John A. Collins Sr., 86, U.S. Steel service

May 01, 2002

John A. Collins Sr., a retired steel company service manager, died April 24 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda of complications from a stroke. He was 86 and lived in Dayton in Howard County.

Until he retired in 1979, he was the service manager of U.S. Steel Corp.'s Baltimore and Towson offices. He subsequently was a salesman for Fabricators Steel in Bladensburg and Columbia.

Born in Washington, he received a degree in accounting from Ben Franklin University. As a youth he was a batboy for the old Washington Senators.

He was a member and Eucharistic minister at St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Clarksville, where a Mass was offered Monday.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Eleanor Williams; four sons, John A. Collins Jr. of Washington, Cornelius J. Collins of Fulton, Michael T. Collins of Bethesda and Brian P. Collins of Sullivan's Island, S.C.; four daughters, Joanne LeBlanc of Pine Point, Maine, Diane Collins of Catonsville, Rosemary Connor of Winchester, Va., and Kathleen Coolidge of Dayton; two brothers, Francis P. Collins of Chevy Chase and Cornelius A. Collins of Bethesda; a sister, Mary J. Caputo of Columbus, Ohio; 17 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

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