Born in Two Rivers, WI on Aug 04, 1946
Died on Mar 03, 2017 and resided in Village of Allouez, WI
Patrick James Collins, 70, died on March 3, 2017, with his family close to his side as he finished a prolonged fight with cancer, which very likely began as a result of his service to his country as a veteran during the Vietnam War. He was born August 4, 1946, in Two Rivers to the late John and Madeline (Jacquart) Collins. Raised by his resilient mother and grandmother, Pat graduated from Two Rivers High School in 1964. After attending UW-Oshkosh, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966, serving in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. He completed his education at NWTC after returning stateside with a degree in Accounting and Computer Programming. Following 11 years of employment by A.C. Nielsen Co. as a computer programmer, Pat took continuing education classes to become a realtor and then a certified residential appraiser. All of his education and background experience led to his successful career as the owner and operator of PJC Appraisal, LLC. Pat was first diagnosed with bile duct cancer last June, but continued to operate his business until December when his health began to fail.
On August 9, 1969, he married Sharyn L. Bauers at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Algoma. During their 46 years of marriage, the two were blessed with three children and five grandchildren. Pat and Sharyn enjoyed camping together, relaxing with family in the backyard pool, and doing projects on the house (Sharyn always had a new idea for the house and Pat always had an ingenious way of completing it). They also loved traveling, especially adventuring out West with the children and vacationing in Florida as snowbirds. In Florida, they especially liked the new friends they made and the Irish activities. Definitely a dog person, Pat had many canine companions, and could be seen walking Allouez with his loyal dog Oreo.
He was a dedicated elected official, serving as a Village of Allouez Trustee from 1986-1996 and 1999-2005 and as a Brown County Supervisor from 1993-2006. Pat served on many committees and was instrumental in getting playground equipment for Green Isle Park and more police protection for Villages of Allouez and Bellevue. He fought hard to get the new mental health center and jail facilities built and served on the Central Brown County Water Authority and Brown County Library Board. Overall, it was helping with the individual concerns of the residents that gave Pat the most satisfaction.
Ever active in the community, Pat was a member of several Veterans' organizations: the VFW, Vietnam Vets, American Legion Sullivan Wallen Post #11, AmVets, MOC's, and 40 et 8 Voyager Post. He was also a member the Allouez & Greater Green Bay Kiwanis Club, the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, St. Matthews Men's Club and the Shamrock Club of Green Bay and Northeast WI. He will be missed by many friends and colleagues.
He will be missed by his wife, Sharyn, and his three children and their families: Christopher and Beth Collins and their children, Matthew and Benjamin; Scott and Jennifer Collins and their children, Soleil and Ty; Kathryn and Chris Pulley and their daughter, Madelyn. Pat will be missed by his sisters-in-law and their families and by close relatives, especially Kevin Collins who has been like a brother to Pat.
Pat never had to say any last words. His loved ones always knew what he would say because he said it every time they said good-bye. Pat would tell his wife that she is his special bride, but if anything should ever happen to him, that she should go on living a happy and fulfilling life. He told his children to stay close to one another and to take care of their mother. He would tell his family and friends how much they meant to him and how proud they made him. Pat taught through his example, not to let adversity get you down and when one door closes, there is always another ready to be opened.
In true Irish Wake fashion, visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 17th, at Proko-Wall Funeral Home. There will be a American Legion Service at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Sharing of Memories to follow. Visitation will continue from 11:00 a.m to 12:45 p.m. Saturday at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 120 St. Matthew St. There will be a Shamrock Club Service at 12:45 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Service to follow. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the church with Rev. Robert Kabat officiating. Full Military Honors will conclude the services. Entombment will be in Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. To send online condolences visit www.prokowall.com.
The family is thankful to the staff at Froedtert Hospital for their care of Patrick during his final journey and hopes that future medical advances will win the fight against his type of cancer.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial has been established to purchase a bench at Green Isle Park in his honor.
American Legion Service: Friday Mar 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at Proko-Wall Funeral Home
Visitation: Friday Mar 17, 2017, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Proko-Wall Funeral Home
Funeral Mass: Saturday Mar 18, 2017, 1:00 p.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church
Visitation: Saturday Mar 18, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church
Served by Proko-Wall Funeral Director: Jeane Smits
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