Anthony “Wayne” Collins, 58, of Newark DE, passed away suddenly on May 18, 2019 with his family by his side.
Wayne was born in Wilmington, DE, son of the late Thomas Collins, Sr. and Mary Jackson Collins. He was a graduate of Delcastle Technical High School. Wayne was an electronic repair technician by profession and was owner/operator of New Castle Electronics in the early 90’s. Wayne was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He had a passion for cooking his entire life and loved sharing his knowledge and recipes with his children. He was always excited when the family asked him to prepare a special dish for an event or family gathering. In his leisure time, he enjoyed listening to all genres of music, especially the blues, going to concerts, working on projects in his house and being outdoors working on the yard, feeding the birds and squirrels and tending to his frog ponds. Wayne loved his children with all his heart and made many special memories over the years. He especially loved creating elaborate Halloween displays, decorating for Christmas and going camping when they were little. Although Wayne’s health had declined over recent years, he did everything he could for his family. Wayne loved traveling with his wife and always wanted her by his side wherever he went. He cherished the long weekends he and his wife spent in Gettysburg, which he called “their special place”. Wayne was blessed with grandchildren and spent endless hours taking care of and playing with his three beautiful grandsons. He will be fondly remembered for his great sense of humor and generous heart.
He is survived by his beloved wife and “best friend” of 32 years, Karen Mullins Collins; daughters, Ashley and Alyssa, both of Wilmington; son, Alexander at home; grandsons, Logan, Clark and Parker; mother-in-law, Greata Mullins of Marco Island, FL; brothers, Thomas “June” and Ray, with whom he shared a special bond. In addition to his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Klingler, whom he missed dearly until the day of his passing, his first-born son, Anthony Wayne Collins, Jr. and father-in-law, Jerry K. Mullins Sr.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 29, 2019, from 11 to 12 noon at Gebhart Funeral Home, 531 Delaware St, New Castle, DE 19720, followed by a service in celebration of Wayne’s life.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Wayne’s memory to Best Friends Animal Society www.bestfriends.org/
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