David Brian Collins, 80, died peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 with his wife, Pamela, and daughter, Kate, by his side.
He was born in the Midlands of England on Jan. 10, 1933, the son of the late David and Fanny (Flavell) Collins.
At 15 years old, he started working in the lab at Thomas Perry Roll Foundry, beginning a career in steel roll manufacturing that would span the better part of 65 years. As an apprentice, he studied metallurgy at the university level, and then continued his career at Midland Rollmakers, in Crewe, England. He later earned a master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. By 1980, he was a well known and well loved member of the international steel community, as he moved with Pam and Kate to the United States of America to work for National Roll in Avonmore. Although he was officially retired, he had remained very active in his profession through consulting for his many international colleagues.
He started his family when, on April 2, 1956, he married Pamela Jones. Together they raised three children, Nicholas Collins (Di) of Hinckley, England; Anthony Collins (Sue) of Alsager, England; and Kate Collins McGonnell (Jimmy), of St. Marys.
He and his wife have lived for 12 years in Lottsburg, Va. He also formerly resided in Murrysville, and Nantwich, Cheshire, England.
He has always enjoyed traveling, good food and wine, deep sea fishing, boating, golf, and vacationing with family. He was a sports fan, always enjoying English football, American football, rugby, cricket, golf and tennis. In the comfort of his home in Lottsburg, he enjoyed watching sports on television, playing with his laptop, reading, heated political discussions, and a good joke. He was a wonderful cook and he loved to host parties, dinners, and guests at his home.
Above all, he loved to spend time with his family. Phone calls, visits and vacations were frequent and he enjoyed being active in the lives of his grandchildren: Becky, Peter, Lizzie, Willie, Jenny, Anna and Meghan. David, husband, father, â€śGandyâ€ť will be forever loved and greatly missed.
Memorials, if desired, can be sent in Davidâ€™s name to Fisher House Foundation, Inc. at 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420 Rockville, MD 20850-5168, or The Payton Wright Foundation at 6991 E Professional Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34240. Or, donate online to http://www.fisherhouse.org/ or http://www.paytonwright.org.