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William J. Collins Jr., veteran, volunteer firefighter and retired NY Telephone district manager

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March 2, 1930 - Oct. 16, 2016

William J. Collins Jr. of Amherst died Sunday at the Buffalo VA Medical Center. He was 86.

A graduate of Marmion Military Academy in Indiana, he received a bachelor's degree from Butler University.

Mr. Collins joined the military and served in the Air Force, achieving the rank of First Lieutenant.

Following his service he returned to Buffalo and began a career as a district manager with NY Telephone/NYNEX. He worked for the company for 36 years.

He also served as a firefighter for the Eggertsville Hose Company since 1962.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Minna B. Collins; three sons, William J. III, Thomas and Michael, and two daughters, Mary Ann Skrabec and Carol Ann Zmuda.

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