Joseph Collins

Joseph A. Collins

Monday, May 2nd, 1932 - Saturday, January 4th, 2020
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Joseph A. Collins peacefully entered into eternal life on January 4, 2020 at his home in Thornwood.
Joe was born in White Plains in 1932 and raised in Valhalla by his parents, Patrick and Mary, along with his brother, Patrick John, who predeceased him. Joe attended St. John the Evangelist grammar school in White Plains and was a member of the last graduating class of boys from St. John’s High School in 1950. He married Peggy Flatley of County Mayo, Ireland, in 1956.
An aircraft mechanic by training, Joe worked at the Westchester County Airport for General Electric and other companies for almost two decades. In 1973, he left aviation and opened a Carvel ice cream store in Thornwood and two years later purchased a Carvel store in Armonk, later relaunching it as Collins Ice Cream. In the 1980s, Joe became a developer of residential properties and built houses in Thornwood and Hawthorne.
Joe was a volunteer chaplain and Eucharistic Minister at Westchester Medical Center and Phelps Memorial Hospital in the 1990s and 2000s. He also was a staunch advocate for the sanctity of human life at all its stages, a devoted member of the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, and a sidewalk counselor for alternatives to abortion. A friend of Bill W since 1984 and a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, he had many valued friends throughout Westchester.
He is survived by his children, Mary Moran (Robert) of Boston, Elizabeth Collins (Kevin) of Yonkers, Patrick Collins (Denise) of Brooklyn, Joan O'Keefe (Daniel) of Raleigh, NC, Margaret Collins of New Jersey, Joseph Collins (Andrea) of Solihull, UK, and Michael Collins (Justine) of Pleasantville, as well as fourteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at Beecher and Flooks Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Innocents Church, Pleasantville, NY. Joe will be laid to rest at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Expectant Mother Care/Frontline, .
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Beecher Flooks Funeral Home
    418 Bedford Road
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  • Service

    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 | 9:30am
    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 9:30am
    Holy Innocents R.C. Church
    431 Bedford Road
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  • Interment

    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 | 11:30am
    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 11:30am
    Gate of Heaven Cemetery
    10 West Stevens Avenue
    Hawthorne (New York, United St, NY 10532
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Michael Flatley

Posted at 12:36pm
Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Mary, Bob and Family

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Love forever.
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Our sincere condolences for your loss. With deepest sympathy to you all. We will remember Uncle Joe fondly. Love, Mariah and Michael Roda
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