Alan Joseph Collins, 82, of Hudson, MA, passed on peacefully in his sleep at home on May 14, 2023. Alan leaves his beloved sons John Peter and Trevor Alan who brought him immeasurable joy and who meant the absolute world to him. He also leaves his wife Andy (Ann Finnerty) with whom he shared these last fifty three years, recently celebrated their forty eighth wedding anniversary on May 2nd.
Born with his twin brother John on September 9, 1940 in Somerville, MA, Alan moved with his family to Hudson in 1956 attending and graduating from Hudson High School in 1958. After attending Utah State and UMASS Boston, Alan earned a Degree in Elementary Education in 1971, but decided to pursue a career in the plumbing trade at first as a licensed journeyman and then as a licensed Master Plumber under the employ of Ray, Gene and Richie Curley of R.J. Curley Plumbing & Heating. Eventually Alan branched out on his own and operated his own business for over thirty years finally retiring from plumbing at seventy years of age.
Alan was predeceased by his parents; David and Eleanor (Quirk), his older brother David, his twin John and his younger sister Irene. He also leaves three surviving sisters; Elizabeth, Annette and Katherine as well as three nephews, two nieces, many cousins and friends, in particular Arthur Peters since their teenage years had remained a steadfast and constant friend to both Alan and John.
Alan will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband and father who was a most kind and gentle man. He was never more happy and content than when at home with his family, his dogs, a few good books at hand and an old movie to watch. He was strong, confident, he used his words carefully, had a quick wit and an encyclopedic memory for facts and events, history in particular.
Alan will forever remain in our hearts and be missed beyond measure. He was our treasure and we were blessed to have been loved by such a man as he.
Relatives and friends are invited to a period of visitation from 9:30 to 10:30 AM on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at Tighe Hamilton Regional Funeral Home, 50 Central St., Hudson, MA. Procession to Saint Michael’s Church, 21 Manning Street will follow with a Funeral Memorial Mass to be celebrated at 11am. Burial services will follow in Forestvale Cemetery, Hudson, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Alan may be made to: Massachusetts Special Olympics, 512 Forest Street, Marlborough, MA 01752.