Collins, 61, passed away Saturday night April 14, spending
his last day surrounded by loved ones, feeling grateful for
his life’s blessings.
Born Nov. 24, 1950, in Watertown, the son of Melvin and
Dorothy Rogers Collins, he graduated in 1970 from Watertown
High School and from Buffalo State University in 1975 with a
degree in education.
He worked for the Chateaugay Central School District as an
art teacher for 30 years.
Thomas loved the outdoors, music and art.
A marriage to Valerie
Finch ended in divorce.
He later married Sarah Fitzgerald on Feb. 15, 2012.
Surviving are his wife, Sarah, Watertown; two daughters,
Tara Brettholtz, Clifton Park, N.Y., and Justine Budowski,
East Aurora, N.Y.; a son, Dustin Collins, Phoenix, Ariz.;
two step sons, Thomas Keenan, Buffalo, and Riley Keenan,
Watertown; two sisters, Kathleen Colburn-Barkley, Gouverneur
and Barbara Buckles, Watertown; a granddaughter, Sophie
Brettholtz, Clifton Park; several nieces and nephews.
Four brothers, William, Francis, John and Richard Collins.
and two sisters. Joan Collins and Carolyn Webster, all died
Funeral services will be
2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Cleveland Funeral Home with
Father Stephen Murray officiating. A calling hour will be
from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday before the funeral.
Donations may be given in his memory to the Jefferson County
SPCA, 25056 Water St., Watertown, N.Y. 13601.
Information provided by Cleveland
Funeral Home, Inc. and Newzjunky.com, Watertown