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Glenn Collins

Glenn R. Collins

Thursday, May 14th, 1936 - Thursday, November 7th, 2019
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POTSDAM – Glenn R. Collins, 83, a longtime resident of Bagdad Road, passed away Thursday afternoon, November 7, 2019 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital with his family by his side.

Glenn was born May 14, 1936 in Potsdam, the son of the late Floyd and Bernice (Hazelton) Collins. He graduated from Potsdam High School in 1954 and proudly served his country in the US Army. On April 3, 1965, he married Judith D. Palmer at the Potsdam United Methodist Church.

Glenn worked in the Maintenance and Facilities Departments at Clarkson University for 34 years until his retirement. He had previously worked on various jobs during the construction of the Seaway. For the past 19 years, he was the caretaker of the Bayside Cemetery in Potsdam. Glenn also was a fire warden fo the Town of Potsdam, issuing fire permits for many years. He was longtime member of the Free and Accepted Masons in both the Racquette River Lodge and the Amber Lodge. He also served for several terms as their Master. He had a great love for farming and fishing, was an avid Clarkson Hockey Fan, and cherished the time he was able to spend with his family and friends.

Glenn is survived by loving wife of 54 years, Judy; his children, Brian Collins of Ithaca; Christopher Collins of Geneva; Robin Snyder and her husband, Richard of Potsdam; and Rebecca Collins of Potsdam; his grandchildren, Randy and Ryan Snyder, Lauren Collins, and Chelsea Beamis; his sister, Una C. Frank of Potsdam; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a granddaughter, Rachel Collins; a sister, Irene Manfred; and a half sister, Virginia Ling.

Friends may call Monday 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM to 3:45 PM at the Donaldson-Seymour Funeral Home where members of the Masonic Lodge will hold a memorial ritual at 3:45, following by a prayer service. Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family in Bayside Cemetery, Potsdam.

In lieu of flowers those wishing may consider donations to Potsdam Rescue Squad, Bayside Cemetery Association, or St. Lawrence Masonic Charities.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, November 11th, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Monday, November 11th, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Donaldson ~ Seymour Funeral Home
    4 Cedar Street
    POTSDAM, NY 13676
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  • Second Visitation

    Monday, November 11th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Monday, November 11th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Donaldson ~ Seymour Funeral Home
    4 Cedar Street
    POTSDAM, NY 13676
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  • Service

    Monday, November 11th, 2019 | 3:45pm
    Monday, November 11th, 2019 3:45pm
    Donaldson ~ Seymour Funeral Home
    4 Cedar Street
    POTSDAM, NY 13676
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    Masonic Service at 3:45 followed by a prayer service
  • Interment

    Bayside Cemetery
    Outer Clarkson Ave
    POTSDAM, NY 13676
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    To be held privately at the convenience of the family


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Diane Moser

Posted at 01:28pm
Take comfort in the memories. Gone too soon. A life well lived! Love , Bob and Diane Moser Family

Marsha Renner

Posted at 12:41pm
Aunt Judy, Aunt Una and all the cousins and families,
We are thinking and praying for all of you during this difficult time.
He was a very special Uncle to us...we have so many fond memories that will remain in our hearts forever!
With deepest sympathy,
Marsha, Mike and family

Crystal Ruth Soper

Posted at 11:59am
Our deepest condolences go out to your family. May the care and love of those around you all provide comfort and peace needed to get through the days ahead.
John and Crystal Soper and family.

Donna Tempert

Posted at 10:10am
Aunt Judy and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Memories of Uncle Glenn will be with us forever

Suzann Cheney

Posted at 09:51am
Our Deepest Sympathies The Cheney Family
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