Francis 'Frank' John Collins

Francis “Frank”  John Collins  80, of Southbury, formerly of Ridgefield, died on Wednesday morning, March  23, 2016 at Danbury Hospital.

Frank was born on May 25, 1935 in New Rochelle, NY  to the late Charles and Margaret (O’Reilly) Collins. He attended Archbishop Stepinac High School and Iona College, graduating in 1959 as a Certified Internal Auditor with a degree in business accounting.

Frank began his career with Price Waterhouse  and later worked for  United Nuclear. He was proudest of his 23  years of service at Perkin-Elmer corporation and involvement with projects for the intelligence community and NASA. He also served as parish accountant and on the finance committee at St Mary’s church for 26 years.

He married Theresa Deeley of New Rochelle on August 29, 1959. They moved to Ridgefield, CT in 1963. There he spent the next few decades driving its roads at all hours for the benefit of his five daughters. He logged thousands of hours behind the wheel a captive audience to the great matters related to Girl Scouts, sleepovers, sports, dances, movies,  school,  and occasionally boys. He convincingly  pretended not to hear anything but the news radio playing up front.

He was immensely proud of his 11 grandchildren and enjoyed entertaining them whenever possible. His storytelling and wit will be missed by  Cara and John Capilli; John and Erin Dibble; Daphne Fiacco; Delia, Fiona and Lily Murphy;  and Anna, Emily and Erich Metzker.

He is survived by  his enormously grateful  daughters Patricia (John ) Capilli of Ridgefield, Christine Collins (Greg Davis)  of Woodbury,  Maura (Douglas) Fiacco of New Fairfield, Margaret “Peggy” (Sean) Murphy of Watertown,  and Kathryn (Stephen) Metzker of Newtown as well as by many dear nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Theresa, brother, Charles Collins, and sister, Mary Searing. .

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St Mary R.C. Church, 55 Catoonah St., Ridgefield on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 10:15 a.m.

Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Ridgefield.

The family will receive friends at the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield on Thursday, March 31, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Contributions in Mr. Collins’ memory may be made to the Western Connecticut Health Network (Danbury Hospital Development Fund), 24 Hospital Ave., Danbury, CT  06810