James “Jim” Joseph Collins

James “Jim” Joseph Collins, 89, of Simpsonville, loving husband of Patricia Collins, passed away on January 29, 2024.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he was a son of the late James and Catherine Collins.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Lally Collins and Curtice (Marty) Winsch; grandchildren, Holden Winsch and Maxwell Winsch; siblings; Kevin Collins, Judith Davis and Susan Collins and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother Terry Collins.

Jim graduated from Boston College High School and received his B.A. from Stonehill College in 1956. He served three years with the US Navy in the Mediterranean, mapping the undersea area. He later went to Washington DC where he worked for the Bureau of Ships as a senior contracting official and served as a naval reservist for 20 years. Jim was an avid golfer, camper, and body surfer in the waves of the Outer Banks, NC where he eventually retired. There he became a volunteer fireman and joined the local barbershop chorus. He loved growing his tomato plants and had a wonderful sense of humor. A lifelong hockey fan he loved the Boston Bruins, rooted for the Red Sox and also avidly supported the Washington Redskins. After moving to Florida, Jim and his wife joined a home exchange program and spent many vacations exploring the UK, France and Eastern Europe. Jim spent his remaining years in Simpsonville, SC enjoying his family and watching his two grandsons become wonderful young men.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.

Condolences to the family of James “Jim” Joseph Collins

  • Meredith Heyde
    3 weeks ago

    Oh Jim, you will be greatly missed. Many prayers to your family.

  • Bob Winsch
    3 weeks ago

    Often thought of younger years, and how I could have been able to take Jim out in my boat for some striped bass from our Connecticut home in Madison, on Long Island Sound. Must remain dreams now.

  • Barbara Reed
    3 weeks ago

    So very sorry for your loss 🙏😇
    I cherish the many wonderful memories we’ve enjoyed over the years. Jim had a great sense of humor and was a dear friend. Christmas gatherings, crab feasts, Old Farm Days among the many. His laugh was wonderful. He will be greatly missed ❤️😇🙏

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