Lance G CollinsApril 24, 1944 ~ October 27, 2017 (age 73)
Lance Garth Collins, 73, of Sandy Creek NY, passed away peacefully on Friday October 27th, 2017 at Upstate University Hospital where he was surrounded by his loving family.
Calling hours will be held Friday November 3rd, 2017 at Summerville Funeral Home in Sandy Creek NY from 12-2pm, Funeral will begin at 3pm. A celebration of life will follow at the Sandy Creek firehall. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Lance's wife, Rita Collins.
Lance was the oldest of six children, Born April 24th 1944 in Plattsburgh NY to the late Owen and Louise Collins. He is survived by his loving wife Rita Collins of 54 years. His siblings, Sheila Clark of Sandy Creek NY, Linda Booth of Watertown NY, John Collins of Sandy Pond NY, and Debbie Collins of Watertown NY. He is predeceased by his brother Larry Collins of Sandy Creek NY. Lance was a loving Husband, Father, Brother, Grandfather, and Friend to all. He was especially proud of his children; Cindy Francis of Sandy Creek NY, Laurie Nichols of Lacona NY, Terry Balcom (Kip) of Pulaski NY, Tracy Porter (Jeff) of Mannsville NY, Sherry Gray of Sandy Creek NY, Wendy Smith (Scott) of Pulaski NY, and Lance Collins (Stephanie) of Sandy Pond NY. Lance had many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Lance was employed by the Local Union 545 Operating Engineers for 45 years (1965-2009) when he retired . Aside from being a hard working man, devoted husband and father, Lance had a passion for farming, raising his cattle. He had a love for nature, he enjoyed taking long walks and rides and took in all of natures beauty. He was a family man who loved spending quality time with them. He had a smile and a twinkle in his eye that will be missed by many.