Love and memories last forever...
  • 66 years old
  • Born on November 24, 1948 .
  • Passed away on August 6, 2015 .

Joseph F. Collins, affectionately known as Joe, Just Joe, Poppa Joe and Cowboy Pete, passed on August 6, 2015 at home surrounded by loved ones.

Beloved husband of Bea Church, loving father of Dorae Sudell and her husband Greg, Shawn Kilroy and his wife Heather, dear step-father of  Dana Church-Williams and her husband Chris, and Raymond Church, III, and devoted grandfather of Nick and Michael Sudell. Joe also was the cherished step-grandfather of Ben and Taylor Williams. Dear brother of Ed Collins (Kay), Sarah Ann (Bill) and Kas. He is also survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews.

All are welcome to a Memorial Celebration on August 22 @ 1:00 PM AT CASBAH CATERERS 3461 THOMPSON ST, PHILA, PA

In lieu of flowers, donations to  St. Francis Inn, 2441 KENSINGTON AVE, PHILA, PA 19125

Posted by Bea Church on 26th November 2016
I miss Joe more than words can say. Beautiful loving memories sustain me. The love we shared was so very special. The love and concern that he so willingly shared with others was inspiring. I feel blessed to have shared my life with such a kind and benevolent person. I will never stop loving you, Joe!
Posted by Joe Hinkle on 25th November 2016
I can honestly say that I miss Joe everyday. He had a profound effect on my life.
Posted by Caryssa Barr on 24th November 2016
Happy birthday to you in Heaven! Today, I am thankful that you were a part of my life, and always will be!
Posted by Dorothy Kulisek on 25th November 2015
Happy Birthday in heaven Joe! I imagine you and Bobby are celebrating together with Jesus. (I didn't realize your birthdays were a day apart) Please give him a giant hug and kiss from me. xoxo
Posted by Robert Faust on 24th November 2015
I will always remember the time we went snorkeling in Key West Joe always had an upbeat positive attitude about everything I love that about him . My friend Joe gone but not forgotten!
Posted by JC Escobar on 22nd August 2015
Joe, you will always be missed. I haven't seen or talked to you in many years, but our long conversations and your friendship while I worked at the PPA will never be forgotten. Rest easy my friend.
Posted by Brian Finnegan on 22nd August 2015
A true inspiration you r to many will will continue to be. RIP
Posted by Phyllis Swing on 21st August 2015
Joe will be missed by all who knew him, because to know him is to love him. A man of such compassion for others! I could always count on getting a "real hug" from Joe, and always feel the compassion that is Joe Collins. I have been blessed to have known Joe and call him my friend. Rest easy Joe!!!!
Posted by Patti Ahlstrom on 19th August 2015
Joe was a sincere and peaceful person. He brought warmth into the room. He wanted to get to know everyone he met. He was dedicated to making the world a better place. I am blessed to have known him.
Posted by Sarah Ann on 18th August 2015
Joe you will be forever missed by so many people. You left an amazing legacy with everyone who knew you. Your kind and loving wisdom has guided myself and many others. Heaven gained an angel the day you left our world. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Tina Gwiazdowski on 18th August 2015
"Joe your an amazing man and I m a better person for having the opportunity to have meet you".You made a real difference in my life with your words of wisdom and I will truly miss you.You will always be in my memories, love you Joe.
Posted by Mickey Corea on 18th August 2015
So much to say about joe. I have never met another like him. Always shared his hope and gave me strength when I needed it. He always took the time to talk with me and most importantly listen to me. We have lost an amazing man, but what be left with all of us will never be forgotten. Rest peacefully Joe. I know you will continue to watch over us. And thank you for all you have given me.
Posted by Tim Casella on 18th August 2015
Joe you have touch me is so many ways I will help the next one love always tim
Posted by Christa Snow on 17th August 2015
Joe a man of courage, strength, wisdom and love...May you leave a small piece of your legacy in each one of us you touched. Forever my friend
Posted by Caryssa Barr on 17th August 2015
Joe, words cannot express how much you will be missed. My heart will always have a special place for you! You have made such a positive impact on me and my family's lives. I will be forever grateful that I had the privilege of knowing such a beautiful and inspiring soul! Love you always!
Posted by Frank McMonagle on 17th August 2015
Joe was the most humble friend I had the privilege of having. he was at our home group every week with a contagious smile and heartfelt hug. He always encouraged me to share because I made him laugh and I would always secretly hoped he shared because he gave me (and many others) hope. They don't make em like him anymore and he will be missed by many.
Posted by Maggie Bree on 17th August 2015
Joe you're a very special person special man with a special heart and the gift for giving of yourself to so many others unconditionally you are already missed in our small community love you Joe say hi to Brian for me rest easy man
Posted by Robert Faust on 17th August 2015
Joe Collins was a man that touched many lives in a positive way, He has a kindness in his heart that you could feel.He was one of those rare unconditionally loving and caring people . Though he will be greatly missed I believe a part of him lives on in The many people who's lives he touched!
Posted by Cora Ford on 17th August 2015
So sorry for the loss of Joseph F. Collins. May the God of comfort grant you peace and the hope of seeing your loved one again. John 5:28,29.
Posted by Carol Poulterer on 16th August 2015
The thought of you puts a smile on my face.....One of my truly close friends....we grew up together....Good....Bad...or indifferent.....we remained buddies.....You will truly be missed by me my friend....
Posted by Joe Hinkle on 16th August 2015
I had the opportunity to go to the NA World convention with Joe in August 2013. It was like walking around with a rock star. He knew so many people and spent most of the time just giving out hugs. He will be missed in our community down the shore. Love ya brother, see you on the other side.
Posted by Bea Church on 15th August 2015
Everyone is Welcome to Joe's Memorial Celebration on August 22 at Casbah Caterers in Philadelphia. Looking forward to seeing you there to celebrate and honor Joe.
Posted by Dorothy Kulisek on 13th August 2015
Dear Bea & family, I pray God will comfort you and bless all the memories of Joe that your heart holds... til you meet again. xoxo
Posted by Colleen Deane on 13th August 2015
I never met u Joe but I have seen the positive influence u have had on my son Ramon's life. Thanku. Colleen Deane Cape Town

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