guaranty Savings Bank of Salem, N.H.; former Director of Andover Bank, Salem, N.H.; former Director of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce of Salem, N.H.; former Trustee and Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, N.H. John also served as Chairman of the Board of Castle College; Director of the United Way of Merrimack Valley; National Director of McDonald’s Licensee’s Computer User Group and Financial Advisor of the Boston Chapter of the Ronald McDonald Children Charities; member of the Board of Directors of The Sisters of Mercy, Windham, N.H; and past Director of the N.H. Association of Commerce & Industry.

In 1971 John joined the Colley & McCoy Management Group of Windham, N.H. (one of the largest McDonald’s franchisees in the country) where he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer until his retirement to Naples in 2003. John was a life-long passionate and generous supporter of many charitable organizations, most especially the Ronald McDonald Children Charities.

John leaves his good friend Pablo Lopez of Naples; his niece Karen (Collins) Given; her husband Robert and their children Daniel and Josh of Salem, N.H. and many friends. John was predeceased by his parents Walter and Alice V. (Bourgault) Collins; his brothers Walter, Jr. and Raymond Collins and his step-father Manuel T. Azevedo. Funeral mass will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 11 A.M. A Gathering of Friends will be held immediately after the service at Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens.

n lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to The Ronald McDonald House, 250 Brackett Street, Portland, ME 04102; or The Sisters of Mercy, Northeast Community, 15 Highland View Road, Cumberland, RI 02864 Attn: Sr. Patricia Sullivan

Arrangements under the direction of Hodges Funeral Home At Naples Memorial Gardens, Naples, FL.


  • Funeral Mass Friday, February 17, 2012
  • Gathering Friday, February 17, 2012

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Cookie Mack

March 9, 2012

Dear Pablo, I am an old friend of John's. I was sorry to hear of his passing. He always made me laugh! I hope you know how much he to meant to those of us at Drakes Island. My heart is with you at this difficult time. Cookie Mack

March 8, 2012

In sympathy, with many memories.

Bill Garvin - Plaistow, NH

February 19, 2012

My dear John,It was a pleasure getting to know you.Even though we were 1600 miles apart i always felt very close to you and Pablo.may you now rest in peace.Jonathan James Meredith n.h.

Archibeque Family

February 19, 2012

We met John only a few times when visiting my brother in Naples, he was so kind to open his home to my family and how sweet he was with my daughter. May he rest in peace now.

February 18, 2012

Johnny........I was privileged to know you, dear friend.and always admired your intelligence,, your sense of homor and your strong faith in God. I will miss seeing you, but know that you are in a better place.. God Speed, dear friend.

Mike bernardo, Hershey, PA

Jimmy Midgett

February 17, 2012

May our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, cradled you in His loving arms and grant to you His eternal peace and may your loved ones find comfort in this knowledge as they walk down that long, dark Road of Grief into the Light. Rest in peace, my friend.

Christopher DiStasio

February 17, 2012

John thanks for being a great friend.You will be sadley missed. Thank you Pablo for being there for John. Rest in peace my friend

February 16, 2012

I only met John a few times on Drakes Island thru my brother and sister-in -law Fred & Margaret Richardson. I talked to him & Pablo by phone and e-mail in Naples.Thank you Pablo, you made him very happy.My prayers are with you. Dorothy Deering (Chickie). Palm bay Fl.

February 16, 2012

John in the name and spirit of the Sisters of Mercy and in my own name as well,thank you for touching our lives so graciously and generously. Your wisdom and expertise shared with great understanding and kindness will always be remembered and we remain ever grateful. May our loving God grant you well-derserved eternal peace. Sr. Pat

February 16, 2012

John D. Collins' legacy of the heart, friendship, and generosity in supporting children and families will live on here at the Ronald McDonald House ... Robin Chibroski, Executive Director