William R. Collins, 80 passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Born on March 9, 1936 in Palmyra, NY, he was a long time area resident and son of the late Eugene T. and Marguerite (Gray) Collins. A graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, William joined the United States Navy, serving in the Sea Bees and in the US Naval reserves, obtaining the rank of Chief upon his discharge. He retired from the New York State Department of Transportation where he worked as a mechanic for many years.
William enjoyed music and played in a band with his father in his younger years, playing at area Grange halls. He also enjoyed the rodeo and had been a bull rider, competing in local rodeos. William liked classic cars and was in the process of restoring a 1940 Mercury.
In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his wife, Linda and his daughter, Malinda.
He is survived by his children, Sarah TenEyck (David) of Ballston Spa, Kathleen Currier (Steve) of Ballston Spa, Marisa Collins of Greenfield and William Collins, Jr. of Ballston Spa; his step children, Tammie Schott and Michael Green (Stacy) all of Ballston Spa; his brother, Tommy Collins (Gerry) of Ballston Spa; sister, Jeanine Reynolds (Dave) of Hudson Falls; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10 am Monday, August 29, 2016 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow at Rock City Falls Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 pm Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Milton Eagles Fire Dept, PO Box 72, Rock City Falls, NY 12863.