Frank Collins


It is with sadness we announce that Mr. Frank X. Collins, 77, passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 11, 2023, at his home in Townsend. Frank was born in 1946 to Charles and Elizabeth Collins in Scranton, Pa.

He moved to Cape Charles in 1962 and made the Shore his home. He graduated from Cape Charles High School in 1965.

Frank was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served in the U.S. Navy.  He was the Service Benefit Officer for American Legion Post 56, Cheriton. Frank retired from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel police department after 32 years of service in 2011.

He will be dearly missed by his wife of 45 years, Joyce Matthews Collins; his children, Frank C. Collins (Jennifer), Thomas W. Collins (Bev), Scotty Collins (Chelsea), and Stephen Collins (Jon Bono); grandchildren, Tye X. Collins (Journey), Brian Collins (Hannah), Mirah Collins, Nick Collins, Colton Collins, Emily Burke, Charlie Collins, and Amelia Collins; siblings, Tom Collins (Betty), Charles Collins (Joanne), and Paul Collins (Cecelia); numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of cousins. He was predeceased by his sister, Marge Powell.

The family would like to thank the many close friends and family for their love and support. Frank will be remembered for his sense of humor, his kindness to others, and deep love for his family.

A graveside service was conducted Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, at 11 a.m. at Capeville Masonic Cemetery with the Rev. Jeff Conrow officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting a charitable donation be made in Frank’s name to American Legion Post 56, P.O. Box 357, Cheriton, VA  23316 and/or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.

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Arrangements were made by Wilkins-Doughty Funeral Home in Cape Charles.

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