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Nathan Sherwood "Tink" Collins, 67, of Linkwood passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.
Born in Easton, Md on September 29, 1945 he was a son of the late Phillip Lee Collins and Ann DeMeyer Blake and stepson of Lucille Collins and Harold Blake.
Tink attended local schools and graduated from Cambridge High School with the Class of 1964.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1965 and was honorably discharged in 1967 with the rank SP4. He was a Vietnam Vet.
On January 6, 1968 Tink and Joan Zimmerman were united in marriage and together raised two beautiful daughters.
Tink was employed with the State Highway Administration Department as a Facilities Maintenance Tech Supervisor from which he retired in 2007 after 30 years of service.
He was a member of the Hebron American Legion, 14th Combat Engineer Battalion Association, Sunnyside Alliance Church, Life member of Vietnam Veterans and VFW #7460, Honorary member of Rescue Fire Company, Linkwood-Salem VFD (43 yrs) which included serving as chief, assistant chief, captain and president as well as truck building and other committees. He was Firefighter of the years 1985, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2010. He received the Metorious Award in 1998. Tink was very proud of being inducted into the Hall of Fame which included Delmarva Vol. Fireman Association (2005), Eastern Shore Vol. Fireman Association (2006) and Dorchester Co. Vol. Fireman Association (2007).
When Tink was not working at the firehouse he enjoyed spending time with his family and extended Linkwood family. Watching NASCAR racing and the Ravens and enjoying a cold Coors Light were some of his favorite past times. Tink touched many lives and was loved by everyone who knew him. He will truly be missed.
Surviving him besides his wife Joan are daughters LeAnn Lewis of Hurlock, MD and Kara Phippin and husband Donnie of Hebron, MD; grandchildren Blake and Karli Lewis, Nathan and Brayden Phippin; brothers Fred Collins and wife Nancy of Woolford, MD, Sam Collins of Greensboro, DE; nephews Clint Collins and wife Molly and Phillip Collins; a great niece and nephew MacKenzie and Chase Collins; God child Scott Henry; numerous cousins and their families around Marion, NY.
Preceding him in death besides his parents was a granddaughter Olivia Morgan Lewis.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, August 2, 2013 at the Linkwood-Salem Vol. Fire Department beginning 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Jim Harper officiating assisted by Adjutant General James Adkins and Chaplain David Tolley. Interment will follow at the Maryland Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery, Hurlock with military honors. Family will receive friends on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at the firehouse from 5-8 p.m. and an hour prior to the service.
Serving as pallbearers will be John Lewis, Blake Lewis, Donnie Phippin, Dudley Bisker, Jerry Willey, Donald Phippin, Nick Molisani, Keith Adkins, Sonny Willey, Brad Dickinson, Brad Hughes and Justin Koshar.
Honorary pallbearers will be membership of Linkwood Vol. Fire Department.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Tink can be made to Linkwood-Salem Vol. Fire Department, P.O. Box 66, Linkwood, MD 21835 or Sunnyside Alliance Church, P.O. Box 9, Secretary, MD 21664 or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675
Arrangements entrusted to the Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A., Cambridge, MD
To send online condolences, please visit www.newcombcollins.com
It's been 1 year that we haven't had you in our lives and it still doesn't seem real. Fly high our EAGLE!
61 Family Jul 28 2014 12:00 AM
POppop Tink I really miss you I wish you were still here with us. I love and miss you so much!
Hailie Catlett Jan 28 2014 12:00 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you all! I have very found memories of my days in Linkwood at the firehall, playing softball or just hanging out with Leann at my side. Tink was always such a dear person and a key ingredient to the joy I shared during those days. Hugs from me surround you all!
Julie Klunk Provan Aug 22 2013 12:00 AM
Kara, Donnie, and Family: We want to let you know that we love you and are thinking about you during this difficult time. We wish we could be there to support you at the funeral to help celebrate the life of Tink, but please know we will be sending you love and prayers. Please let us know if you need anything. ~Dana Basner and Jason Morris
Jason Morris & Dana Basner Aug 2 2013 12:00 AM
Rob and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs. Joanie, Kara, Leann, and to the rest of the Linkwood-Salem community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Rob and Barbie Willey Aug 2 2013 12:00 AM
To hear of this good man leaving this earth has truly broke my heart..As I was a teen and became very good well best friends with his daughter Kara I got to know his whole family and what a great one it is. In my eyes Tink was the best dad ranking right up their with mine..and I know he is with Jesus. May God bless his wife Mrs. Joanie and wrap his arms around her, his children and grandchildren in this difficult time...He will be missed by many...
Michelle Wright Aug 1 2013 12:00 AM
Mom Joanie, LeAnn and Kara, No words will ever descibe the man that he was. However I hope this poem will give you comfort. Love you ALL !! "WHEN I AM GONE " When I am gone, release me and let me go. I have so many things to see and do, you mustn't tie yourself to me with too many tears, but be thankful we had so many good years. I gave you my love, and you can only guess how much you've given me in happiness. I thank you for the love that you have shown, but now it is time I traveled on alone. So grieve for me a while, if grieve you must Then let your grief be comforted by trust that it is only for a while that we must part, so treasure the memories within your heart. I won't be far away for life goes on. And if you need me, call and I will come. Though you can't see or touch me, I will be near And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear All my love around you soft and clear And then, when you come this way alone, I'll greet you with a smile and a "Welcome Home".
Wendy Pitts Aug 1 2013 12:00 AM
To the Collins Family and members of the Linkwood-Salem VFD-- Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Tink. This county will not be the same without him. Tink did many great things for the fire service in Dorchester County, that will never be forgotten. If at any time you need anything, do not hesitate to call.
Eldorado Brookview VFD Aug 1 2013 12:00 AM
JOAN AND FAMILY I WAS BOTH SHOCKED AND SAD-EN WHEN I RECEIVED WORD OF YOUR LOST. I AM TRUELY SORRY. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYER'S WILL BE WITH YOUR FAMILY.
WILLIAM BARNES Aug 1 2013 12:00 AM
It's a sad thing to lose such a wonderful person as Tink. However, I know Tink spread a trail of many great memories for lots of people. Seems not so long ago the Leggett's Little League baseball team went undefeated for the season with Tinks coaching help. Hang in there, Joanie, LeAnn and Kara.
Howard and Wanda Christopher Aug 1 2013 12:00 AM