Dennis P. Collins, 64, of Methuen passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, MA. Born in Methuen on February 23, 1955, he was the son of the late Patrick and Irene (Dubois) Collins.
Raised in Methuen, Dennis graduated from Greater Lawrence Technical School in Andover, class of 1972. He was a dedicated handy man and was known for being a caring and strong advocate for his craft. In his spare time, he enjoyed working on his 1968 Mustang, antiques, art, traveling to the beach, and Rockingham Park to play the horses “with the boys.” He set aside time for training for running and completed the Boston Marathon twice. More than anything he cherished time with his family and most especially his adored partner, best friend, and confident of forty-three years, Joanne.
In addition to his parents, Dennis was predeceased by his nephew, Ryan Randall; and brothers-in-law, David Randall and Michael Reardon.
Dennis leaves behind the love of his life and soulmate, Joanne E. Saffie of Methuen; his eight siblings: Linda Randall of Salisbury, Joyce Conte and her husband, Daniel of Methuen, Gail Weaver and her husband, William of Glendale, AZ, Karen Savary of Methuen, Nancy Feole and her husband, George of Derry, NH, Kevin Collins and his wife Michele of Knoxville, TN, Kathleen Wallace of Salem, NH, and Patrick “Rick” Collins and his wife, Anne Dennis of Salem, NH. Dennis also leaves behind extended family members, Albert and Mildred Saffie, Carol Dolan, Steve Dolan, David and Lisa Saffie, and William and Anne Saffie. In addition, he leaves many nieces, nephews, great-nieces/nephews, great-great-nieces/nephews, and extended family.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, November 1, 2019, from 9:00-11:30 AM at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley Street in Methuen. His funeral service will be held immediately following visiting hours at 11:30 AM in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Methuen. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to St. Jude Children’s research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to a charity of one’s choice.