Richard Arthur "Dick" Collins

May 20 1936
May 30 2018
82 Years
Daytona Beach, Florida

Richard Arthur "Dick" Collins, 82, of Daytona Beach, FL, died on Wednesday May 30, 2018 at the Tel Hai Retirement Community.  He was the husband of the late Caroline Jean (Vandegriff) Collins who died in 1998.  He was the son of the late Miriam V. (Hague) Collins Jensen and the late Horace S. Collins.

He is survived by four children: Randy L. Collins and wife Sandy of Coatesville, Andrea J. Crudden (widow to David) of Downingtown, Richell (Shelly) M. Groff and husband Lance of Coatesville, Samantha (Sam) A. Collins and fiancé Steve Sloyer of Coatesville; ten grandchildren, five great grandchildren, extended family, and many friends.

He was predeceased by a daughter Nancy V. Shepherd (husband Mark Shepherd) in 1988, and a son Arthur S. Collins in 2012; and a brother Donald D. Collins (wife Betty) in 2004.

Richard (Dick) was a Lifetime Member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Piston Poppers Motorcycle Club, as well as a member of the Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club, the North Florida Antique Tractor Club, the North Florida Antique Engine Association and the Mid Florida Antique Machinery Club.

He enjoyed restoring, rebuilding, preserving and exhibiting small antique engines and tractors (mainly Bantams).  All types of transportation intrigued him throughout his life.  He also had a great gift of storytelling.

The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 9th at 10 AM at the Tel Hai Chapel, 1200 Tel Hai Circle, Honey Brook, PA 19344, followed by interment in the Philadelphia Memorial Cemetery.  The viewing will be held at the Chapel from 9 AM until the time of the service.

Arrangements by the Wilde Funeral Home, Parkesburg, PA. Online condolences can be posted at

Service Date: 
Jun 9 2018 - 10:00am
Service Location: 
Tel- Hai Chapel


Jim and I thought the world of Richard. He spent every morning at our little restaurant for breakfast with his friend Bill. He always had a smile on his face and a story to tell. He will be missed terribly. God speed Richard

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Please accept our condolences from Florida.  We will miss Dick riding to our bank office in Daytona on his Harley and offering to take my secretary for a ride (probably 2008 or 2009).  We still talk about that.   Super guy.   Hang in there.

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