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Brian M. Collins

November 4, 1947 ~ June 28, 2020 (age 72)


Brian M. Collins, 72, of Saint Joseph, MI and formerly of Chicago, IL passed away Sunday, June 28, 2020 in Mishawaka, IN. He was born November 4, 1947 in Chicago to the late Jack and Rita Collins.  On August 1, 2004, he married Patti Ann (Littlefield) Collins, who survives in Saint Joseph, MI. 

In addition to his wife, Brian is survived by his brothers, Anthony (Jane) Collins of Chesterton, IN and Michael Collins of Chicago, IL; and many nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his sister, Anne Greany; and two brothers, Philip Collins and Kevin Collins.

Brian worked as a criminal defense attorney for over 30 years while living in Chicago.  He was a member of the Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity and enjoyed scuba diving, hunting, spending time at his summer home in Michigan and travelling.  Brian had a zest for life, and his adventures in scuba diving and hunting large, exotic game took him all over the world.  He had a love of sailing on his boat “Ropes of Maui” while listening to Jimmy Buffet, Bob Marley and The Beach Boys. 

Due to the current restrictions on gatherings, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Inurnment will take place at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Chicago, IL.  Palmer Funeral Homes-Hickey Chapel and Southlawn Cremation Services are assisting the family with arrangements.

Contributions in memory of Brian may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC, 20090-6011.

Online condolences can be sent to the Collins family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com.

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Celebration of Life to be held at a later date


Alzheimer's Association (national)
P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011
Tel: 1-800-272-3900
Web: http://www.alz.org

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