Deacon John R. Collins, a Deacon of the Archdiocese, died on Saturday, April 9, 2022, following an short illness. He was 79 years old.
Deacon John was ordained April 28, 2007 by Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk. He was assigned to St. Joseph and St. Raphael parishes in Springfield upon ordination. He served at the parishes until his death.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 32 years, Susan Irene Collins. He is survived by his children Mary (Bill) Padgett, Jeff (Helen) Collins, Tim (Aida) Scanlon, Vince (Jamie) Scanlon, and Nicholas (Melanie) Scanlon. John and Susan were the grandparents of twelve grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at St. Raphael Catholic Church, Springfield, at 1:00 p.m.
Please keep the repose of the soul of Deacon John Collins in your prayers, as well as consolation for his entire family.