John Collins, age 65, passed away unexpectedly March 12, 2017 at his home in Elgin, IL. Born John Lawrence Collins III on November 16, 1951, in Chicago, IL, to loving parents John Lawrence, Jr. and Charlotte (Jagers) Collins, John refused to stand on ceremony. He was known simply as “John Collins.”

John graduated from Gordon Technical High School in Chicago, Class of 1969.  He worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 37 years before retiring in 2011. His work ethic was so strong that despite debilitating back pain, John pushed himself to continue working until he was no longer able. John will be remembered for his love of his children, his devotion to his favorite sports teams, his wicked sense of humor, the twinkle in his eye, and for loving all things green.

In his free time, John was an avid sports fan, and he especially enjoyed cheering for the Chicago White Sox, the Bears, and Notre Dame. “March Madness” was his favorite season. He was an amateur grill-master who loved to grill year ‘round and a dedicated trivia buff whose favorite answer was “Honus Wagner.”

John is survived by his daughter, Katharine “Kate,” and son, Sean Collins; former wife and long-time friend, Susan DiLiberti-Collins; sisters Charlotte (Ken) Ruder, Patricia Stanisz, Mary (Jim) Crosby, and Susan (Robert) Stanisz, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Wally Stanisz.

Visitation will be Saturday March 18, 2016, from 9:00 AM until the time of service, 11:00 AM Mass at St. Laurence Catholic Church, 565 Standish St, Elgin, IL 60123, Fr. Andrew Mulcahey officiating. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the V Foundation for Cancer Research, www.jimmyv.org.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home 305 Park Street Elgin, IL 60120. For more information please visit www.symondsmadisonfuneralhome.com or call 847-741-1128

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