Jeff Alan Collins

Born: Fri., Aug. 30, 1963
Died: Wed., Jul. 17, 2019


Visitation

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Jul. 24, 2019
Location: Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home


Funeral Service

10:00 AM Thu., Jul. 25, 2019
Location: Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home


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Jeff Alan Collins, 55 of Canterbury Ct, passed away unexpectedly at his home on July 17th, 2019.

He was born in New London CT on August 30th, 1963. To Charles and Marie Collins, they predeceased him. Jeff was a graduate of Griswold High School class of 1981. He would then begin working at Amgraph Packaging where he worked his whole life after high school, right up until his death.

Jeff was an avid sports fan, where you could find him cheering for the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, and the New York Giants. He had an infectious laugh, that lit up any room that he walked into. He was always the life of the party whether he was invited to or not invited to. Everyone who knew him loved him, and never had anything to say bad about him. A man who always had a smile on his face permanently no matter what was happening around him. That is what made him who he was.

Jeff took pride in being a father to his two daughters Katelyn and Lauren Collins, and his two Son in laws Nick Friday and David Billings III. A loving grandfather to his three grandchildren who he loved more than anything. Kamden Friday, Delaney and Madilynn Collins. He is also survived by his two sisters Janice Collins of Zephyrhills FL and Michelle Dillion of Conway, SC. And his Nephew Brandon Collins also of SC. And his girlfriend of over 2 years Barbara Bousquet also of Canterbury, CT.

He was loved by all that he came into contact with. He will be missed dearly by all the numerous friends and family that he had in his life.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 4:00-7:00PM at the Gagne Piechowski Funeral Home 490 Voluntown Road Jewett City, CT. A memorial service will be Thursday July 25, 2019 at 10:00AM also at the Gagne Piechowski Funeral Home, with burial to immediately follow at the Pachaug Cemetery, Griswold.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to be put towards funeral expenses with the remainder going towards Jeff’s grandkids future college fund. And those donations can be made to any Chelsea Groton Bank location.

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Lauren Collins
   Posted Fri July 19, 2019
I love you dad more than anything in this world and my love for you will do nothing but continue to grow for the rest of my days. I am so thankful for the life you gave me and the way you raised me to be the person I am. I am so thankful for the love you gave to my girls and how much they loved you. I will keep your memory alive for them forever. We will never forget you. I miss you more than I can ever describe and I really hope this pain someday will go away. Please stay with me please watch over me please protect me and my girls. Please just never leave me.

Paul Labrecque
   Posted Fri July 19, 2019
So sorry to hear of Jeff's passing. He was a great and caring man.

Paul Labrecque
Zephyrhills, FL.

Sally (Hoffman)Williamson
   Posted Fri July 19, 2019
Sorry to hear about Jeff he was a nice guy and I went to school with him he played baseball with my brother Jason Hoffman he will be missed 🙏🏻😥💐🌹RIP Jeff Collins

Ann LaGram (Adams)
   Posted Sat July 20, 2019
To family of Jeff

Jeff growing up as cousin you were a great kid. Memories to be had with this great person and with aka Aunt Marie and Uncle Chuck; also known as MOM and Dad. my deepest condolences go out to you all. May he RIP.

Cousin Anne Marie

Tom Moldow
   Posted Sat July 20, 2019
Heard of Jeff's passing via facebook. We were Army buddies back 30 years ago. We (Jeff, Mike M, Mike G, Tom M) had some great times back with the "fighting 344th MP Co back in the eighties. We had drill weekend and then we would all crashed at my house I rented near Southern CT State. We had some great times on Annual Training in the summer. Jeff was a great guy to work and hang with. I still have a Thermos he gave me when he worked at the Thermos plant. You'll be missed Jeff.

Linda Noel
   Posted Sat July 20, 2019
I knew Jeff since elementary school and all thru high school. he was such a fun guy to be around. I hadn't seen him in so many years. when i heard about his passing I was in shock. guess God needed an angel with a sense of humor. rest in peace or not!! sympathies to his family.

Juliet M Falconieri-Felder
   Posted Sat July 20, 2019
Jeff will be missed by so many. I served with Jeff back in the 80's in the 344th
So many laughs along the way. We reconnected through facebook a few years ago. Missed an opportunity to meet up a few years ago in Myrtle Beach.
Would have loved just one more of those bear hugs! Rest easy my brother......

Lori Morrissette
   Posted Sun July 21, 2019
To all of Jeff's Family, We are so very sorry for your loss. May his memory always be with you. Take comfort in knowing how many peoples lives he touched in such a positive way. From my few interactions with him he was always Happy, smiling and laughing. That's how he will be remembered. RIP

Cami Marion
   Posted Mon July 22, 2019
What an amazing man. He made work really fun, we had a lot of fun at Amgraph fooling around and shooting the shit. I'll miss you forever.

Michelle Fontaine-Calkins
   Posted Wed July 24, 2019
Jeff was the sunshine on a rainy day. Jeff delivered happiness where ever he went. Jeff no matter how bad things were always had a great positive attitude. Jeff came to work everyday, he worked whenever he could, he took the OT. He was a great Dad, loved his girls and his grand babies. His girls meant everything to him. Jeff really loved life. He loved to soak in the pool with a cold one on those seriously hot days. He always talked about his neighborhood where everyone chipped in. Whether cutting each other’s grass or when it came picnic time it was an open door. Jeff loved his work family too. He left me a candy or Hershey’s chocolate kiss on my keyboard nearly everyday. Jeff loved his music, while he worked he listened to country and sang and danced to every word.. believe me he knew every word to every song!! Jeff was a gentle giant he smiled and laughed all the time! When you walked away you didn’t realize it but you too now had a smile on your face. What kind of guy was Jeff? He was this kind, he asked you how you were doing, he meant it. Every night he walked over to Midagraphics, tapped the window and waved good bye. That’s the kind of guy he was, he made you feel good. Everyone at Amgraph is going to miss Jeff for all of the wonderful things he brought to all of us. He was very good at his job he knew his stuff! He was a permanent fixture at Amgraph and at all of our get togethers he was the life of the party!! His passing is a great loss in many many ways. God Bless his family.

Susan Dydo
   Posted Wed July 24, 2019
You will be sorely missed Jeff Collins! You have always been a bright spot in our lives and we'll never forget you! Loved you like a brother from another mother xo! Give Johnny a bear hug for me and we'll see you again one day!

With love,

The Dydo Family

Ashley Lynch
   Posted Wed July 24, 2019
So sorry for your loss sending thoughts, prayer, and love to all during this difficult time.

KEVIN GODAIRE
   Posted Thu July 25, 2019
I remember being the first one to greet Jeff on his first day of work at Amgraph around 35 years ago,after the day I knew I found a special friend. And for the next 35 years we became the best of friends,doing numerous trips,hanging out,poker games at his house,partys,bar hopping (Turbaks back in the day),but what I remember most is the daily talks we had at work almost every workday,we talked sports,and we both loved talking about our children to each other.He loved Kaitlyn and Lauren so much and that's when he had the biggest smile,i remember when he told me he was having children and how happy he was,and although I didn't see them very often,he kept me up to date on everything in their lives,i know personally how much he loved those 2 girls,more than anything! And they turned out to be such great people just like their Dad,love you girls.And on Jeffs final day of work before his death I was the last one to say good bye to him and we laughed as we left the parking lot and went to our cars for the final time..35 years of unforgettable times,talks and love to a great man you rarely have a chance to meet in a lifetime!! Love you brother and will definitely never forget you,gonna miss you...

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