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Claire Collins Obituary


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“Claire has been such a wonderful friend and mentor to me personally. From all her friends in the Strawberry Tarts, Red Hats, Claire hold a special...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Sheila Ord - FL - friend

“To the Collins family, I am so sorry for your loss I loved Claire she was a very special person there are so many good memories of all the fun we all...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Tina DeCastro - Melbourne, FL

“Ed so sorry for your lose we had every intention of coming to the wake.But due to the weather we are unable to attend.Our prayers are with you and...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: JIM KATHY KUHN - PEMBROKE, NH

“I have such good memories of "Auntie Clara" Love and smiles i will remember forever. I am sorry for the loss to the Collins family she will be so...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Rosemary Lopes Coulombe - Ipswich, MA

“to the entire Collins family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope that as you have the chance in days to come to remember all the laughter...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Sarah Pitt-Wooll - Kittery, ME

“Our deepest sympathies to you and your whole family Colleen in the loss of your Mom. This is such a hard thing. I would be lying if I said it will...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Wendy (Rheault) & Jim Ormord - MA

“My memory of Claire is her smile, laugh and sense of humor. She was known as a gregarious woman. She was loved by many and all will miss her. With...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Aprille Coursin - Gurnee, IL

“Uncle Ed and Auntie Ann, we are sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of Auntie Clara at holiday celebrations at your home. You all will...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Robert and Donna Ritchie - Elgin, IL

“We have so many memories of Claire she will be missed. We hope you take comfort in knowing you had an amazing mother, wife, siter, grandmother, great...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Dion Family - lynn, MA

“Arthur - To You And Your Family - Our Deepest Sympathy. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Marvene & Pudgy - Nahant, MA

“Dear Arthur and family, May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead. ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Paul and Lisa Manley - Marblehead, MA

“To the Collins family: We are so sorry for your loss. Claire had such a wonderful spirit and kind heart. She will be truly missed. ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Arlene and David ONeill - NAHANT, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.We love you guys. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: nana & sydney - lynn, MA


Mrs. Claire (Rando) Collins, 84 years of Nahant died peacefully on Saturday December 22, 2012, at the home of her daughter and surrounded by her loving family. She is the wife of Sergeant Arthur H. Collins, a long serving member of the Nahant Police Department for 30 years. Claire was born in Nahant, the daughter of the late Thomas and Josephine (Lopes) Rando. She was raised in Nahant and graduated from Lynn English High School. She lived in Lynn for many years before returning to Nahant in 1959. After graduating from The Mansfield Beauty Academy, Claire worked as a Beautician for the Lynn Devlan Convalescent Home for 20 years. She was also famously known for her cake baking and decorating skills. Claire designed and made many wedding and birthday cakes for friends and family. In addition, Claire was a pitcher in the Nahant Softball League. She was a member of the Bass Point Boat Club, the Nahant Planning Board and also served on the Nahant Historical Society and Friends of the Nahant Library. Upon retirement, Claire spent the winters in Ft Myers, Florida with her husband and served as the "Queen Mother" of the local chapter of the Red Hat Society. In addition to her husband with whom she shared 60 years of marriage, Claire leaves her loving and devoted children, Steve Collins and his wife Beverly of East Hampstead, NH, Michael Collins and his wife Barbara of Nahant, her daughter Colleen Prue and her husband William of Lynnfield, her grandchildren, Shannon, Brandon, Shaun, Jeffrey and Kurt, her great grandchildren, Ashton, Dillon, and Brianna. She also leaves her brother, Edmond Rando and his wife Ann of Estero, Florida and several nieces and nephews. She is the sister of the late Thomas Rando. Her funeral will be held on Friday, December 28, 2012 from the SOLIMINE, LANDERGAN AND RICHARDSON FUNERAL HOME, 67 Ocean Street (Rte 1A) Lynn at 9:00 AM followed by a funeral mass in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Nahant at 10:00 AM Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Nahant. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are on Thursday from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM Donations may be made to Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan Street Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923

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