James E. Collins Jr., jack of all trades, volunteer, husband and father

Hinesburg- It is with heavy hearts that our family announces the passing of - James E Collins, Jr., 75, of Hinesburg. Jim passed away on July 4, 2020 at his home in Hinesburg surrounded by his family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Lawrence, MA on October 27, 1944, the first child of Mary-Louise (Irwin) and James Collins.

Jim treasured the time he spent with his family.  He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years: Anita (Sam), his four children: Kim (Bill) Bouffard, Laurie (Chad) Dewyea, Erin (Matt) Kihm and JT (Eugenia) Lamet-Collins; his brother: Tim (Lani) and sister: Linda, his 12 grandchildren: Shalyn, Shauney, Will, Ashlyn, Helen, Eva, Brynn, Amelia, Reese, Alannah, Jonathan and Nathan and many nieces and nephews, in-laws and wonderful friends. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister: Donna and his brother: Mark.

Jim was a jack of all trades.  He was the neighborhood “Mr. Fix it” there wasn’t anything he couldn’t figure out.  Jim worked many jobs both full time and on the side including being a ranch hand in Colorado and working as a Ski Instructor at Smugglers Notch for 13 years.  Jim moved to Vermont in 1969 while working as a contractor for IBM. One of Jim’s favorite jobs was working at Snojet. Jim eventually settled in at Simmons Precision (BFGoodrich, etc.) and remained there for 32 years until his retirement. Jim was passionate about the town of Hinesburg. He worked on Hinesburg’s Zoning Board of Adjustment and as a Lion’s Club Member for many years, acting as president for a couple years, walking the parade route selling flags, helping to organize and run the duck race, the Easter Egg Hunt and the Farmer’s Market. Jim took the opportunity to better the town by participating in the Town’s Green Up day.

The job he enjoyed most was raising his kids.  He enjoyed time with family, going on adventures and gathering at his home for Sunday dinners, and spending time with everyone all together at the family camp in the islands, boating, and being outside.  Jim shared his love of waterskiing by teaching many family members how to ski.  You could always find Jim outside perfecting the yard spending time with his wife Sam, children, and grandchildren or cutting wood to heat his home. On Friday nights he looked forward to playing billiards with his good friends. Special thanks to Nancy and Bob!

Our family also wishes to express love and gratitude for our Mother, Sam, for her love, commitment and courage during the many years of Dad's illness and for caring for him at home, where he wished to be. 

We would also like to extend our gratitude to the wonderful team of care providers at UVMMC, Dr. Sprague and his team along with UVM Home Hospice especially Kelsey and Natalie who took good care of Jim and helped to lift his and our spirits over the last 3 ½ weeks.

A celebration of Life will be held at a time and place to be announced.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Jim’s memory be made to:

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, or UVM Home Health & Hospice,