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Nathan Collins

September 29, 1945 — July 28, 2013

Nathan Collins

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

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