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Bruce Edward Collins

February 9, 1952 August 2, 2020
Bruce Edward Collins
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Obituary for Bruce Edward Collins

“The song has ended, but the melody lingers on”

Bruce Edward Collins, 68, resident of Warren, and former resident of Highland, Lincoln Park, Kalamazoo and Wyandotte passed away with loved ones at his side on Sunday, August 2, 2020.

Bruce will be missed by his mother, Joan Collins; sister, Linda Myer; children, Joshua (Mandee Gibson) Collins, Shane (Lindsey) Collins, Angela (Matthew) Brown, Christy (Greg) Payne; grandchildren, Logan, Noah, Parker, Nolan, Ryan, Sarah, Kate, Charlotte, and Lucy; long-time companion, Arlene Niskar, as well as many extended family members and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Collins; sister, Janice Nichols; grandchildren, Emily Brown and Jack Payne.

Whether you knew him as Bru, Dad, Papa Bruce, Uncle Bruce, B.C., Bduce, Kingovideo, or just Bruce, he was a man who will be loved forever and never be forgotten.

He was born in 1952 in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Thomas and Joan Collins. He spent his youth in Wyandotte and graduated from Roosevelt High, where he met Dawn Collins (Sieloff), his future wife. During their 28 years of marriage, the pair raised 4 children.

Bruce received degrees from Western Michigan University and Ferris State University, where he studied psychology, photography & videography.

He always enjoyed long excursions to seek out the perfect photo opportunity. Sometimes, this led to longer than expected trips resulting in the perfect picture. Other times, it led to a missing person report. He was able to turn this passion into a long career with General Motors as a photographer/videographer. He then became an entrepreneur and started his own business.

Bruce was extremely competitive, whether it be cheering on his beloved Detroit Lions, or playing a game of Scrabble, trivia, pool, or bowling. Many friends described him as the best bowler they ever knew.

Another passion of his was music, especially playing the piano. If you spent more than a couple minutes with him, you surely heard him humming a tune.

His biggest passion late in life was his grandchildren. Nothing made him smile more than spending time with them. He loved attending their school and youth events, going to Thursday night dinners, and making many other silly memories they will cherish forever. He really loved being their Papa!

While some people say dog is man’s best friend, Bruce always had a dog treat in his pocket or an “oopsie” at the dinner table to make sure HE was every dog’s best friend. Additionally, he has had many loved ones affected with various forms of cancer. In acknowledgement of his love and in lieu of flowers or gifts, please make a donation to either your local Humane Society or The American Cancer Society.

Due to COVID-19 regulations, a public memorial service will be held at a later date.

A private Funeral Service was held on August 6, 2020


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