Larry "Collomo" Collins, 51, the Coit Street resident who spearheaded the development of the Coit Street Playground, died last Sunday (Dec. 19, 1999) in Sheehan Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
A Buffalo native, Collins was an active member of Buffalo Afro-DOGS (Doing Only Good Service), a group of motorcycle enthusiasts who donated funds for some equipment for the playground.
Taking after the adults, children organized the Afro-PUPS (People United for Public Service). They raised money for the playground by doing chores for the senior citizens on the block, selling hot dogs and charging members small fines for such infractions as littering.
Collins attended Buffalo School 31 and graduated from East High School in 1967.
Until late 1968, he worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp. in Lackawanna. He served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman for two years. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Bethlehem Steel for more than 25 years.
In 1986, he married Jackie Sayles in Liberty Baptist Church.
He was an active member of Jesse Clipper Post 430, American Legion, and the Wincrest Sportsman's Association.
His hobbies included hunting, fishing and playing his drums.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Lawrence; a daughter, Rachel; two sisters, Ruth of Hayward, Calif., and Jeanette Beckham; two brothers, Lewis and Rodney; and a granddaughter.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Deliverance Temple on Peckham Street. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery..